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Guide to '''Elkhart 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 | county = Elkhart County | county_map = | state = Indiana | state_map = Indiana.png | latd = | longd = | founded year = 1830 | founded date = January 29 | seat = Goshen | building image = | building address = [http://www.in.gov/judiciary/3386.htm Elkhart County Courthouse]<br>Courthouse Square<br>Goshen, IN 46526-3297<br>Phone: 219.535.6430 | adoption_sign = Adoption Indiana Genealogical Society}}
  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Elkhart County, Indiana#Birth_Records|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Elkhart County, Indiana#Marriage_Records|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Elkhart County, Indiana#Death_Records|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Elkhart County, Indiana#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Elkhart County, Indiana#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1882*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1830*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1882*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1831</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1830</center>
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try... [[Elkhart County, Indiana#Church_Records|'''Church''']] &#124; [[Elkhart County, Indiana#Obituaries|'''Obituaries''']] &#124; [[Elkhart County, Indiana#Cemeteries|'''Cemeteries''']]
  
[http://www.elkhartcountyindiana.com/Departments/Clerk/index.htm Elkhart County Courthouse]<br>Courthouse Squqre<br>Goshen, IN 46526-3297<br>Phone:. 219.535.6430 <br>
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County Health Department has&nbsp;birth and death records; <br>County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and&nbsp;county Court<br>records from 1830; County Recorder has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Elkhart County, Indiana 212 {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== History  ==
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==== Description ====
  
Dean K. Garber, Ivan Nunemaker, ''History of Elkhart County'', Indiana&nbsp;: together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens.(Chicago&nbsp;: C. C. Chapman, 1881.) 977.281 H2b {{FHL|206417|item|disp=FHLCollection}}&nbsp; INTERNET ARCHIVE &nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/details/historyofelkhart00inchic web site]
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It's county seat is Goshen and was founded April 1, 1830.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Elkhart County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/elkhart/ accessed 3/28/2017.</ref>  It is located in the North central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Elkhart County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elkhart_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
  
'''1830-- '''Elkhart County was created 29 January 1830&nbsp;from [[Allen County, Indiana|Allen]]&nbsp;and&nbsp;[[Cass County, Indiana|Cass]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Goshen <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline"> </span>
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[[St. Joseph County, Indiana Genealogy|St. Joseph]] {{•}} [[Marshall County, Indiana Genealogy|Marshall]] {{•}} [[Kosciusko County, Indiana Genealogy|Kosciusko]] {{•}} [[Noble County, Indiana Genealogy|Noble]] {{•}} [[La Grange County, Indiana Genealogy|La Grange]] {{•}} [[Cass County, Michigan Genealogy|Cass]] {{•}} [[St. Joseph County, Michigan Genealogy|St. Joseph]]
  
 
==== 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.
  
 
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities ==
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=== Resources ===
  
==== Populated Places ====
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==== Bible Records ====
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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==== Biographies  ====
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==== Business Records  ====
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==== Cemeteries ====
  
*[[Cass County, Indiana|Cass]]  
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*[[Kosciusko County, Indiana|Kosciusko]]  
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*[[LaGrange County, Indiana|Lagrange]]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
*[[Marshall County, Indiana|Marshall]]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
*[[Noble County, Indiana|Noble]]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
*[[St. Joseph County, Indiana|St. Joseph]]  
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*[[St. Joseph County, Michigan|St. Joseph County, Michigan]]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|525669|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Indiana/Elkhart-County?id=county_811 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgenwebsites.org/INElkhart/ INGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Elkhart+Indiana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/indiana/elkhart.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/US/in/elkhart.htm Indiana Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
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== Resources ==
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==== Census Records ====
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{Census|Indiana}}
  
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=31193 Saint Vincent De Paul Cemetery, Elkhart] BillionGraves
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*Index to Mortality Schedule (1860) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])<br>
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*Index to Defective, Dependent &amp; Delinquent Census (1880) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
==== Census ====
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==== Church Records ====
  
{{Census|Indiana}}
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{{IN Church Intro}}  
  
*Index to Defective, Dependent &amp; Delinquent Census for Elkhart County, Indiana (1880) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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{{IN Church End}}
  
==== Church ====
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{{IN Church Repositories|Elkhart|573645}}
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Court Records ====
  
