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

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Switzerland County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded September 7, 1814
County Seat Vevay
Courthouse
Address Switzerland County Courthouse
212 W Main St;
Vevay, IN 47043
Phone: 812.427.3175
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 1814 1882 1814 1814 1814 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.


Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Switzerland. The county seat is Vevay and the county was organized on 1814.[4] The County is located in the Southeast part of the state.[5]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Ohio  • Dearborn  • Ripley  • Jefferson  • Carroll  • Gallatin  • Boone

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.

Switzerland County, Indiana Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[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 Switzerland 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.


Finding More Church Records[edit source]

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

History[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]
  • History of Switzerland County, Indiana from Their Earliest Settlement: Containing a History of the Cities, Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, and Churches Reminiscences, Extracts, Etc. Local Statistics Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men ; (Biographies. Mt. Vernon, Ind: Windmill Publications, 1993.), 977.2125 H2h FHL US/CAN Book, FHL Collection, Other Libraries
  • Weakley, Harraman & Co. History of Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland Counties, Indiana: From Their Earliest Settlement, Containing a History of the Counties, Their Cities, Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, and Churches ... Biographies ... History of the North-West Territory, the State of Indiana, and the Indians. (Chicago: Weakley, Harraman Co, 2008.), Other Libraries, Internet Archive
  • History of Switzerland County, Indiana, 1885. (Vevay, Ind: Switzerland County Historical Society, 1999.) 977.2125 H2hi FHL US/CAN Book, FHL Collection, Other Libraries

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

Ripley CountyDearborn CountyOhio CountyJefferson CountyCarroll CountyGallatin CountyBoone CountyIN SWITZERLAND.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

Civil War service men from Switzerland 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 Switzerland County.

Civil War Book

  • "Military History" Chapter 10 in History of Switzerland County, Indiana from Their Earliest Settlement: Containing a History of the Cities, Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, and Churches Reminiscences, Extracts, Etc. Local Statistics Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men ; (Biographies. Mt. Vernon, Ind: Windmill Publications, 1993.), (page 1099-1199gives Regiment, Company, Name) 977.2125 H2h FHL US/CAN Book, FHL Collection, Other Libraries
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Occupations[edit | edit source]

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 county courthouse.


Online Records


Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]
Voting Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Switzerland County Courthouse
212 W Main St
Vevay, IN 47043
Phone: 812.427.3175

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records. County Clerk has marriage, divorce, court and probate records from 1814. County Recorder has land records. [6]

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]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Switzerland County Historical Society
210 E. Market St.
PO Box 201
Vevay, IN 47043
Telephone Number: 812-427-3560
E-mail: swcomuseums@embarqmail.com
Website

Swiss Heritage Society
PO Box 88
Berne, IN 46711
Telephone Number: 260-589-8007
Website

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[edit source]

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


Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Indiana law in 1882 required registration of births and deaths in counties. The Indiana Department of Health has birth records filed after October 1907 and death records filed after January 1900 for deaths. Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records. See also How to order Indiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage licenses were required by counties beginning in 1800. Original marriage records are held at the office of the Switzerland County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Switzerland County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

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 Switzerland 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), Switzerland 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, "Switzerland County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Switzerland County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/switzerland/ accessed 04/03/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Switzerland County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland_County,_Indiana accessed 04/03/2017.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Switzerland County, Indiana 216 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.