Switzerland County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Vevay
Organized: September 7, 1814
Parent County(s): Dearborn, Jefferson[1]
Neighboring Counties
Ohio  • Dearborn  • Ripley  • Jefferson  • Carroll (KY)  • Gallatin (KY)  • Boone (KY)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Switzerland County was named for the country, Switzerland.[2] The county is located in the southeastern area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Switzerland County Courthouse
212 W Main Street
Vevay, IN 47043
Phone: 812-427-3175
County Website

Switzerland County Health Department
P.O. Box 14, 1190 W. Main, Suite 300
Vevay, IN, 47043
Health Officer: Scott Frede, MD
Phone Number: 812-427-3220
Fax: 812-427-0235
Health Department

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records. <bbr>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.

Switzerland 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 1814 1882 1814 1814 1814 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 Switzerland 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 Switzerland County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 3,934
1830 7,028 78.6%
1840 9,920 41.1%
1850 12,932 30.4%
1860 12,698 −1.8%
1870 12,134 −4.4%
1880 13,336 9.9%
1890 12,514 −6.2%
1900 11,840 −5.4%
1910 9,914 −16.3%
1920 9,311 −6.1%
1930 8,432 −9.4%
1940 8,167 −3.1%
1950 7,599 −7.0%
1960 7,092 −6.7%
1970 6,306 −11.1%
1980 7,153 13.4%
1990 7,738 8.2%
2000 9,065 17.1%
2010 10,613 17.1%
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 Switzerland County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Switzerland 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 Switzerland 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 Switzerland County.

Civil War Book:

  • "Military History" Chapter 10 in ''History of Switzerland County, Indiana from Their Earliest Settlement: Containing a History of the Cities, Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, and Churches Reminiscences, Extracts, Etc. Local Statistics Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; (Biographies. Mt. Vernon, Ind: Windmill Publications, 1993.). FHL Collection, (page 1099-1199 gives Regiment, Company, Name)

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 Switzerland 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 Switzerland 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.
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Switzerland County Public Library
Genealogy Research Room
205 Ferry St.
Vevay, IN 47043
Phone: 812-427-3363

Museums[edit | edit source]

Swiss Heritage Village & Museum
P.O. Box 88
1200 Swiss Way
Berne, IN 46711
Phone: 260-589-8007

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Switzerland County Historical Society
P.O. Box 201
208 E. Market St.
Vevay, IN 47043
Phone: 812-427-3560
Email: swcomuseums@embarqmail.com

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, “Switzerland County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/switzerland/ accessed 04/03/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Switzerland County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland_County,_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, "Switzerland County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Switzerland County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland_County,_Indiana, accessed 09 January 2020.