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This article is about an east-central county of Indiana. For other uses, see Delaware (disambiguation)

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

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Delaware County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded January 26, 1827
County Seat Muncie
Courthouse
Address Delaware County Courthouse
100 W Main Street
Muncie, IN 47305
Phone: 765-747-7726
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 1827 1882 1827 1829 1827 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 26 January 1827 from Delaware New Purchase (Randolph) [2]
  • County Seat: Muncie [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the large tribe of the Delawares. Its county seat is Muncie and the county was founded 1827.[4] It is located in the East central area of the state.[5]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Grant  • Blackford  • Jay  • Randolph  • Henry  • Madison

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]

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
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]

For tips on accessing Delaware 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.


Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Muncie

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 Delaware 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]

Goodall, Hurley and J. Paul Mitchell. A History of Negroes in Muncie (Delaware County) .- Muncie, Ind.: Ball State University, c1976. - v. 58p. F534.M9 G66

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military Records[edit | edit source]

Delaware County, Indiana Military Links Records

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

Civil War

Civil War service men from Delaware 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 Delaware County.


Civil War Books

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 county courthouse.


Online Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

Delaware County Courthouse
100 W Main Street
Muncie, IN 47305
Phone: 765-747-7726

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1827. [6]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Delaware County Historical Society
    120 E. Washington Street
    Muncie, IN 47305-1734
    Phone: 765-282-1550
    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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

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

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

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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 Delaware 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), Delaware 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, "Delaware County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Delaware County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/delaware/ accessed 3/08/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Delaware County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_County,_Indiana 3/08/2017.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Delaware County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.