Dearborn County, Indiana Genealogy

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

Dearborn County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded March 7, 1803
County Seat Lawrenceburg
Address Dearborn County Courthouse
215-B High Street
Lawrenceburg, In 47025
Phone: 812-537-8867
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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.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in honor of General Henry Dearborn, at that time secretary of war. The county seat is Lawrenceburg and the county was organized in 1803.[4] The County is located in the South-east 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]

Ohio  • Ripley  • Franklin  • Hamilton  • Boone

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]

March 1826 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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.
1810 7,310
1820 11,468 56.9%
1830 13,974 21.9%
1840 19,327 38.3%
1850 20,166 4.3%
1860 24,406 21.0%
1870 24,116 −1.2%
1880 26,671 10.6%
1890 23,364 −12.4%
1900 22,194 −5.0%
1910 21,396 −3.6%
1920 20,033 −6.4%
1930 21,056 5.1%
1940 23,053 9.5%
1950 25,141 9.1%
1960 28,674 14.1%
1970 29,430 2.6%
1980 34,291 16.5%
1990 38,835 13.3%
2000 46,109 18.7%
2010 50,047 8.5%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Dearborn 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.

Church of Christ[edit | edit source]
Lutheran[edit | edit source]


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Dillsboro, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Kelso

St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Manchester

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 Dearborn 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 Dearborn County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.

  • Dearborn County, Indiana: History - Linkpendium
  • A short history of Dearborn County is located on the Dearborn County website - Dearborn County History.
  • History of Dearborn County included as part of 1875 Atlas of Dearborn County, Indiana. Lake, Griffing & Stevenson, 1875. Digital Images. Historic Map Works

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

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources
  • Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Indiana
  • 1872 Dearborn and Switzerland Counties, Indiana. E. T. Cox, 1872. Digital Image. Historic Map Works
  • 1875 Atlas of Dearborn County, Indiana. Lake, Griffing & Stevenson, 1875. Digital Images. Historic Map Works. Note: this website includes on separate tabs images of directories, history and illustrations in this publication as well as maps.
  • 1930c Atlas of Dearborn County, Indiana. W. W. Hixon & Co., 1930c. Digital Images. Historic Map Works

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Mexican War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Dearborn 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 Dearborn County.

Civil War Book

"Civil War"  Chapter 13 in History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, Indiana: From Their Earliest Settlement, Containing a History of the Counties; Their Cities, Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, and Churches ... Biographies; Preliminary Chapters on the History of the North-West Territory, the State of Indiana, and the Indians. (Evansville, IN: Whipporwill Publications, 1986.) page 203-225,  977.21 H2h 1977 FHL US/CAN Book    FHL Collection  other library   INTERNET ARCHIVE

Spanish-American War[edit | edit source]
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]

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

Probate records are court records created after an individual’s death that relate to a court’s decisions regarding the distribution of the estate to the heirs or creditors and the care of any dependents. These documents are important to family history researchers because they usually exist for time periods before civil birth and death records were kept. While probate records are one of the most accurate sources of genealogical evidence, they have limitations.

The Circuit Court has responsibility for the probate records of Dearborn County.

The following Dearborn County probate records have been indexed and transcribed:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

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

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Dearborn County Courthouse
215-B High Street
Lawrenceburg, In 47025
Phone: 812-537-8867

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1826
Divorce, Probate and court records.
County Health Officer has birth and death records.
County Recorder has land records. [8]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]

The Lawrenceburg Public Library has a genealogy section and is a FamilySearch affiliate library. The Web site has an online catalog.

Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Dearborn County Historical Society
508 W. High Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025-1916
Telephone Number: 812-537-4075

Carnegie Hall Museum
14687 Main St.
Moores Hill, IN 47032-9162
Telephone Number: 812-744-4015

PO Box 127
Aurora, IN 47001-0127
Telephone Number: 812-926-0087
Fax: 812-926-1075

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

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Dearborn 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]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dearborn 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, "Dearborn County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Dearborn County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/02/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Dearborn County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 3/02/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Dearborn County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 04 December 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dearborn County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.