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Guide to '''Jefferson 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 = Jefferson County | county_map = | state = Indiana | state_map = Indiana.png | latd = | longd = | founded year = 1810
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| founded date = November 23 | seat = Madison | building image = | building address = Jefferson County Courthouse<br>300 E Main St #203<br>Madison, IN 47250<br>Ph. 812.265.8921<br>[http://www.in.gov/judiciary/2932.htm '''Website'''] | adoption_sign=Adoption Indiana Genealogical Society}}
  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Jefferson County, Indiana#Birth_Records|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Jefferson County, Indiana#Marriage_Records|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Jefferson County, Indiana#Death_Records|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Jefferson County, Indiana#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Jefferson 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>1811*</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>1811</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1811</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''*For earlier dates,'''
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try... [[Jefferson County, Indiana#Church_Records|'''Church''']] &#124; [[Jefferson County, Indiana#Obituaries|'''Obituaries''']] &#124; [[Jefferson County, Indiana#Cemeteries|'''Cemeteries''']]
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:Jefferson County Indiana Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px]]&nbsp;Jefferson county; 300 E Main St #203; Madison, IN 47250; Ph. 812.265.8921 Details: (Co Hlth Dept has b, d &amp; bur rec; Co Clk has m, div, pro &amp; ct rec; Co Redr has land rec)  
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*'''Parent Counties''':Formed from [[Clark County, Indiana Genealogy|Clark]], [[Knox County, Indiana Genealogy|Knox]] and [[Dearborn County, Indiana Genealogy|Dearborn]] counties on 23 November 1810.'''<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> '''
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*'''County Seat: ''' Madison<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref><br>
  
== Qick Facts  ==
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==== Description ====
  
==== Parent County  ====
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The county was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, principal draftsman of the Northwest Ordinance and the third president of the United States from 1801 through 1809. It's county seat is Madison and was founded 1811.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Jefferson County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/jefferson/ accessed 3/29/2017.</ref> It is located in the Southeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_County,_Indiana 3/29/2017.</ref>
  
'''1810--'''Jefferson County was created 23 November 1810 from [[Clark County, Indiana|Clark]] and [[Dearborn County, Indiana|Dearborn]] Counties.<br>'''County seat: '''Madison <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
  
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[[Switzerland County, Indiana Genealogy|Switzerland]] {{•}} [[Ripley County, Indiana Genealogy|Ripley]] {{•}} [[Jennings County, Indiana Genealogy|Jennings]] {{•}} [[Scott County, Indiana Genealogy|Scott]] {{•}} [[Clark County, Indiana Genealogy|Clark]] {{•}} [[Carroll County, Kentucky Genealogy|Carroll]] {{•}} [[Trimble County, Kentucky Genealogy|Trimble]]
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<center>{{INJefferson,Indiana Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
==== 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.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
Jefferson County, Indiana Courthouse Damaged by Fire (20 May 2009) (multiple sources)<br>http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=10399782&amp;nav=9Tai<br>[http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090522/NEWS02/905220388/County+records+likely+ruined+in+Madison+fire http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090522/NEWS02/905220388/County+records+likely+ruined+in+Madison+fire]<br>
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Jefferson County, Indiana Courthouse Damaged by Fire (20 May 2009) <br>  
 
 
Flames destroyed parts of the 154-year-old Jefferson County Courthouse today. The Indiana state fire marshal has completed a preliminary investigation, but has not yet issued a report.
 
 
 
Decades of history may have been lost as flames ripped through the courthouse. The third floor partially collapsed and the basement sustained significant water damage.
 
  
Local preservation experts have retrieved deeds and some other vital documents. Many of them will have to be frozen before they can be restored. However, there are some that were irreparably damaged in the fire.  
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*[http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=10399782&nav=9Tai Madison Fire Destroys Records]
  
The fire came as crews were finishing restoration work on the courthouse for the city's bicentennial celebration. County officials said exterior work was nearly complete. A video is available at [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQRXvKP4Oc4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQRXvKP4Oc4 ]or click on the image below.  
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Flames destroyed parts of the 154-year-old Jefferson County Courthouse today. Decades of history may have been lost. Local preservation experts have retrieved deeds and some other vital documents. Many of them will have to be frozen before they can be restored. However, there are some that were irreparably damaged in the fire.
  
== Places/Localities ==
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=== Resources ===
  
==== Populated Places ====
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==== Bible Records ====
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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==== Biographies ====
  
[[Clark County, Indiana|Clark]] | [[Jennings County, Indiana|Jennings]] | [[Ripley County, Indiana|Ripley]] | [[Scott County, Indiana|Scott]] | [[Switzerland County, Indiana|Switzerland]] | '''Kentucky''' counties: [[Carroll County, Kentucky|Carroll]] | [[Trimble County, Kentucky|Trimble]]
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==== Business Records ====
 
 
== Resources ==
 
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=17&GScnty=830&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|457322|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=17&CScnty=830 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.ingenweb.org/injefferson/jefftableofcontents.html INGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Jefferson+Indiana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Indiana&county=Jefferson&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/in/jefferson/cemeteries.html INGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/indiana/jefferson.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/US/in/jefferson.htm Indiana Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Indiana Cemeteries|Indiana Cemeteries]] for more information.
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*Cemeteries for Jefferson - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Jefferson/cem/ Linkpendium]
 
