Noble County, Indiana Genealogy

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Guide to Noble County, Indiana ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Albion
Organized: February 7, 1835
Parent County(s): Elkhart, La Grange, Allen[1]
Neighboring Counties
Elkhart  • La Grange  • Steuben  • DeKalb  • Allen  • Whitley  • Kosciusko
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Noble County was named for Governor Noah Noble. It is located in the northeastern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Noble County Courthouse
101 North Orange Street
Albion, IN 46701-1097
Phone: 219-636-2736
Noble County Website

Noble County Health Department
2090 North State Road 9, Suite C
Albion, IN, 46701
Health Officer: Terry Gaff, MD
Phone: 260-636-2191
Fax: 260-636-2192
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1859.
County Auditor has land records.
City Clerk has burial records. [3]
Health Department has birth records and death records.
Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Noble County, Indiana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1859 1882 1859 1834 1859 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1843 and 1859 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Noble County, Indiana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.


Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Noble County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,702
1850 7,946 194.1%
1860 14,915 87.7%
1870 20,389 36.7%
1880 22,956 12.6%
1890 23,359 1.8%
1900 23,533 0.7%
1910 24,009 2.0%
1920 22,470 −6.4%
1930 22,404 −0.3%
1940 22,776 1.7%
1950 25,075 10.1%
1960 28,162 12.3%
1970 31,382 11.4%
1980 35,443 12.9%
1990 37,877 6.9%
2000 46,275 22.2%
2010 47,536 2.7%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African American

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents. See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the Noble County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Noble County. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. For more information about local histories, see Indiana Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Noble County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Noble County.

Civil War Book:

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Indiana newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the Noble County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Indiana tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Indiana law in 1882 required registration of births and deaths in counties. The Indiana Department of Health has birth records filed after October 1907 and death records filed after January 1900 for deaths. Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Noble County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Noble County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.
Noble County Public Library Cromwell
120 Jefferson Street
Cromwell, IN 46732
Phone: 260-856-2119

Noble County Public Library Albion
813 E. Main St.
Albion, IN 46701
Phone: 260-636-7197

Noble County Public Library Avilla
104 Ley St.
Avilla, IN 46710
Phone: 260-897-3900

Museums[edit | edit source]

Kendallville Historical Society
(Mid-America Windmill Museum)
P.O. Box 5048
732 Allen Chapel Rd
Kendallville, IN 46755-5048
Phone: 260-347-2334

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Noble County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Societies.

Ligonier Historical Society And Museum
503 S Main Street
Ligonier, IN 46767-1815
Phone: 260-894-4511

Noble County Historical Society
P.O. Box 152
215 W. Main St.
Albion, IN 46701
Phone: 260-636-3929

Noble County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 162
109 N. York Street
Albion, IN 46701-0162
Phone: 260-636-7197

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana. FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Noble County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana (accessed 30 March 2017).
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana. FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana. FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Noble County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Noble County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana (accessed 28 December 2019).