 
==== Directories  ====
 
==== Directories  ====
  
*Directory of Businesses in Elkhart County, Indiana (1858, 1868) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Directory of Businesses (1858, 1868) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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==== Ethnic and Religious Groups  ====
  
==== Land ====
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==== Gazetteers ====
  
==== Local Histories ====
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==== Genealogies ====
  
*[http://everynameindex.com/ElkhartCoIN.html Every Name Index to History of Elkhart County, Indiana]. Every Name Index compiled by Cathy L. O'Connor, 2007; original text by Charles C. Chapman &amp; Co., 1881; reproduction by Unigraphic, Inc., 1971.
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==== Histories  ====
  
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Dean K. Garber, Ivan Nunemaker, ''History of Elkhart County'', Indiana&nbsp;: together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens.(Chicago&nbsp;: C. C. Chapman, 1881.) 977.281 H2b {{FHL|206417|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp; INTERNET ARCHIVE &nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/details/historyofelkhart00inchic web site]
  
*O'Connor, Cathy L. ''Every Name Index to History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens'', (by Chas. C. Chapman &amp; Co., 1881. Edwardsburg, Mich: Cathy L. O'Connor, 2007.) 977.281 H2h FHL US/CAN Book {{FHL|206417|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/title/every-name-index-to-history-of-elkhart-county-indiana-together-with-sketches-of-its-cities-villages-and-townships-educational-religious-civil-military-and-political-history-portraits-of-prominent-persons-and-biographies-of-representative-citizens-by-chas-c-chapman-co-1881/oclc/254374064&referer=brief_results other libraries]&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH19&CISOPTR=32365&CISOSHOW=31184 Family History Archives]
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===== Local Histories  =====
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{{IN History}}
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*[http://everynameindex.com/ElkhartCoIN.html Every Name Index to History of Elkhart County, Indiana]. Every Name Index compiled by Cathy L. O'Connor, 2007; original text by Charles C. Chapman &amp; Co., 1881; reproduction by Unigraphic, Inc., 1971.&nbsp;
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*O'Connor, Cathy L. ''Every Name Index to History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens'', (by Chas. C. Chapman &amp; Co., 1881. Edwardsburg, Mich: Cathy L. O'Connor, 2007.) {{FHL|206417|item|disp=FHL Book 977.281 H2h}}&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/title/every-name-index-to-history-of-elkhart-county-indiana-together-with-sketches-of-its-cities-villages-and-townships-educational-religious-civil-military-and-political-history-portraits-of-prominent-persons-and-biographies-of-representative-citizens-by-chas-c-chapman-co-1881/oclc/254374064&referer=brief_results other libraries]&nbsp;&nbsp;  
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{{IN History End}}
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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|Elkhart|602554}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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{{IN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{IN Elkhart County}}}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; 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.
  
==== Military  ====
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==== Military Records ====
  
Civil War  
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===== ''Civil War''  =====
  
 
Civil War service men from&nbsp;Elkhart 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&nbsp;Elkhart County  
 
Civil War service men from&nbsp;Elkhart 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&nbsp;Elkhart County  
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Civil War Book  
 
Civil War Book  
  
*&nbsp;"Military History", Chaper 10, in Dean K. Garber, Ivan Nunemaker, ''History of Elkhart County'', Indiana&nbsp;:(Chicago&nbsp;: C. C. Chapman, 1881.) page 537-575, 977.281 H2b {{FHL|206417|item|disp=FHLCollection}}&nbsp; INTERNET ARCHIVE [http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofelkhart00inchic#page/536/mode/2up web site]<br>
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*"Military History", Chapter 10, in Dean K. Garber, Ivan Nunemaker, ''History of Elkhart County'', Indiana&nbsp;:(Chicago&nbsp;: C. C. Chapman, 1881.) page 537-575, 977.281 H2b {{FHL|206417|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp; INTERNET ARCHIVE [http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofelkhart00inchic#page/536/mode/2up web site]<br>
  
