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

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Fulton County, Indiana
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Founded February 7, 1835
County Seat Rochester
Courthouse
Address Fulton County Courthouse
815 Main Street
Rochester, IN 46975
Phone: 219.223.2911
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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1836 1882 1836 1836 1836 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.


  • Parent Counties: Formed February 7, 1835 unorganized territory (Cass/Elkhart/St. Joseph)[2]
  • County Seat: Lawrenceburg [3]
  • County Seat: Rochester [4]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in honor of Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat. Its county seat is Rochester and was founded 1835.[5] It is located in the North central area of the state.[6]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Starke  • Marshall  • Kosciusko  • Wabash  • Miami  • Cass  • Pulaski

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps" (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
INGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

  • Census transcripts (Fulton County Public Library):

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository.


For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.


Finding More Church Records[edit source]

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Fulton County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • Barnhart, Henry A. 1981. History of Indiana from its exploration to 1922. (Rochester, Ind. (700 Pontiac St., Rochester, Ind., 46975): Tombaugh Pub. House. ); also Barnhart, Henry A., and Logan Esarey. 1923. An account of Fulton County: from its organization. (Dayton, Ohio: Dayton Historical Pub. Co.). 977.287 H2a FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; Other Libraries

For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana Local Histories.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

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

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


Finding More Land Records[edit source]

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military Records[edit | edit source]

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Fulton County, Indiana - Internet Archive
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Fulton 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 Fulton County

Civil War Books

  • "Military" Chapter 5 in Barnhart, Henry A. 1981. History of Indiana from its exploration to 1922. (Rochester, Ind. (700 Pontiac St., Rochester, Ind., 46975): Tombaugh Pub. House.); also Barnhart, Henry A., and Logan Esarey. 1923. An account of Fulton County: from its organization. (Dayton, Ohio: Dayton Historical Pub. Co.). Pages 69-74. Regiment, Companies. 977.287 H2a FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; Other Libraries
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918[edit | edit source]
World War II, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.


Online Records


Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

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

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Fulton County Courthouse
815 Main Street
Rochester, IN 46975
Phone: 219.223.2911

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1836.
County Health Department has birth and death records.
County recorder has land records.[7]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Fulton County Historical Society
    37 E 375 N
    Rochester, IN 46975
    Phone: 574-223-4436
    Website
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

School Records
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Taxation[edit | edit source]

Indiana tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.


For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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


Websites[edit | edit source]

Places[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fulton County, Indiana. Page 211-218 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 208-211.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Fulton County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Fulton County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  5. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Franklin County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/franklin/ accessed 3/28/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fulton County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.