Vermillion County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Newport
Organized: January 2, 1824
Parent County(s): Parke
Neighboring Counties
Vigo  • Parke  • Fountain  • Warren  • Vermilion (IL)  • Edgar (IL)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Vermillion County was named for the Vermillion River, which flows nearby.[1] The county is located in the west-central part of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Vermillion County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Newport, IN 47966-0008
Phone: 765-492-3500
County Website

Vermillion County Health Department
257 Walnut Street
Clinton, IN 47804
Health Officer: John Albrecht, MD
Phone: 765-832-3622
Fax: 765-832-3684
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882 County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1824.
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.

Vermillion 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 1824 1882 1824 Unknown 1824 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Jan. 1844 The courthouse was destroyed by fire in January of 1844, but all of the records were saved.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 5,692
1840 8,274 45.4%
1850 8,661 4.7%
1860 9,422 8.8%
1870 10,840 15.0%
1880 12,025 10.9%
1890 13,154 9.4%
1900 15,252 15.9%
1910 18,865 23.7%
1920 27,625 46.4%
1930 23,238 −15.9%
1940 21,787 −6.2%
1950 19,723 −9.5%
1960 17,683 −10.3%
1970 16,793 −5.0%
1980 18,229 8.6%
1990 16,773 −8.0%
2000 16,788 0.1%
2010 16,212 −3.4%
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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 Vermillion County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Vermillion 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]

Revolutionary War

Civil War
Civil War service men from Vermillion 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 Vermillion County.

Civil War Books:

  • Military History Of Vermillion County Chapter 6 in B.F. Bowen & Co. History of Parke and Vermillion Counties, Indiana: With Historical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. (Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen, 1913.) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archive

World War I 1914-1918

World War II 1941-1945

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

Newport-Vermillion County Public Library
385 E. Market St.
P.O. Box 100
Newport, IN 47966
Phone: 765-492-3555

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Vermillion County Historical Society
P.O. Box 273
220 East Market Street
Newport, IN 47966-0273
Phone: 765-492-4417

Wabash Valley Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 7012
Terre Haute, IN 47802-7012

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Vermillion County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/04/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Vermillion County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 04/04/2017.
  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, "Vermillion County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Vermillion County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 13 January 2020.