Steuben County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Angola
Organized: February 7, 1835
Parent County(s): La Grange[1]
Neighboring Counties
La Grange  • Noble  • DeKalb  • Williams (OH)  • Hillsdale (MI)  • Branch (MI)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Steuben County was named for Baron Steuben, a Prussian officer of distinction, who joined the American army during the revolutionary war, and rendered the cause of independence valuable aid.[2] The county is located in the northeastern corner of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Steuben County Courthouse
55 South Public Square
Angola, IN 46703
Phone: 260-668-1000
County Website

Steuben County Health Department
317 South Wayne Street
Angola, IN 46703
Health Officer: Ted Crisman, MD
Phone: 260-668-1000
Fax: 260-665-1418
Health Department

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, court and probate records from 1814.
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.

Steuben 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
1907 1837 1900 1837 mid-1800s 1837 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

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,578
1850 6,104 136.8%
1860 10,374 70.0%
1870 12,854 23.9%
1880 14,645 13.9%
1890 14,478 −1.1%
1900 15,219 5.1%
1910 14,274 −6.2%
1920 13,360 −6.4%
1930 13,386 0.2%
1940 13,740 2.6%
1950 17,087 24.4%
1960 17,184 0.6%
1970 20,159 17.3%
1980 24,694 22.5%
1990 27,446 11.1%
2000 33,214 21.0%
2010 34,185 2.9%
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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 Steuben County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Steuben 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, 1861-1865

Civil War service men from Steuben 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 Steuben County.

Civil War Books:

  • Carpenter, Jesse H. 1889. The war for the Union, 1861-1865 A record of its defenders, living and dead, from Steuben county, Indiana. (Regiment, Companies, Names; Roll Of Honor, page 42- 48) Available online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archive; Allen County Library
  • The Civil War Chapter 5 in History of Steuben County, Indiana: together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens: also a condensed history of Indiana, embodying accounts of prehistoric races, aborigines, Winnebago and Black Hawk wars, and a brief review of its civil and political history. (1885. Chicago: Inter-state.) (page 339 - 406, Regiment, Companies) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.

World War I

World War II, 1941-1945

  • Steuben County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps AccessGenealogy

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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

Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County
322 S Wayne St
Angola, IN 46703
Phone: 260-665-8958

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Fremont Historical Society
P.O. Box 509
Fremont, IN 46737-0509
Phone: 260-495-4711

Steuben County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 884
Angola, IN 46703-0884

Steuben County Historical Society
313 East Maumee Street
Angola, IN 46703
Phone: 260-665-5060

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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Steuben County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/03/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Steuben County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 04/03/2017.
  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, "Steuben County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Steuben County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 09 January 2020.