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Guide to '''Adams County, Indiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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{{Click|File:IN ORP.png|Indiana_Online_Genealogy_Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| founded year = 1835
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| founded date = February 7
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| seat = Decatur
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| building address = Adams County Courthouse<br>112 S 2nd Street<br>Decatur, IN 46733<br>Phone: 219.724.2600 <br>[http://www.co.adams.in.us/  '''Adams County Website''']
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Indiana|Indiana]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Adams County'' <br>
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Adams County, Indiana#Birth_Records|Birth]]'''</center>&nbsp;
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Adams County, Indiana#Marriage_Records|Marriage]]'''</center>&nbsp;
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Adams County, Indiana#Death_Records|Death]]'''</center>&nbsp;
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Adams County, Indiana#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>&nbsp;
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Adams County, Indiana#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1882*</center>&nbsp;
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1836*</center>&nbsp;
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1882*</center>&nbsp;
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1837</center>&nbsp;
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1838</center>
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try... [[Adams County, Indiana#Church_Records|'''Church''']] &#124; [[Adams County, Indiana#Obituaries|'''Obituaries''']] &#124; [[Adams County, Indiana#Cemeteries|'''Cemeteries''']]&nbsp;
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.co.adams.in.us/ Adams County Courthouse]<br>112 S 2nd Street<br>Decatur, IN 46733<br>Phone: 219.724.2600 <br>  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from Adams New Purchase (Allen/Delaware/Randolph) in 1835<ref>Ancestry.com wiki contributors, "Adams County, Ohio" in Ancestry.com: Wiki at http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Monroe _County,_Ohio (accessed 4 August 2012).</ref><br>  
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*'''County Seat: ''' Decatur <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref><br>
  
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Adams, Indiana 211 {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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==== Description ====
  
== History ==
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The county was named in honor of President John Quincy Adams. It's county seat is Decatur and was founded 1 March 1836. It is located in the Northeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana accessed 2/27/2017.</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
  
'''1835--'''Adams County was created 7 February 1835&nbsp;from [[Allen County, Indiana|Allen]] and [[Randolph County, Indiana|Randolph ]]Counties.&nbsp;'''&nbsp;County seat:''' Decatur <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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[[Allen County, Indiana Genealogy|Allen]] {{•}} [[Wells County, Indiana Genealogy|Wells]] {{•}} [[Jay County, Indiana Genealogy|Jay]] {{•}} [[Van Wert County, Ohio Genealogy|Van Wert]]{{•}} [[Mercer County, Ohio Genealogy|Mercer]]
  
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*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}} '''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana (accessed 2 August 2013).</ref><br>[[Allen County, Indiana Genealogy|Allen]] (north){{·}}[[Jay County, Indiana Genealogy|Jay]] (south){{·}}[[Van Wert County, Ohio Genealogy|Van Wert]] (northeast){{·}}[[Mercer County, Ohio Genealogy|Mercer]] (southeast){{·}}[[Wells County, Indiana Genealogy|Wells]] (west)<br>
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<center>{{INAdams,Indiana Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Resources ===
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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==== Bible Records ====
  
*[[Allen County, Indiana|Allen]]
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==== Biographies  ====
*[[Jay County, Indiana|Jay]]
 
*[[Mercer County, Ohio|Mercer County, Ohio]]
 
*[[Van Wert County, Ohio|Van Wert county, Ohio]]
 
*[[Wells County, Indiana|Wells]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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==== Business Records ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=17&GScnty=792&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=17&CScnty=792 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://adamsingenweb.com/CemeteryListingIndex.html INGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Adams+Indiana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Indiana&county=Adams&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/in/adams/cemeteries.html INGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/indiana/adams.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/US/in/adams.htm Indiana Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*The Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center has [http://www.genealogycenter.info/indiana/ numerous transcriptions of Adams County cemeteries] on its website.  
 
*The Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center has [http://www.genealogycenter.info/indiana/ numerous transcriptions of Adams County cemeteries] on its website.  
 
*The [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society] has many transcriptions of Adams County cemeteries available for free on its website.
 
*The [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society] has many transcriptions of Adams County cemeteries available for free on its website.
 
