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Guide to Hancock County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Hancock County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 26, 1827
County Seat Greenfield
Address Hancock County Courthouse
9 E Main Street
Greenfield, IN 46140
Phone: 317.462.1109
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Historical Facts

Populated Places

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss


Bible Records


Business Records


Census Records

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.

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




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


  • Hancock County, Indiana: Maps and Gazetteers - Linkpendium

Military Records

Mexican War, 1846-1848
Civil War, 1861-1865

Civil War service men from Hancock 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 Hancock County

Civil War Sources for Hancock County

  • "Military Annals" Chapter 7 in Richman, George J.History of Hancock County, Indiana; Its People, Industries and Institutions. (Greenfield, Ind: Wm. Mitchell Printing Co, 1916.) (page 255-328 Regiment, Company, Name)   977.258 H2r FHL US/CAN Book  FHL Collection  other library  INTERNET ARCHIVE   Google books
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
  • A Record of Indiana Men and Women who Died in the Service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War. 1914-1918 - Genealogy Trails
  • Residents of Hancock County, Indiana Who Served in World War I ($, Indiana Genealogical Society)
World War II, 1941-1945
  • Hancock County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps  -  AccessGenealogy

Naturalization and Citizenship


Many Hancock County residents were covered in the Knightstown Banner. See their obituary archive and genealogy columns at http://thebanneronline.com/


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.

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records



Hancock County Courthouse
 9 E Main Street
Greenfield, IN 46140
Phone: 317.462.1109

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1828.
County Recorder has land records.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882. [1]

Family History Centers

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FamilySearch Center for Hancock County, Indiana Genealogy is the

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [Family History Center directory].

School 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

Birth Records
Marriage Records
  • 1828-1836Hancock County, Indiana Marriages

Genealogy Trails

Death Records
  • Indiana State Digital Achives for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)
  • Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920 - FamilySearch

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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

Voter Registration

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, Indiana 213 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.