Vigo County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Terre Haute
Organized: January 21, 1818
Parent County(s): Sullivan[1]
Neighboring Counties
Sullivan  • Clay  • Parke  • Vermillion  • Edgar (IL)  • Clark (IL)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Vigo County was named for Francis Vigo, an Italian tradesman who was instrumental in the capture of Fort Vincennes by George Rogers Clark, and assistance both in financing Clark's expedition and American Revolutionary War efforts, and in service as an agent obtaining military information for Clark against British campaigns on the then frontier. Francis Vigo was of Italian heritage but a citizen of Spain due to residence in St. Louis.[2]The county is located in the west-central part of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Vigo County Courthouse
333 Wabash Avenue
PO Box 8449
Terre Haute, IN 47808
Phone: 812-462-3214
County Website

Vigo County Health Department
147 Oak Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Health Officer: Darren Brucken, MD
Phone: 812-462-3428
Fax: 812-231-6242
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, probate and court records from from 1818 and divorce records from 1825.[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.

Vigo 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
1812 1818 1882 1818 1816 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:[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 Vigo 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 Vigo County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 3,390
1830 5,766 70.1%
1840 12,076 109.4%
1850 15,289 26.6%
1860 22,517 47.3%
1870 33,549 49.0%
1880 45,658 36.1%
1890 50,195 9.9%
1900 62,035 23.6%
1910 87,930 41.7%
1920 100,212 14.0%
1930 98,861 −1.3%
1940 99,709 0.9%
1950 105,160 5.5%
1960 108,458 3.1%
1970 114,528 5.6%
1980 112,385 −1.9%
1990 106,107 −5.6%
2000 105,848 −0.2%
2010 107,848 1.9%
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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]

  • Brown, Mrs. Herbert E. Vigo County, Indiana Family Records. [n.p.], 1966. WorldCat
  • Dorrel, Ruth. Vigo County, Indiana Index of Names of Persons and of Firms. Indianapolis: County History Indexing Project, Indiana Historical Society, 1982. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Farwell, Bonnie. Genealogical and Historical Sketches of Vigo County, Indiana. Terre Haute, IN: Daughters of the American Revolution, 1929. WorldCat
  • Inventories to Collections: Manuscript Collections (Vigo County Public Library)
  • Vigo County, Indiana Family Records. Terre Haute, IN: Ft. Harrison Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1945. WorldCat

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 Vigo County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Vigo 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

Mexican War

Civil War
Civil War service men from Vigo 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 Vigo County.

Civil War Books:

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

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]

  • Jerse, Dorothy W., and John R. Becker III. Terre Haute & Vigo County in Vintage Postcards (Postcard History series). Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2001. Google Books

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 Vigo 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]

  • 1882-1920 - Index to birth records, Vigo County, 1882-1920. Works Progress Administration. Indianapolis: Indiana State Library, 1983. FHL 1380337

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

Vigo County Public Library
One Library Square
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Phone: 812-232-1113

Museums[edit | edit source]

Vigo County Historical Society Museum
929 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN
Phone: 812-235-9717

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Vigo County Historical Society and Museum
929 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Phone: 812-235-9717

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