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DeKalb County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded 1835
County Seat Auburn
Courthouse
Address DeKalb County Courthouse
100 S Main Street PO Box 810
Auburn, IN 46706
Phone: 219.925.2112
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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 1837 1882 1837 1837 1855 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed in 1835 from unorganized territory (Allen/LaGrange)[2]
  • County Seat: Auburn [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the heroic General Johann de Kalb, a Continental Army officer from Bavaria, who was fatally wounded at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina. It's county seat is Auburn and was founded 1837. It is located in the Northeast area of the state.[4]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Steuben  • La Grange  • Noble  • Steuben  • Allen  • Williams  • Defiance


The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Johann de Kalb (1721-1780), a German baron.[5]

Johann de Kalb.JPG

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]

1913 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

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
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing DeKalb 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.


Finding More Church Records[edit source]

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as DeKalb 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 DeKalb County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.

History of DeKalb County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens. (Knightstown, Ind: The Bookmark, 1978.), 977.277 H2b FHL Collection   other library   Internet Archive

DeKalb County Historical Society (Ind.). 1885 History of De Kalb County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens : with New Index.( Knightstown, Ind: The Bookmark, 1978.) ,  977.277 H2hi  FHL Collection other library   Internet Archive

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 DeKalb County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Maps[edit | edit source]

LaGrange CountySteuben CountyNoble CountyWhitley CountyAllen CountyPaulding CountyDefiance CountyWilliams CountyIN DEKALB.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from DeKalb 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 DeKalb County.


Civil War Books


Sliger, Reba. Veterans' Cards for Veterans of DeKalb County Who Served in the Civil, Spanish-American, Mexican Wars: Copied from Records at the DeKalb County Courthouse,( Auburn, Indiana. Auburn, IN: The Chapter, 1990.) 977.277 M2s  FHL Collection  other library  Internet Archive


"Military History" Chaper 5 in History of DeKalb County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens. (Knightstown, Ind: The Bookmark, 1978.), page 90-117,  977.277 H2b FHL Collection   other library   Internet Archive


"The War for the Union," Chaper 5 in DeKalb County Historical Society (Ind.). 1885 History of De Kalb County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens : with New Index.( Knightstown, Ind: The Bookmark, 1978.) page 333-400,  977.277 H2hi  FHL Collection other library   Internet Archive


Hobson, Margaret. "The Iron Men of Indiana's 44th Regiment, Book 1: Biographies and Statistics" This book contains a complete list of DeKalb County men in the 44th Indiana.

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]

The Garrett Clipper: Obituary database from 1975 through January, 2012 provided courtesy of the Garrett Public Library.

Obituaries[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 county courthouse.


Online Records


Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

De Kalb County Courthouse
100 S Main Street PO Box 810
Auburn, IN 46706
Phone: 219.925.2112

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage and court records from 1837,
probate records from 1855 and school records 1903-1932.
County recorder has land records. [6]

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

DeKalb County Indiana
PO Box 6085
Auburn, IN 46706
E-mail: rozwells@sbcglobal.net
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Dekalb County Historical Society
PO Box 686
Auburn, IN 46706

DeKalb County Historical Society
201 E. Main St.
Butler, IN 46721-1409
Telephone Number: 260-868-0979

DeKalb Genealogical Society
c/o Eckhart Public Library
603 S. Jackson Dtreet
Auburn, IN 46706
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Garrett Historical Society
PO Box 225
Garrett, IN 46738-0225
Telephone Number: 260-357-5575

Willennar Genealogy Center
700 S. Jackson St.
Auburn, IN 46706-2267
Telephone Number: 260-925-2414 Ext 420
Fax: 260-925-3635
E-mail: genealogy@epl.lib.in.us
Website

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.

School 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.

Finding More Tax Records[edit source]

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as DeKalb 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. See also How to order Indiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage licenses were required by counties beginning in 1800. Original marriage records are held at the office of the DeKalb County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the DeKalb County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

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 DeKalb County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:



Websites[edit | edit source]

Places[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), DeKalb 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, "DeKalb County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeKalb_County,_Indiana (accessed 2 August 2013).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "DeKalb County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeKalb_County,_Indiana 3/08/2017.
  5. "Johann de Kalb," Wikipedia.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), De Kalb County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.