White County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Monticello
Organized: February 1, 1834
Parent County(s): Carroll[1]
Neighboring Counties
Jasper  • Pulaski  • Cass  • Carroll  • Tippecanoe  • Benton
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

White County was named for Isaac White of Equality, Illinois. White was a colonel in the Illinois militia, who volunteered to serve as a private in the Indiana militia in the march against Prophetstown. He was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. The county is located in the northwestern part of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

White County Courthouse
110 North Main Street
PO Box 350
Monticello, IN 47960
Phone: 219-583-7032
County Website

White County Health Department
902 Foxwood Ct.
Monticello, IN 47960
Health Officer: Charles Tribbett, MD
Phone: 574-583-8254
Fax: 574-583-1513
Email: healthdept@whitecountyindiana.us
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1834.
County Recorder has land records.
County Health Department has birth, death and burial 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.

White 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 1834 1882 1834 1834 1834 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:[7]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,832
1850 4,761 159.9%
1860 8,258 73.5%
1870 10,554 27.8%
1880 13,795 30.7%
1890 15,671 13.6%
1900 19,138 22.1%
1910 17,602 −8.0%
1920 17,351 −1.4%
1930 15,831 −8.8%
1940 17,037 7.6%
1950 18,042 5.9%
1960 19,709 9.2%
1970 20,995 6.5%
1980 23,867 13.7%
1990 23,265 −2.5%
2000 25,267 8.6%
2010 24,643 −2.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

National Archives Catalog

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 White County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for White 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]

Jasper CountyPulaski CountyCass CountyCarroll CountyTippecanoe CountyBenton CountyIN WHITE.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from White 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 White County.

1890 Census Veterans Schedules

The 1890 Census Veterans Schedules for White County are available on roll 118 of "Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War" (NARA M123). The schedules list veterans and their widows who served as Union soldiers in the Civil War. For more information on the 1890 Veterans Schedules see Union Census Records.

Civil War Book:

  • A standard history of White County, Indiana: an authentic narrative of the past, with an extended survey of modern developments in the progress of town and country. Hamelle, William H. 1977. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic.), "Military Matters" Chapter 11 (page 176-191); Available at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive

Civil War Databases

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

White County Historical Society
101 South Bluff Street
Monticello, IN 47860
Phone: 574-583-3998
Email: museum@lightstreamin.com

Anson Wolcott Historical Society
P.O. Box 242
Wolcott, IN 47995
Phone: 219-279-2951

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. Wikipedia contributors, "White County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_County,_Indiana accessed 04/05/2017.
  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, "White County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "White County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_County,_Indiana, accessed 16 January 2020.