Parke County, Indiana Genealogy

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

Parke County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 9, 1821
County Seat Rockville
Address Parke County Courthouse
116 W High Street #204
Rockville, IN 47872
Phone: 765.569.5132
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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1902 1829 1882 1833 1833 1833 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 9 January 1821 from Vigo County and unorganized territory.[2]
  • County Seat: Rockville [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for in honor of Benjamin Parke, who was a member of the First Territorial Legislature, and first Representative in Congress of this territory. The County Seat is Rockville and was founded 1821.[4] It is located in the West Central area of the state.[5]

Populated Places[edit | edit source],cfips,121,c,parke.cfm 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]

Vermillion  • Fountain  • Montgomery  • Putnam  • Clay  • Vigo

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]

October 1833 -- 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]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 7,535
1840 13,499 79.2%
1850 14,968 10.9%
1860 15,538 3.8%
1870 18,166 16.9%
1880 19,460 7.1%
1890 20,296 4.3%
1900 23,000 13.3%
1910 22,214 −3.4%
1920 18,875 −15.0%
1930 16,561 −12.3%
1940 17,358 4.8%
1950 15,674 −9.7%
1960 14,804 −5.6%
1970 14,600 −1.4%
1980 16,372 12.1%
1990 15,410 −5.9%
2000 17,241 11.9%
2010 17,339 0.6%
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For tips on accessing Parke 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.

Finding More Church Records[edit source]

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Parke 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]

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

History[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Portrait and biographical record of Montgomery, Parke and Fountain Counties, Indiana containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, together with biographies and portraits of all the presidents of the United States. (1893. Chicago: Chapman Bros.)Other Libraries, Internet Archive
  • B.F. Bowen & Co. History of Parke and Vermillion Counties, Indiana: With Historical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. (Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen, 1913.) 977.2 H2hpv FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection, Other Libraries, Internet Archive
  • Beckwith, H. W., J. H. Beadle, and S. B. Gookins. 1880. History of Vigo and Parke Counties together with historic notes on the Wabash Valley gleaned from early authors, old maps and manuscripts, private and official correspondence and other authentic though, for the most part, out-of-the-way sources. (Chicago: H.H. Hill & N. Iddings.) FHL Collection, Other Libraries
  • Parke County, Indiana, history and families, 1821-1989, Parke County Historical Society, 1989. FHL Collection

Maps[edit | edit source]

Vermillion CountyFountain CountyMontgomery CountyPutnam CountyClay CountyVigo CountyIN PARKE.PNG
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Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Pike 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 Pike County.

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

  • Parke County obituaries (1853-2006) are available by mail from the Rockville Public Library. An index to the obituaries is available online at Parke County Obituaries.

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

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Parke County Courthouse
116 W High Street #204
Rockville, IN 47872
Phone: 765.569.5132

County Health Department has birth records from 1902 and death records from 1882; County Auditor has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1833; County Recorder has land records from 1833

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Parke County Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 332
Rockville, IN 47872-0332
Telephone Number: 765-569-2223

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 Parke 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 Parke 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), Parke 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, "Parke County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Parke County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, 3/30/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Parke County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/30/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Parke County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 29 December 2019.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at