Huntington County, Indiana Genealogy

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

Huntington County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded February 2, 1832
County Seat Huntington
Address Huntington County Courthouse
201 N Jefferson St Rm 103
Huntington, IN 46750
Ph. 219.358.4819
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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 1847 1882 1840 1834 1850 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Adams New Purchase (Allen/Grant) in 1832[2] and from parts of unorganized territories. Portions were attached to Allen and Grant Counties for administration from 1832 until the county was fully organized in 1834.
  • County Seat: Huntington [3]
  • First European American Settlement: 1828[4]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Samuel H. Huntington. It's county seat is Huntington and was founded 1832. It is located in the Central area 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
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Whitley  • Allen  • Wells  • Grant  • Wabash

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.
See also Huntington County Chronologies (Newberry)

Huntington County's boundaries have not changed since it was fully organized in 1834.

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]

  • Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, Ind. 1901. Chicago: B.F. Bowen. Google Books

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.
1840 1,579
1850 7,850 397.2%
1860 14,867 89.4%
1870 19,036 28.0%
1880 21,805 14.5%
1890 27,644 26.8%
1900 28,901 4.5%
1910 28,982 0.3%
1920 31,671 9.3%
1930 29,073 −8.2%
1940 29,931 3.0%
1950 31,400 4.9%
1960 33,814 7.7%
1970 34,970 3.4%
1980 35,596 1.8%
1990 35,427 −0.5%
2000 38,075 7.5%
2010 37,124 −2.5%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Huntington 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.

For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.

Copies and/or indexes of some early church records are in the B. Joan Keefer Genealogy and Local History Center at the Huntington City - Township Public Library (Huntington, Indiana).===== Finding More Church Records =====

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

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Originals of most court records are still at the courthouse. See also: Land Records, Probate Records

Civil Court Order Books from 1835-1922 have been digitized, and are available unindexed on FamilySearch.

A survey of the court archives was conducted and published by the WPA in 1936. This was done as volume 35 of the series "Inventory of the County Archives of Indiana." Available on Items may have moved or been destroyed in the intervening 85 years, but it can act as a starting point. It also has a good summary of the types of offices in the county at that time, their duties, and the records created.

Directories[edit | edit source]

1858 G.W. Hawes Indiana State Gazetteer and Business Directory - includes all extant post offices in county, has actual business listings for:

Antioch (now Andrews, p9); Huntington (p123), Mount Etna (p273), Roanoke (p336), Toledo, Wabash & Great Western RR (p606) -- note the absence of Markle and Warren

1866 Plat Map of Huntington County - has small directories for most of the county.

1876 Historical Atlas of Indiana - has small directories for Huntington (p422) and Warren (p448).

1879 Combination Atlas - See pages 155-119. (Links in Maps section below).

1897 Complete City Directory, Huntington, Indiana (only an alphabetical listing, no categories, no county community listing)

1899 Stephens' Directory of Huntington, Indiana - includes county listing by township (section number given after name)

1902 Johnson's Business and Professional Directory of Indianapolis, Fort Wayne .... (Huntington begins on p100, book is NOT organized alphabetically, consult Table of Contents)

1906-1959 (various years) in U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 ($, Ancestry, AncestryLibrary)

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]

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.

Finding More Land Records[edit source]

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

Online Records

Deeds from 1834-1901 on FamilySearch — unindexed See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Whitley CountyAllen CountyWells CountyGrant CountyWabash CountyIN HUNTINGTON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Maps help tell the story of settlement, ownership, and development. Plat maps in particular give the owners of at least the larger property owners, while smaller areas will at least have an outline.

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Huntington 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 Huntington County.

Civil War Books

  • "Military History" Chapter 4 in History of Huntington County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present with biographical sketches, notes, etc., together with a short history of the northwest, the Indiana territory, and the state of Indiana. (1887. Chicago: Brant & Fuller.), (page 342-370, Regiment, Companies, Some Name's), 977.271 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection   other libraries   INTERNET ARCHIVE
World War I[edit | edit source]
  • 1919 - Indiana, World War I, Enrollment Cards, 1919 at FamilySearch — index and images
  • Felter, Mrs. Frank. 1923. Huntington County in the World war.
    • Volume 1 - Minutes and reports of the various county agents, groups, and individuals reporting to the County Council of Defense. Among the groups submitting reports were: American Red Cross, Liberty Loan Drives, Knights of Columbus, Y.M.A., Y.W.A., Tri Kappas, War Mothers, schools, and the library. Each report summarizes the group's work during the war. There are also parade photographs and newspaper clippings.
    • Volume 2 - Four page form from some 90 individuals summarizing their war participation. Filed alphabetically by surname. Available at the Indiana State Library.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

About 85% of pre-1930 Huntington papers are on $

Another 10% or so is on $ also has: The Roanoke Review (1919-1923); and The Warren Tribune (1911-1921).

