Daviess County, Indiana Genealogy

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

Daviess County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded December 24, 1816
County Seat Washington
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Address Daviess County Courthouse
PO Box 739;
Washington, IN 47501
Phone: 812.254.8664
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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 1817 1882 1817 1817 1817 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 24 December 1816 from Knox county [2]
  • County Seat: Washington [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Maj. Joseph Hamilton Daviess, U.S. District Attorney for Kentucky, killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. The county seat is Daviess and the county was organized in 1818. [4]The County is located in the South-west part of the state.[5]

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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Greene  • Martin  • Dubois  • Pike  • Knox

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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1879-- The courthouse was destroyed by fire and many records were lost. Marriage records and the index to probate and deed records were not destroyed.

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
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
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.
1820 3,432
1830 4,543 32.4%
1840 6,720 47.9%
1850 10,352 54.0%
1860 13,323 28.7%
1870 16,747 25.7%
1880 21,552 28.7%
1890 26,227 21.7%
1900 29,914 14.1%
1910 27,747 −7.2%
1920 26,856 −3.2%
1930 25,832 −3.8%
1940 26,163 1.3%
1950 26,762 2.3%
1960 26,636 −0.5%
1970 26,602 −0.1%
1980 27,836 4.6%
1990 27,533 −1.1%
2000 29,820 8.3%
2010 31,648 6.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Daviess 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]

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 Daviess County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Daviess 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 Daviess County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Maps[edit | edit source]

Greene CountyKnox CountyPike CountyDubois CountyMartin CountyIN DAVIESS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Daviess 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 Daviess County.

  • Daviess County, Indiana: Regiments in the Civil War - INGenWeb

Civil War Book

  • "Military History" Chaper 6 in History of Knox and Davis Counties, Indiana, from the earliest time to the present : with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the state government (Chicago, Goodspeed Pub. Co) Page 644-674.   977.23 H2g FHL Collection  INTERNET ARCHIVE   other libraries
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918[edit | edit source]
  1. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Daviess County (Source: Explore ancestry.com for free) ($)
  2. Indiana, World War I, Enrollment Cards, 1919 at FamilySearch — index and images
World War II, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]
  1. Daviess County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: AccessGenealogy

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Occupations[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 Daviess County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records. Online Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Daviess 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]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Daviess County Indiana Courthouse.jpg

Daviess  County Courthouse
PO Box 739;
Washington, IN 47501
Phone: 812.254.8664

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and
court records from 1817. [8]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Daviess County Historical Society
212 E Main St
PO Box 2341
Washington, IN 47501
Telephone Number: 812-257-0301
Fax: 812-257-0301
E-mail: dchistory@sbcglobal.net

Daviess Genealogical Society
703 Front Street
Washington, IN 47501

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.

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[edit source]

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Daviess 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 Daviess 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), Daviess 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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Daviess County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daviess_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Daviess County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/daviess/ accessed 3/02/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "DaviessCounty," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daviess_County,_Indiana accessed 3/02/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, " Daviess County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daviess_County,_Indiana, accessed 04 December 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/9/91/Igiindiana.pdf.
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Daviess County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.