Howard County, Indiana Genealogy

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


Howard County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1844
County Seat Kokomo
Address Howard County Courthouse
104 N Buckeye St
PO Box 9004
Kokomo, IN 46904
Ph. 765.456.2204
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Historical Facts

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1875 1844 1875 1844 1846 1844 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from unorganized territory (Carroll/Cass/Miami) in 1844. Named changed from Richardville to Howard in 1846. [2]
  • County Seat: Kokomo [3]


The county was named for Tilghman Howard. It's county seat is Kokomo and was founded 1844. It is located in the Central area of the state.[4]

Neighboring Counties

Carroll  • Cass  • Miami  • Grant  • Tipton  • Clinton

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 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 Family History Library
Billion Graves WorldCat Billion Graves
Indiana Interment
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records

For tips on accessing Howard County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.

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


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Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Howard 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 Howard County.

Civil War Books

  • Howard in The Civil War" in Morrow, Jackson. 1909. History of Howard County, Indiana. (Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen), (page 130-196, Regiment; "Soldiers Who Died In The Serive" page 188-196) other libraries vol.1 INTERNET ARCHIVE vol. 2 INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • Smith, Kent A.Russiaville in the Civil War:a Civil War history of Honey Creek Township, Howard County, Indiana and its residents FHL book 977.285/R1 m2s

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship




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

Public Records

School Records
Voter Registration


Indiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical Genealogical Societies

County Courthouse

Howard County; 104 N Buckeye St; PO Box 9004; Kokomo, IN 46904; Ph. 765.456.2204 Details: (Formerly Richardville Co. Name changed to Howard 28 Dec 1846) (Co Clk has m, div, pro & ct rec from 1844; Co Redr has land rec; Co Hlth dept has b, d bur rec)


Kokomo-Howard County Public Library
220 North Union Street, Kokomo, IN 46901-4614
Phone: 765-457-3242
Genealogy and Local History Department Website


Howard County Historical Society and Museum / Seiberling Mansion
1200 W. Sycamore St.
Kokomo, IN 46901-4386
Telephone Number: 765-452-4314

Howard County Genealogical Society
220 N Union
Kokomo 46901

Greentown Historical Society
PO Box 313
Greentown, IN 46936
Telephone Number: 765-628-3800

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

Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Howard County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


  • Kokomo
  • Greentown
  • Russiaville
  • Indian Heights


  • Center
  • Clay
  • Ervin
  • Harrison
  • Honey Creek
  • Howard
  • Jackson
  • Liberty
  • Monroe
  • Taylor
  • Union

Other places

  • Alto
  • Cassville
  • Center
  • Hemlock
  • New London
  • Oakford
  • Phlox
  • West Middleton



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Howard 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, "Howard County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Howard County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/28/2017.