The Huntington City - Township Public Library (Huntington, Indiana) has copies of all extant papers on microfilm.

Town Paper Dates
Huntington Daily Democrat 1886 - 1897 1886, 1888-1897
Huntington Daily Evening Herald 1883 - 1887
Huntington Daily News Democrat 1897 - 1911 1897-1899, 1901-1911
Huntington Evening Herald 1903 - 1914
Huntington Huntington County Tab 1987 - current
Huntington Huntington Democrat 1861 - 1897 1861-1862, 1877-1883, 1886-1888, 1890-1897 1862-1867, 1870-1872, 1874-1875, 1883-1886, 1888-1889, 1910
Huntington Huntington Evening Herald 1903
Huntington Huntington Herald 1911 - 1929 1903-1929* 1881, 1887-1889, 1891-1892, 1904-1905, 1907-1910, 1913*
Huntington Huntington Herald (Mid Weekly) 1891 - 1913 1891-1892, 1905-1908*
Huntington Huntington Herald (Weekly) 1887 - 1892 1891-1909* 1905-1908*
Huntington Huntington Herald-Press 1929 - current
Huntington Huntington Morning Star 1906
Huntington Huntington News 1930 - 1968 1883-1884, 1888
Huntington Huntington News Democrat 1902-1903, 1906, 1910-1913
Huntington Huntington News Democrat (Mid Weekly) 1906 - 1907, 1910 - 1911 1906-1907, 1910-1911
Huntington Huntington News Democrat (Weekly) 1897 - 1913 1903-1907, 1910-1911
Huntington Huntington Press 1912 - 1929 1912-1929 1917
Huntington Huntington Weekly News 1895 - 1897 1895-1897, 1907*
Huntington Indiana Herald (Weekly) 1848 - 1887 1848-1864, 1867-1877, 1879-1881, 1883-1887 1864-1867, 1878-1879, 1881-1883, 1887
Huntington Morning Times 1907 - 1911
Andrews Andrews Express 1882 - 1885
Andrews Andrews Signal 1893 - 1910
Roanoke Roanoke Review 1919 - 1968 1919-1923
Warren Warren News 1878 - 1889
Warren Warren Weekly News 1901 - 1902
Warren Warren Republican 1890 - 1903
Warren Warren Tribune 1903 - 1993 1911-1921
Warren Warren Weekly 1994 - 2001
Roanoke Four Corners Courier 1972 - 1981
Markle Markle Journal 1904 - 1931
Markle Markle Courier 1940
Markle Markle Monthly 1972 - 1973

* - Multiple papers with similar names may have been conflated into a single entry

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

The Huntington City-Township Public Library maintains an obituary card file that begins in 1921.

Periodicals[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 Huntington County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records. Online Records

Probate order books from 1842-1922 and Probate complete records from 1842-1905 on FamilySearch — image only

Will records, Aug. 1847-Feb.1920 on FamilySearch — unindexed

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

Huntington County; 201 N Jefferson St Rm 103; Huntington, IN 46750; Ph. 219.358.4819 Details: (Co Hlth Dept has b & d rec from 1882; Co Clk has m rec from 1847, ct rec from 1840, pro & div rec from 1850; Co Redr has land rec from 1834)

Archives[edit | edit source]

The Huntington City-Township Public Library functions as the county archives with many original records, including marriage and will books.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library
30 E. Madison St.
Andrews, IN 46702
Telephone Number: 260-786-3574

Huntington City-Township Public Library
B. Joan Keefer Genealogy and Local History Center
255 W. Park Dr.
Huntington, IN 46750
Telephone Number: 260-356-0824

Wiki page - Huntington City - Township Public Library (Huntington, Indiana)

Roanoke Public Library
314 N. Main St.
Roanoke, IN 46783
Telephone Number: 260-676-2989

Warren Public Library
123 E. 3rd St.
Warren, IN 46792
Telephone Number: 260-356-7264

Museums[edit | edit source]

Huntington County Historical Society
315 Court St.
Huntington, IN 46750-2862
Telephone Number: 260-375-3450

Roanoke Area Heritage Center
102 W. First St.
Roanoke, IN 46783
Telephone Number: 260-672-3252

Societies[edit | edit source]

Huntington County Historical Society
PO Box 1012
Huntington, IN 46750

Huntington County Genealogical Society
c/o Huntington City-Township Public Library
255 W. Park Dr.
Huntington, IN 46750
Telephone Number: 260-356-0824

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

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[edit source]

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Huntington 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]
Funeral Home Records[edit | edit source]

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Huntington 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, "Huntington County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Historical sketch of Huntington County, Indiana. 1877. Huntington, Ind: Herald Print. Co. INTERNET ARCHIVE
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Huntington County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Huntington County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 13 December 2019.