*Adams County Cemeteries by Township - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inadams/CemeteryListingIndex.html usgenweb] <br>
 
 
 
*Adams County, Indiana: Cemeteries - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/cem/ Linkpendium]
 
*Adams County, Indiana: Cemeteries - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/cem/ Linkpendium]
  
==== Census<br> ====
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==== Census Records ====
  
 
*Index of 1840 Census for Adams County, Indiana (Free, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])<br>  
 
*Index of 1840 Census for Adams County, Indiana (Free, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])<br>  
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{{Census|Indiana}}  
 
{{Census|Indiana}}  
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
  
==== Court  ====
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{{IN Church Intro}}{{IN Church End}}
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{{IN Church Repositories|Adams|574104}}
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==== Court Records ====
  
 
*Old Courthouse Records - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inadams/OldCourtHouse/OldCourtHouseIndex.html INGenWeb]
 
*Old Courthouse Records - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inadams/OldCourtHouse/OldCourtHouseIndex.html INGenWeb]
  
==== Land ====
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==== Directories ====
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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*Early Settlers of Adams County ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
*History for Adams County&nbsp; [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/hist/ Linkpendium] <br>
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
  
*Tyndall, John W., and O. E. Lesh. 1975. ''Standard history of Adams and Wells counties, Indiana: an authentic narrative of the past, with an extended survey of modern developments in the progress of town and country''. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, Inc.)&nbsp; 977.27 H2t FHL US/CAN Book {{FHL|191504|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/standard-history-of-adams-and-wells-counties-indiana-an-authentic-narrative-of-the-past-with-an-extended-survey-of-modern-developments-in-the-progress-of-town-and-country/oclc/3032755&referer=brief_results other library]&nbsp; &nbsp; {{FSbool|63648}}
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==== Ethnic and Religious Groups  ====
  
*Snow, J. F. 1907. ''Snow's history of Adams County, Indiana''. (Indianapolis, Ind: B.F. Bowen.) FHL US/CAN Film 1000528 Item 5 {{FHL|<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1305591224654_127" />1400282|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/snows-history-of-adams-county-indiana/oclc/7767884&referer=brief_results other libraries]&nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/details/snowshistoryofad00snow INTERNET ARCHIVE]
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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==== Genealogies  ====
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==== Histories  ====
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===== Local Histories  =====
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{{IN History}}
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*History for Adams County [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/hist/ Linkpendium] <br>
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*Tyndall, John W., and O. E. Lesh. 1975. ''Standard history of Adams and Wells counties, Indiana: an authentic narrative of the past, with an extended survey of modern developments in the progress of town and country''. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, Inc.) {{FHL|191504|item|disp=FHL book 977.27 H2t}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/standard-history-of-adams-and-wells-counties-indiana-an-authentic-narrative-of-the-past-with-an-extended-survey-of-modern-developments-in-the-progress-of-town-and-country/oclc/3032755&referer=brief_results Other libraries (WorldCat)] {{FSbook|63648}}
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*Snow, J. F. 1907. ''Snow's history of Adams County, Indiana''. (Indianapolis, Ind: B.F. Bowen.) [http://www.archive.org/details/snowshistoryofad00snow Internet Archive] {{FHL|1400282|item|disp=FHL Film 1000528 Item 5}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/snows-history-of-adams-county-indiana/oclc/7767884&referer=brief_results Other libraries (WorldCat)]
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==== Land and Property  ====
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{{IN Land}}{{IN Land End}}
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{{IN Land and Property Other Repositories|Adams|1097842}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Indiana]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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*Maps and Gazetteers&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/maps/ Linkpendium]
  
*Maps and Gazetteers&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/maps/ Linkpendium]
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==== Military Records  ====
  
==== Military  ====
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*[https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/ Indiana State Digital Archives] <br>
  
 
===== ''Civil War''  =====
 
===== ''Civil War''  =====
  
*[http://www.indianadigitalarchives.org/Search.aspx?searchID=10130CCE87DABCBEA3B733E9C3265C858A0605424A9FB36A12C849904E28649784A08F3D4217A0F332276D85EA62CD6D#Content Indiana State Digital Achives ]for Civil War can be searched by soldier's name (accessed 1 May 2011) <br>
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*Adams County, Indiana List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 at [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso01buregoog#page/n9/mode/1up Internet Archive] <br>
 
 
*List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Adams County, Indiana (Source: [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso01buregoog#page/n9/mode/1up Internet Archive]) <br>
 
 
 
*Adams Co IN Ancestral Heroes (Military War Heroes) (Source: A:[http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso01buregoog#page/n9/mode/1up AncestralHeroes.com]) <br>
 
  
-Civil War service men from Adams County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from&nbsp;Adams County.  
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Civil War service men from Adams County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Adams County.  
  