*"Military History" Chapter 11 in O'Connor, Cathy L. ''Every Name Index to History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens'', (by Chas. C. Chapman &amp; Co., 1881. Edwardsburg, Mich: Cathy L. O'Connor, 2007.),(page 535-574, Regiment, Companies),&nbsp;977.281 H2h FHL US/CAN Book {{FHL|206417|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/title/every-name-index-to-history-of-elkhart-county-indiana-together-with-sketches-of-its-cities-villages-and-townships-educational-religious-civil-military-and-political-history-portraits-of-prominent-persons-and-biographies-of-representative-citizens-by-chas-c-chapman-co-1881/oclc/254374064&referer=brief_results other libraries]&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH19&CISOPTR=32365&CISOSHOW=31184 Family History Archives]
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*"Military History" Chapter 11 in O'Connor, Cathy L. ''Every Name Index to History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens'', (by Chas. C. Chapman &amp; Co., 1881. Edwardsburg, Mich: Cathy L. O'Connor, 2007.),(page 535-574, Regiment, Companies),&nbsp;977.281 H2h FHL US/CAN Book {{FHL|206417|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/title/every-name-index-to-history-of-elkhart-county-indiana-together-with-sketches-of-its-cities-villages-and-townships-educational-religious-civil-military-and-political-history-portraits-of-prominent-persons-and-biographies-of-representative-citizens-by-chas-c-chapman-co-1881/oclc/254374064&referer=brief_results other libraries]&nbsp;&nbsp; {{FSbook|100672}}
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===== ''World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918''  =====
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===== ''World War II, 1941-1945''  =====
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
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{{IN Probate Intro|Elkhart}}
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'''Online 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 '''$'''
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{{IN Probate Repositories|Elkhart|478889}}
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==== Public Records ====
  
 
==== School Records  ====
 
==== School Records  ====
  
*Alumni of Middlebury High School, Elkhart County, Indiana (1886-1916) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Alumni of Middlebury High School (1886-1916) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])  
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*Students of Elkart High School (1937) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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===== Voter Registration  =====
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==== Repositories  ====
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===== Courthouse  =====
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[http://www.in.gov/judiciary/3386.htm Elkhart County Courthouse]<br>Courthouse Square<br>Goshen, IN 46526-3297<br>Phone: 219.535.6430 <br>
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County Health Department has birth and death records.<br>County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and county Courtrecords from 1830. <br>County Recorder has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Elkhart County, Indiana 212 {{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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'''Elkhart County Historical Museum'''<br>304 W Vistula St<br> Bristol, IN 46507<br>Telephone Number: 574-848-4322<br>E-mail: [mailto:museum@elkhartcountyhistory.org museum@elkhartcountyhistory.org]<br>[http://www.elkhartcountyhistory.org/ Website]<br>Our genealogical library is in the Corson Reading Room. <br>Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm.<br><br>
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'''Elkhart County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 1031<br>Elkhart, IN 46515-1031<br>E-mail: [mailto:info@elkhartcogensoc.org info@elkhartcogensoc.org]<br>[https://elkhartcogensoc.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Goshen Historical Museum'''<br>124 S. Main St.<br>Goshen, IN 46526-3702<br>Telephone Number: 574-975-0033<br>E-mail: [mailto:museum@goshenhistorical.org museum@goshenhistorical.org]<br><br>
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'''Middlebury Community Historical Museum'''<br>PO Box 270<br>Middlebury, IN 46540-0270<br>Telephone Number: 574-825-0978<br>E-mail: [mailto:info@mchm.org info@mchm.org]<br>[http://www.mchm.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''New Paris Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 101<br>New Paris, IN 46553-0101<br><br>
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'''Wakarusa Historical Society and Museum'''<br>403 Wabash Ave.<br>Wakarusa, IN 46573<br><br>
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'''Elkhart County Historical Society'''<br>c/o Winifred Cosbey Library<br>State Road 120<br>PO Box 434<br>Bristol, IN 46507<br>Telephone Number: 574-848-4322<br><br>
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'''Elkhart County Historical Museum'''<br>304 Vistula St.<br>Bristol, IN 46507<br>Telephone Number: 574-848-4322<br>[http://www.elkhartcountyhistory.org Website]<br><br>
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[South Bend Indiana Family History Center|South Bend Indiana Family History Center]]
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For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator family history center directory].
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{IN Tax Intro}}
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{{IN Tax End}}
  
*[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 Repositories WC|Elkhart}}
  
*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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==== Vital Records  ====
  
*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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===== Birth Records  =====
  
*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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===== Marriage Records  =====
  
*Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920 -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1947977 FamilySearch]
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*'''1800s-2007''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=indiana%2cin Indiana, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
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*'''1780-1992''' {{RecordSearch|1674830|Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992}} - 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] - 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
  
== Societies and Libraries<br> ==
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===== Death Records =====
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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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>
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]&nbsp;
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{{IN Vital Repositories|Elkhart|528854}}
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Websites ===
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/indiana/elkhart-county/ Elkhart County, IN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*{{FHL|Indiana%2C+Elkhart|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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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]
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*[http://www.everynameindex.com EveryNameIndex.com]&nbsp;&nbsp; Free online genealogy indexes for those big old county histories.
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*[http://usgenwebsites.org/INElkhart/ Elkhart County INGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Elkhart/ Elkhart County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
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Latest revision as of 02:42, 13 September 2018

United States
Indiana
Elkhart County

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

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Elkhart County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 29, 1830
County Seat Goshen
Courthouse
Address Elkhart County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Goshen, IN 46526-3297
Phone: 219.535.6430
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1882*
1830*
1882*
1831
1830
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries


Description

It's county seat is Goshen and was founded April 1, 1830.[1] It is located in the North central area of the state.[2]

Neighboring Counties

St. Joseph  • Marshall  • Kosciusko  • Noble  • La Grange  • Cass  • St. Joseph

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
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records

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


Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

Histories

Dean K. Garber, Ivan Nunemaker, History of Elkhart County, Indiana : together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens.(Chicago : C. C. Chapman, 1881.) 977.281 H2b FHL Collection  INTERNET ARCHIVE  web site

Local Histories

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



  • O'Connor, Cathy L. Every Name Index to History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens, (by Chas. C. Chapman & Co., 1881. Edwardsburg, Mich: Cathy L. O'Connor, 2007.) FHL Book 977.281 H2h other libraries  

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


Maps

Cass CountySt. Joseph CountySt. Joseph CountyMarshall CountyKosciusko CountyNoble CountyLaGrange CountyIN ELKHART.PNG
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Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Elkhart 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 Elkhart County



Civil War Book

  • "Military History", Chapter 10, in Dean K. Garber, Ivan Nunemaker, History of Elkhart County, Indiana :(Chicago : C. C. Chapman, 1881.) page 537-575, 977.281 H2b FHL Collection  INTERNET ARCHIVE web site
  • "Military History" Chapter 11 in O'Connor, Cathy L. Every Name Index to History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens, (by Chas. C. Chapman & Co., 1881. Edwardsburg, Mich: Cathy L. O'Connor, 2007.),(page 535-574, Regiment, Companies), 977.281 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other libraries   FamilySearch Books Online
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
World War II, 1941-1945

Naturalization and Citizenship

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 Records


Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

School Records

Voter Registration

Repositories

Courthouse

Elkhart County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Goshen, IN 46526-3297
Phone: 219.535.6430

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and county Courtrecords from 1830.
County Recorder has land records. [3]

Archives
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Elkhart County Historical Museum
304 W Vistula St
Bristol, IN 46507
Telephone Number: 574-848-4322
E-mail: museum@elkhartcountyhistory.org
Website
Our genealogical library is in the Corson Reading Room.
Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Elkhart County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1031
Elkhart, IN 46515-1031
E-mail: info@elkhartcogensoc.org
Website

Goshen Historical Museum
124 S. Main St.
Goshen, IN 46526-3702
Telephone Number: 574-975-0033
E-mail: museum@goshenhistorical.org

Middlebury Community Historical Museum
PO Box 270
Middlebury, IN 46540-0270
Telephone Number: 574-825-0978
E-mail: info@mchm.org
Website

New Paris Historical Society
PO Box 101
New Paris, IN 46553-0101

Wakarusa Historical Society and Museum
403 Wabash Ave.
Wakarusa, IN 46573

Elkhart County Historical Society
c/o Winifred Cosbey Library
State Road 120
PO Box 434
Bristol, IN 46507
Telephone Number: 574-848-4322

Elkhart County Historical Museum
304 Vistula St.
Bristol, IN 46507
Telephone Number: 574-848-4322
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 Elkhart County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:


Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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


Websites

Places

References

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Elkhart County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/elkhart/ accessed 3/28/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Elkhart County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elkhart_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Elkhart County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.