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This article is about a northeast Indiana county. For other uses, see Allen.

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

Allen County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded December 17, 1823
County Seat Fort Wayne
Address Allen County Courthouse
715 S Calhoun Street #200
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone. 260.449.7245
Allen County Website
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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1824 1870 1823 1824 1823 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Organized December 17, 1823 from Delaware New Purchase and unorganized territory, and formed April 1, 1824.
  • County Seat: Fort Wayne [2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for of John Allen. Its county seat is Fort Wayne and the county was formed April 1, 1824. It is located in the Northeast area of the state.[3]

Places/Localities[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:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Academie
  • Centreville
  • East Liberty
  • Fairport
  • Lewisburg
  • Massillon
  • Middletown

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

DeKalb  • Noble  • Whitley  • Huntington  • Wells  • Adam  • Van Wert  • Paulding  • Defiance

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps" (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
INGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 996
1840 5,942 496.6%
1850 16,919 184.7%
1860 29,328 73.3%
1870 43,494 48.3%
1880 54,763 25.9%
1890 66,689 21.8%
1900 77,270 15.9%
1910 93,386 20.9%
1920 114,303 22.4%
1930 146,743 28.4%
1940 155,084 5.7%
1950 183,722 18.5%
1960 232,196 26.4%
1970 280,455 20.8%
1980 294,335 4.9%
1990 300,836 2.2%
2000 331,849 10.3%
2010 355,329 7.1%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Allen County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.

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.


Catholic[edit | edit source]
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
[edit | edit source]
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit | edit source]

Ward and Branch Records

  • Fort Wayne
Presbyterian[edit | edit source]

For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.

Finding More Church Records[edit source]

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Allen County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source] ($) has Fort Wayne City Directories 1902-1923 and miscellaneous years dating back to 1861 available online.

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Historical Photos[edit | edit source]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Allen County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. Online County Histories

For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana Local Histories.

Land and Property[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.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the courthouse, where records are currently housed.

See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

Finding More Land Records[edit source]

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Allen County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Maps[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Allen County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Allen County.

World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918[edit | edit source]
World War II, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Allen County, Indiana Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings. The Indiana Division of the Indiana State Library has the state’s largest newspaper collection. Their newspaper microfilms are available through inter-library loan. For a county-by-county inventory of their 16,500 reels of Indiana newspaper microfilms, see their Indiana Collection.

Other places to access newspapers are Newspaper Archive ($)(may be free at your local library), public librariescollege or university libraries, the Library of Congress, or Google News.

For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

  • Obituary Index, 1841- July 2015 Web site shows name, date of obituary and name of newspaper and page for the Fort Wayne and Allen County areas. There are more than 542,000 records in the database.

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 Allen County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records. Online Probate Reccords

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Allen County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]
Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Allen County Clerk of the Courts
715 South Calhoun Street, # 200A
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Telephone: 260-449-7245
Website: Clerk of the Courts

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records records from 1824, divorce, probate and court records from 1823.
County Recorder has land records.
County Board of Health has birth, death and burial records.[6]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
  • African/African-American Historical Museum
  • Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum
  • The History Center /
    Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society

    302 East Berry Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    Phone: 260-426-2882
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society
    302 East Berry Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    Phone: 260-426-2882
    Fax: 260-424-4419
  • Allen County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 12003
    Fort Wayne, IN 46862
  • Besancon Historical Society
    15535 Lincoln Highway East
    New Haven, IN 46774
  • Grabill Historical Society
    PO Box 346
    Grabill, IN 46741-0346
    Phone: 260-627-5227
    Fax: 260-627-2465
  • Huntertown Historical Society
    PO Box 662
    Huntertown, IN 46748-0662
    Phone: 260-637-3530
    Fax: 260-637-8598
  • Monroeville Historical Society
    407 Elm Street
    Monroeville, IN 46773-9340
    Contact: Blain Ryan
  • Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society
    15808 Edgerton Road
    New Haven, IN 46774
    Phone: 260-493-0765
  • Settlers, Inc.
    1424 West Jefferson Blvd.
    Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    Phone: 260-424-7212
  • Four Presidents Corners Historical Society
  • Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter NSDAR
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the family history center directory.

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Taxation[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.

For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Allen County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

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 Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Allen County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Allen County, Indiana. Page 211-218 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 208-211.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Allen County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Allen County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 2/27/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Allen County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana#Amish_community, accessed 19 November 2019.
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Allen, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.