 
*[[6th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry|6th Regiment]], Indiana Cavalry, Company B  
 
*[[6th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry|6th Regiment]], Indiana Cavalry, Company B  
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*World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Adams County&nbsp;- [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&cj=1&path=Indiana.Adams+County&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Ancestry.com] ($) [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inadams/Military/WWIdraftregistrations.html INGenWeb]<br>
 
*World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Adams County&nbsp;- [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&cj=1&path=Indiana.Adams+County&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Ancestry.com] ($) [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inadams/Military/WWIdraftregistrations.html INGenWeb]<br>
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*Adams County WWI [http://www.ancestralheroes.com/special/Adams+Co+IN Ancestral Heroes]
  
 
===== ''World War II, 1941-1945''  =====
 
===== ''World War II, 1941-1945''  =====
  
 
*Adams County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps&nbsp;&nbsp;-&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/indiana/adams.htm AccessGenealogy ]<br>
 
*Adams County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps&nbsp;&nbsp;-&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/indiana/adams.htm AccessGenealogy ]<br>
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{IN Newspapers|Adams}} {{IN Newspapers End}}
  
==== Schools ====
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==== Obituaries ====
  
*Graduates of Common Schools in Adams County, Indiana (1912) (Free, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])<br>
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==== Probate Records  ====
*Scool Enumeration of Union Township, Adams County, Indiana (1853) (Members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/results_adamscommencement.php Eighth Grade Commencement, 1938]<br>
 
  
*Scholl Records and Histories&nbsp; [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/sch/ Linkpendium]
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{{IN Probate Intro|Adams}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1798 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9045 Indiana Wills and Probate Records 1798-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
  
==== Taxation ====
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{{Template:IN Probate Repositories|Adams|986339}}
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==== Public Records ====
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===== School Records  =====
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*Graduates of Common Schools in Adams County, Indiana (1912) (Free, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])<br>&nbsp;
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*School Enumeration of Union Township, Adams County, Indiana (1853) (Members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])&nbsp;
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*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/results_adamscommencement.php Eighth Grade Commencement, 1938]<br>
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*School Records and Histories&nbsp; [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/sch/ Linkpendium]
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===== Courthouse  =====
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County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Adams, Indiana 211 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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===== Archives  =====
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===== Libraries  =====
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===== Museums  =====
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===== Societies  =====
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'''Adams County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 262<br>Decatur 46733<br>E-mail:[mailto:achs262@hotmail.com achs262@hotmail.com]<br><br>
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'''Adams County Indiana Genealogical Society'''<br> PO Box 33<br> Geneva, IN 46740-0033<br><br>
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'''Swiss Heritage Society'''<br>PO Box 88<br>Berne, IN 46711-0088<br>Telephone Number: 260-589-8007<br>Email:[mailto:anitamiller@swissheritage.org anitamiller@swissheritage.org]<br>[http://www.swissheritage.org/home.html Website]<br><br>
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Decatur Indiana Family History Center|Decatur Indiana Family History Center]]
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator family history center directory].
  
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_adamswpadeaths.php Transcription of WPA Death Index, 1882-1920]
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==== Taxation  ====
  
*[http://tinyurl.com/3n3qgms Indiana State Digital Achives ]for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011) <br>
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{{IN Tax Intro}}
  
*Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892 - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7852&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Ancestry.con ]$ <br>
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{{IN Tax End}}
  
*Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992&nbsp; -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674830 FamilySearch] <br>
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{{IN Tax Repositories WC|Adams}}
  
*Indiana Marriage, 1811-1959&nbsp; -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410397 FamilySearch] <br>
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==== Vital Records  ====
  
*Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920 -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1947977 FamilySearch] <br>
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{{IN Vital Intro}}
  
*Index to Birth Records Adams County 1882-1920 [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inadams/WPA/WPABirthIndex.html usgenweb] <br>
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===== Birth Records =====
  
*Index to Death Record Adams County 1870-200 - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inadams/Death/BerneDeathRecords.html INGenWeb]
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*'''1882-1920''' Index to Birth Records Adams County [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inadams/WPA/WPABirthIndex.html usgenweb] <br>
  
