Starke County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Knox
Organized: February 7, 1835[1]
Parent County(s): St. Joseph[2]
Neighboring Counties
Porter  • La Porte  • St. Joseph  • Marshall  • Fulton  • Pulaski  • Jasper
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Starke County was named for Gen. John Stark, who commanded New Hampshire troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775 in the Revolutionary War and defeated the British at the Battle of Bennington in 1777.[3]The county is located in the north-central area of the state.[4]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Starke County Courthouse
PO Box 395
Knox, IN 46534
Phone: 574-772-9128
County Website

Starke County Health Department
108 N Pearl Street
Knox, IN, 46534
Health Officer: Thomas Browne, MD
Phone Number: 574-772-9137
Fax: 574-772-8035
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1850.
County Auditor has land records from 1850.
County Health Department has birth and death records. [5]
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.

Starke 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[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1894 1850 1894 1850 1850 1850 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:[9]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 149
1850 557 273.8%
1860 2,195 294.1%
1870 3,888 77.1%
1880 5,105 31.3%
1890 7,339 43.8%
1900 10,431 42.1%
1910 10,567 1.3%
1920 10,278 −2.7%
1930 10,620 3.3%
1940 12,258 15.4%
1950 15,282 24.7%
1960 17,911 17.2%
1970 19,280 7.6%
1980 21,997 14.1%
1990 22,747 3.4%
2000 23,556 3.6%
2010 23,363 −0.8%
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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


St. Johannes Evangelical Lutheran Church, Knox

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]

M.C. Smith Funeral Home

153 E Washington street

Knox, IN 46534


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 Starke County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Starke 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]

Porter CountyLa Porte CountySt. Joseph CountyMarshall CountyPulaski CountyJasper CountyFulton CountyIN STARKE.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

5th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry (90th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers), Company C

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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

North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library
208 Keller Avenue
North Judson, IN 46366
Phone: 574-896-2841

Starke County Public Library System
152 W. Culver Rd.
Knox, IN 46534
Phone: 574-772-7323

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Starke County Genealogical Society Of Indiana
152 West Culver Road
Knox, IN 46534

Starke County Historical Society
1520 S Heaton Street
Knox, IN 46534
Phone: 574-772-7242

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Starke County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/03/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Starke County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 04/03/2017.
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Starke County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Starke County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 07 January 2020.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at