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


Hancock County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 26, 1827
County Seat Greenfield
Address Hancock County Courthouse
9 E Main Street
Greenfield, IN 46140
Phone: 317.462.1109
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
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  • Parent Counties: Formed January 26, 1827 from Madison County[1]
  • County Seat: Greenfield [2]


The county was named for John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, who signed his name prominently to the Declaration of Independence. There it was forced to surrender, ensuring American independence. It's county seat is Greenfield and was founded March 1, 1828.[3] It is located in the Central area of the state.[4]

Neighboring Counties

Hamilton  • Madison  • Henry  • Rush  • Shelby  • Marion

Boundary Changes

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

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


Bible Records


Business Records


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
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Tombstone Project
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See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records

Church Records

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

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

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




Local Histories

Land and Property

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

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


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Military Records

Mexican War, 1846-1848
Civil War, 1861-1865

Civil War service men from Hancock 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 Hancock County

Civil War Sources for Hancock County

  • "Military Annals" Chapter 7 in Richman, George J.History of Hancock County, Indiana; Its People, Industries and Institutions. (Greenfield, Ind: Wm. Mitchell Printing Co, 1916.) (page 255-328 Regiment, Company, Name) 977.258 H2r FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection  other library INTERNET ARCHIVE Google books
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
  • A Record of Indiana Men and Women who Died in the Service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War. 1914-1918 -Genealogy Trails
  • Residents of Hancock County, Indiana Who Served in World War I Indiana Genealogical Society
World War II, 1941-1945
  • Hancock County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps Access Genealogy

Naturalization and Citizenship


Many Hancock County residents were covered in the Knightstown Banner. See their obituary archive and genealogy columns at Banner Online


Probate Records

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

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

Public Records

School Records
Voter Registration



Hancock County Courthouse
9 E Main Street
Greenfield, IN 46140
Phone: 317.462.1109

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1828.
County Recorder has land records.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882. [5]


Hancock County Historical Society
PO Box 375
28 Apple St.
Greenfield, IN 46140
E-mail: hancockhistory@live.com

Hancock County, Indiana, Genealogical Society, Inc.
700 N. Broadway
Greenfield, IN 46140

Genealogical Society of Hancock, IN Inc.
PO Box 122
Greenfield, IN 46140-0122

Family History Centers

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.

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


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 Hancock County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Hancock County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Hancock County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/hancock/ accessed 3/28/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Hancock County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, Indiana 213 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.