Adams County, Indiana Genealogy
Guide to Adams County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Adams County, Indiana|
Location of Indiana in the U.S.
|Founded||February 7, 1835|
|Address|| Adams County Courthouse|
112 S 2nd Street
Decatur, IN 46733
Adams County Website
- 1 Historical Facts
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Biographies
- 2.3 Business Records
- 2.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5 Census Records
- 2.6 Church Records
- 2.7 Court Records
- 2.8 Directories
- 2.9 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.10 Ethnic and Religious Groups
- 2.11 Gazetteers
- 2.12 Genealogies
- 2.13 Histories
- 2.14 Land and Property
- 2.15 Maps
- 2.16 Military Records
- 2.17 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.18 Newspapers
- 2.19 Obituaries
- 2.20 Probate Records
- 2.21 Public Records
- 2.22 Repositories
- 2.23 School Records
- 2.24 Taxation
- 2.25 Vital Records
- 2.26 Voter Registration
- 2.27 Web Sites
- 3 References
- The Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center has numerous transcriptions of Adams County cemeteries on its website.
- The Indiana Genealogical Society has many transcriptions of Adams County cemeteries available for free on its website.
- Adams County Cemeteries by Township - usgenweb
- Adams County, Indiana: Cemeteries - Linkpendium
- Index of 1840 Census for Adams County, Indiana (Free, Indiana Genealogical Society)
- Index of 1850 Census for Adams County, Indiana (Free, Indiana Genealogical Society)
- Index to Mortality Schedule for Adams County, Indiana (1860) (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)
- Index to Defective, Dependent & Delinquent Census for Adams County, Indiana (1880) (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)
For tips on accessing Adams County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.
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.
- Old Courthouse Records - INGenWeb
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic and Religious Groups
Local histories are available for Adams County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.
- History for Adams County Linkpendium
- 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 book 977.27 H2t Other libraries (WorldCat) FamilySearch Books Online
- Snow, J. F. 1907. Snow's history of Adams County, Indiana. (Indianapolis, Ind: B.F. Bowen.) Internet Archive FHL Film 1000528 Item 5 Other libraries (WorldCat)
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.
- Family Maps of Adams County, Indiana Genealogy (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
- Maps and Gazetteers Linkpendium
- Indiana State Digital Achives for Civil War can be searched by soldier's name (accessed 1 May 2011)
- List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Adams County, Indiana (Source: Internet Archive)
- Adams Co IN Ancestral Heroes (Military War Heroes) (Source: A:AncestralHeroes.com)
-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, Company B
- 8th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry, Company C; INGenWeb
- 11th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry, Company C
- 13th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry, Company G
- 30th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Reorganized Company D
- 47th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company C
- 57th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company D
- 89th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies H, I, and K
- 139th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company I
- 147th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company F
- 153rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company E
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
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.
For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.
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.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records. 
Family History Centers
- Graduates of Common Schools in Adams County, Indiana (1912) (Free, Indiana Genealogical Society)
- School Enumeration of Union Township, Adams County, Indiana (1853) (Members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)
- Eighth Grade Commencement, 1938
- School Records and Histories Linkpendium
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.
- 1882-1920 Index to Birth Records Adams County usgenweb
- 1802-1892 Indiana Marriages Ancestry.com $
- 1780-1992 Indiana Marriages FamilySearch
- 1811-1959 Indiana Marriages FamilySearch
- 1870-2000 Index to Death Record Adams County INGenWeb
- 1882-1920 Indiana Death Index Transcription of WPA Death Index, 1882-1920
- 1882-1920 Indiana, Death Index FamilySearch
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Adams County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Adams County, Indiana History, Records, Facts and Genealogy - N2genealogy
- 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.