Ripley County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Versailles
Organized: December 27, 1816
Parent County(s): Dearborn, Jefferson [1]
Neighboring Counties
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Ripley County was named for Gen. Eleazer Wheelock Ripley, an officer in the War of 1812, who was mainly remembered for the Battle of Lundy's Lane and the Siege of Fort Erie, in 1814. The county is located in the east-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Ripley County Courthouse
P.O. Box 177
Versailles, IN 47042
Phone: 812-689-6115
County Website

Ripley County Health Department
102 West 1st North Street, Suite 106
P.O. Box 745
Versailles, IN 47042
Health Officer: David Welsh, MD
Phone Number: 812-689-5751
Fax: 812-689-3909
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1818.
County Recorder has land 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.

Ripley 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 1818 1882 1918 1818 1818 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:[7]

Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • History and Directory of Ripley County. 1888. By Ed. C. Jerman. [Versailles, Indiana : Republican Print]. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library. Brief history begins page 64; county historical timeline pages 69-88.

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 1,822
1830 3,989 118.9%
1840 10,392 160.5%
1850 14,820 42.6%
1860 19,054 28.6%
1870 20,977 10.1%
1880 21,627 3.1%
1890 19,350 −10.5%
1900 19,881 2.7%
1910 19,452 −2.2%
1920 18,694 −3.9%
1930 18,078 −3.3%
1940 18,898 4.5%
1950 18,763 −0.7%
1960 20,641 10.0%
1970 21,138 2.4%
1980 24,398 15.4%
1990 24,616 0.9%
2000 26,523 7.7%
2010 28,818 8.7%
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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]

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 Ripley County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • History of Ripley County, Indiana. 1968. Compiled by the Business and Professional Women of Osgood, Versailles, Milan and Holton. Batavia, Ohio : Clermont Pub. Co. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.

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 Ripley 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 Ripley County.

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 Ripley 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 Ripley 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 Ripley County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Batesville Memorial Public Library
131 N. Walnut St.
Batesville, IN 47006-4897
Phone: 812-934-4706

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Ripley County Historical Society
P.O. Box 525
125 Washington St.
Versailles, IN 47023
Phone: 812-689-3031

Batesville-Area Historical Society
15 West George St.
Batesville, IN 47006
Phone: 812-932-0999

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. Wikipedia contributors, "Ripley County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 04/03/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Ripley County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Ripley County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 02 January 2020.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at