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===== Marriage Records  =====
  
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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*'''1780-1992''' {{RecordSearch|1674830|Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992}}  at FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1802-1892''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7852&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892] at Ancestry.com $ <br>
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*'''1811-2007''' {{RecordSearch|1410397|Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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===== Death Records =====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*'''1870-2000''' Index to Death Record Adams County [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inadams/Death/BerneDeathRecords.html INGenWeb]<br>
*[[Decatur Indiana Family History Center]]
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*'''1882-1920''' Indiana Death Index [http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_adamswpadeaths.php Transcription of WPA Death Index, 1882-1920]<br>
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*'''1882-1920''' {{RecordSearch|1947977|Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] - Index only
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*'''1899-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60716 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), index and images <br>
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*[https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/ Indiana State Digital Archives] <br>
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== Web Sites ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/indiana/adams-county/ Adams County, IN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116137955399210084448 Indiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/208669295836038/ Indiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inadams/ USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inadams/ USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Indiana%2C+Adams|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Indiana%2C+Adams|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/ Adams County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/ Adams County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*Adama County, Indiana History, Records, Facts and Genealogy&nbsp;- [http://www.n2genealogy.com/indiana/in-county-adams.html N2genealogy]<br>
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Latest revision as of 19:36, 23 August 2017

United States
Indiana
Adams County

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

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Adams County, Indiana
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 7, 1835
County Seat Decatur
Courthouse
Address Adams County Courthouse
112 S 2nd Street
Decatur, IN 46733
Phone: 219.724.2600
Adams County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
 
Marriage
 
Death
 
Land
 
Probate
1882*
 
1836*
 
1882*
 
1837
 
1838
*For earlier dates, 

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries 

  • Parent Counties: Formed from Adams New Purchase (Allen/Delaware/Randolph) in 1835[1]
  • County Seat: Decatur [2]

Description

The county was named in honor of President John Quincy Adams. It's county seat is Decatur and was founded 1 March 1836. It is located in the Northeast area of the state.[3]

Neighboring Counties

Allen  • Wells  • Jay  • Van Wert • Mercer

  • Neighboring Counties: Adams County, Indiana Genealogy residents may also have records in [4]
    Allen (north) · Jay (south) · Van Wert (northeast) · Mercer (southeast) · Wells (west)
Wabash CountyGrant CountyBlackford CountyJay CountyDarke CountyVan Wert CountyPaulding CountyMercer CountyAdams CountyHuntington CountyWhitley CountyAllen CountyWells CountyINAdams.JPG


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.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business Records

Cemeteries

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

For tips on accessing Adams 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 Adams County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:


Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

Histories

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Adams County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.


For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana 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 Adams County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Maps

Military Records

Civil War
  • Adams County, Indiana List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 at Internet Archive

Civil War service men from Adams County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Adams County.

World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
World War II, 1941-1945
  • Adams County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps  -  AccessGenealogy

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Adams County, Indiana Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings. The Indiana Division of the Indiana State Library has the state’s largest newspaper collection. Their newspaper microfilms are available through inter-library loan. For a county-by-county inventory of their 16,500 reels of Indiana newspaper microfilms, see their Indiana Collection.

Other places to access newspapers are Newspaper Archive ($)(may be free at your local library), public librariescollege or university libraries, the Library of Congress, or Google News.

For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.

Obituaries

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 Probate Records

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

School Records


Voter Registration

Repositories

Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records. [5]

Archives
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Adams County Historical Society
PO Box 262
Decatur 46733
E-mail:achs262@hotmail.com

Adams County Indiana Genealogical Society
PO Box 33
Geneva, IN 46740-0033

Swiss Heritage Society
PO Box 88
Berne, IN 46711-0088
Telephone Number: 260-589-8007
Email:anitamiller@swissheritage.org
Website

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.

Taxation

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


Vital Records

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 Adams County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Adams County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

Birth Records
  • 1882-1920 Index to Birth Records Adams County usgenweb
Marriage Records
Death Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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


Websites

Places

References

  1. Ancestry.com wiki contributors, "Adams County, Ohio" in Ancestry.com: Wiki at http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Monroe _County,_Ohio (accessed 4 August 2012).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana accessed 2/27/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana (accessed 2 August 2013).
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Adams, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.