Pike County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Petersburg
Organized: December 21, 1816
Parent County(s): Gibson, Knox, Perry [1]
Neighboring Counties
Knox  • Daviess  • Dubois  • Warrick  • Gibson
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Pike County was named in honor of General Z. M. Pike, who fell at the capture of York, April 27th, 1813.[2]It is located in the southwestern area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Pike County Courthouse
801 Main Street
Petersburg, IN 47567
Phone: 812-354-6025
County Website

Pike County Health Department
907 Walnut St
Petersburg, IN, 47567
Health Officer: Nathanial Grow, MD
Phone Number: 812-354-8797
Fax: 812-354-2532
Email: agladish@pikeco.org
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, divorce and court records from 1817 and probate records from early 1800s.
County health Department has birth and death records.
County Recorder has land records. [4]
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.

Pike 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1817 1887 1817 1817 early 1800s 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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:[8]

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 Pike 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 Pike County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 1,472
1830 2,475 68.1%
1840 4,769 92.7%
1850 7,720 61.9%
1860 10,078 30.5%
1870 13,779 36.7%
1880 16,383 18.9%
1890 18,544 13.2%
1900 20,486 10.5%
1910 19,684 −3.9%
1920 18,684 −5.1%
1930 16,361 −12.4%
1940 17,045 4.2%
1950 14,995 −12.0%
1960 12,797 −14.7%
1970 12,281 −4.0%
1980 13,465 9.6%
1990 12,509 −7.1%
2000 12,837 2.6%
2010 12,845 0.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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]

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 Pike County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • Anderson, Forrest R. 1942.Historical notes on Dubois & Pike Counties, Indiana. (Ireland, Ind: [s.n.].) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Ancestry.com $
  • McClellan, Ruth Miley. Pike County History: Bicentennial Edition 1776-1976. Petersburg, Ind: Pike County Historical Society; Evansville, Ind: Printed by Unigraphic, Inc., 1976.
  • Petersburg Womans Club. A History of Pike County, Ind. Petersburg, IN:typescript, 80 leaves. Copy at Barrett Memorial Library, Petersburg, Indiana. Microfilm at FHL Collection
  • Pike County Historical Society. Pike County, Indiana History and Families, 1816-1987. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Pub. Co., c1987, 236 p. FHL Collection

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 Pike 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 Pike County.

Civil War Books:

  • Military History Chapter 5 in History of Pike and Dubois counties, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc. together with an extended history of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory, and the state of Indiana. 2000. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press. Harvard (18th ed.)) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archive

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 Pike 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 Pike County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Pike County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Pike County Public Library
1008 Maple St
Petersburg, IN 47567
Phone: 812-354-6257
Email: p.clerks@pikeco.lib.in.us

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Pike County Historical Society
P.O. Box 216
1104 Main Street
Petersburg, IN 47567
Phone: 812-354-1034

Pike County Indiana Genealogy Society Inc.
P.O. Box 83
1008 East Maple St.
Petersburg, IN 47567-1736
Email: PikeCountyGenealogySociety@hotmail.com

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.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Pike County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/pike/ 3/30/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Pike County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pike_County,_Indiana 3/30/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Pike County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pike_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Pike County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pike_County,_Indiana, accessed 30 December 2019.
  9. Indiana University