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

This article is about a northeast Indiana county. For other uses, see Allen.
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County Facts
County seat: Fort Wayne
Organized: December 17, 1823
Parent County(s): Delaware New Purchase and unorganized territory
Neighboring Counties
DeKalb  • Noble  • Whitley  • Huntington  • Wells  • Adams  • Van Wert (OH)  • Paulding (OH)  • Defiance (OH)
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County Information

Description

Allen County was named for John Allen. It is located in the northeastern area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse

Allen County Courthouse
715 S Calhoun Street #200
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-449-7245
County Website

Allen County Health Department
200 E Berry St, Suite 360
Fort Wayne, IN, 46802
Health Officer: Deborah McMahan, MD
Phone Number: 260-449-7561
Fax: 260-427-1391
Email: mindy.waldron@co.allen.in.us
Health Department

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records records from 1824, divorce, probate and court records from 1823.
County Recorder has land records.
County Board of Health has birth, death and burial records.[2]
Health Department has birth records filed and death records filed for deaths.
Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Allen County, Indiana Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1824 1870 1823 1824 1823 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

Populated Places
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:[5]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns
  • Academie
  • Centreville
  • East Liberty
  • Fairport
  • Lewisburg
  • Massillon
  • Middletown

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI) - The Business database is useful, some information is free while other information requires a paid membership. Website

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Allen County, Indiana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

The following may also have record to help in research:

  • Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana, Cemetery Index Website
  • Allen County Public Library Genealogical Center, Allen County Cemetery Index. Website

Census Records

For tips on accessing Allen County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 996
1840 5,942 496.6%
1850 16,919 184.7%
1860 29,328 73.3%
1870 43,494 48.3%
1880 54,763 25.9%
1890 66,689 21.8%
1900 77,270 15.9%
1910 93,386 20.9%
1920 114,303 22.4%
1930 146,743 28.4%
1940 155,084 5.7%
1950 183,722 18.5%
1960 232,196 26.4%
1970 280,455 20.8%
1980 294,335 4.9%
1990 300,836 2.2%
2000 331,849 10.3%
2010 355,329 7.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana - the following information is available in their database:

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.

General

Catholic

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ward and Branch Records

  • Fort Wayne

Presbyterian

  • 1845-1876 - First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, Baptism Index 1845-1876 at FamilySearch. Batch C524401[6]
  • 1868-1873 - First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, Marriage Index 1868-1873 at FamilySearch. Batch M524401.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

  • 1844-1906 - Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, Applications for Naturalization. Information includes name, date of application, native country. Later ones also include age, port of embarkation, and date and place of arrival.

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center has the following information in their database:

Funeral Homes

  • Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI) has databases for Allen County Funeral Card Collection, Funeral Home Records, and Mortuaries Records. ACGSI

Genealogies

Guardianship

  • 1829-1905 - Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center Guardianship Records. Index gives the name of the ward and usually the name of the guardian, date of appointment, heir of, and volume/page of the original record.

Land and Property Records

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. See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the Allen County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Allen County. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. For more information about local histories, see Indiana Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records


Civil War
Civil War service men from Allen 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 Allen County.

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship

  • 1844-1906 - Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center Applications for Naturalization. Information includes name, date of application, native country. Later ones also include age, port of embarkation, and date and place of arrival.

Newspapers

Indiana newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

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

Obituaries

  • 1841-2015 - Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center Obituary Index Web site shows name, date of obituary and name of newspaper and page for the Fort Wayne and Allen County areas. There are more than 542,000 records in the database.

Other Records

Historical Photos

Periodicals

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 Allen County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records

Social Security Records

Tax Records

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.

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.

Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI) has the following records in their database:

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Listed below are archives in Allen County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Affiliate Libraries

Libraries

Listed below are libraries in Allen County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-421-1200
Website

Houses one of the largest genealogical record collections in the world.

Museums

African/African-American Historical Museum
436 E. Douglas Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-348-4465
Email: wbr@scrameggs.net
Facebook
Website

Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum
226 W Washington Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-426-0051
Email: fwfmuseum@netscape.net
Website

The History Center /
Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society

302 East Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-426-2882
Website

Societies

Listed below are societies in Allen County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Societies.

  • African / African American Historical Society
    436 E Douglas Ave
    Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    Phone 260-348-4465
    Email:officiallyaaahsm@gmail.com
    Facebook
  • Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society
    302 East Berry Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    Phone: 260-426-2882
    Fax: 260-424-4419
    Email: histsociety@fwhistorycenter.com
    Website
  • Allen County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 12003
    Fort Wayne, IN 46862
    Email: info@acgsi.org
    Facebook
    Website
  • Besancon Historical Society
    15535 Lincoln Highway East
    New Haven, IN 46774
    Website
  • Grabill Historical Society
    PO Box 346
    Corner of First & West Streets
    Grabill, IN 46741-0346
    Phone: 260-627-5227
  • Huntertown Historical Society
    PO Box 662
    Huntertown, IN 46748-0662
    Phone 260-637-3530
    Email: shirleyu@comcast.net
    Website
  • Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society
    5200 Old Mill Road
    Fort Wayne, IN 46807
    Email:info@NEIndianaJGS.org
    Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Allen County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_County,_Indiana accessed 2/27/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Allen County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Allen County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_County,_Indiana#Amish_community, accessed 19 November 2019.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/9/91/Igiindiana.pdf.