*Cemeteries for Jefferson - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Jefferson/cem/ Linkpendium]
  
==== Census  ====
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==== Census Records ====
  
 
{{Census|Indiana}}  
 
{{Census|Indiana}}  
  
*Index to Defective, Dependent &amp; Delinquent Census for Jefferson County, Indiana (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])  
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*Index to Defective, Dependent &amp; Delinquent Census for Jefferson County ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Early Settlers of Jefferson County ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])  
 
*Jefferson County, Indiana: Census Records and Indexes - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Jefferson/cen/ Linkpendium]
 
*Jefferson County, Indiana: Census Records and Indexes - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Jefferson/cen/ Linkpendium]
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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{{IN Church Intro}}
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===== United Church of Christ  =====
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*'''1837-1935''' - St. John's United Church of Christ, Madison, Baptism Index 1837-1935 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C725141}}.<ref name="vr1">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igiindianah.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igiindianah.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1837-1935''' - St. John's United Church of Christ, Madison, Marriage Index 1837-1935 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M725141}}.<ref name="vr1" />
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{{IN Church End}}
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{{IN Church Repositories|Jefferson|573220}}
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Court Records ====
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* [http://www.indianasgore.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=8159&action=edit Circuit Court Order Book 1 Index] (1812-1818) (free)
  
 
==== Directories  ====
 
==== Directories  ====
  
*Directory of Businesses in Jefferson County, Indiana (1858) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Directory of Businesses in Jefferson County (1858) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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==== Ethnic and Religious Groups  ====
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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==== Genealogies  ====
  
==== Land ====
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==== Histories ====
  
==== History ====
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===== Local Histories =====
  
*''Biographical and Historical Souvenir for the Counties of Clark, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Jefferson, Jennings, Scott and Washington, Indiana''. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, 1972.) FHL US/CAN Film 934899 Item 4 {{FHL|161588|item|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/biographical-and-historical-souvenir-for-the-counties-of-clark-crawford-harrison-floyd-jefferson-jennings-scott-and-washington-indiana/oclc/6966330&referer=brief_results other libraries&nbsp;]&nbsp; [http://www.archive.org/details/biographicalhisto00inchic INTERNET ARCHIVE] <br>
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*''Biographical and Historical Souvenir for the Counties of Clark, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Jefferson, Jennings, Scott and Washington, Indiana''. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, 1972.) FHL US/CAN Film 934899 Item 4 {{FHL|161588|item|item|disp=FHL Collection}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/biographical-and-historical-souvenir-for-the-counties-of-clark-crawford-harrison-floyd-jefferson-jennings-scott-and-washington-indiana/oclc/6966330&referer=brief_results other libraries] [http://www.archive.org/details/biographicalhisto00inchic INTERNET ARCHIVE] <br>
  
 
*History of Jefferson County - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Jefferson/hist/ Linkpendium]
 
*History of Jefferson County - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Jefferson/hist/ Linkpendium]
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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|Jefferson|422491}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Indiana]
 
*Maps and Gazetteers - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Jefferson/maps/ Linkpendium]
 
*Maps and Gazetteers - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Jefferson/maps/ Linkpendium]
  
==== Military  ====
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==== Military Records ====
  
*African American Veterans in Jefferson County, Indiana (1890) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*African American Veterans in Jefferson County, Indiana (1890) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
Civil War  
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'''Civil War '''
  
 
Civil War service men from Jefferson 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 Jefferson County.  
 
Civil War service men from Jefferson 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 Jefferson County.  
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*[[28th US Colored Troops|28th US Colored Troops]], Company E, and Addition Recruits for Colored Troop
 
*[[28th US Colored Troops|28th US Colored Troops]], Company E, and Addition Recruits for Colored Troop
  
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''Civil War books and articles''
  
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*Robertson, Middleton, "Recollections of Morgan's Raid", (''Indiana Magazine of History ''28, no. 2 (June 1932): 116-137.) 1863, Jefferson County (Deputy) [http://www.indiana.edu/~imaghist/online_content/vcsfrmpst/voices_cvlwr/robertson.html Abstract and Bibliographic Information][http://www.indiana.edu/~imhfiles/Civil_War_VFP/Morgan_Raid.pdf article PDF] <br>
  
article on the Civil War
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*Garber, Michael C., Jr., "Reminiscences of the Burning of Columbia, South Carolina" ,( Indiana Magazine of History 11, no. 4 (December 1915): 285-300.) 1865, Jefferson County (Madison)
  
*Robertson, Middleton, "Recollections of Morgan's Raid", (''Indiana Magazine of History ''28, no. 2 (June 1932): 116-137.) 1863, Jefferson County (Deputy)&nbsp; [http://www.indiana.edu/~imaghist/online_content/vcsfrmpst/voices_cvlwr/robertson.html Abstract and Bibliographic Information]&nbsp; [http://www.indiana.edu/~imhfiles/Civil_War_VFP/Morgan_Raid.pdf article PDF] <br>
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[http://www.indiana.edu/~imaghist/online_content/vcsfrmpst/voices_cvlwr/garber.html Abstract and Bibliographic Information] [http://www.indiana.edu/~imhfiles/Civil_War_VFP/Reminiscences_Burning.pdf article PDF]  
  
*Garber, Michael C., Jr., "Reminiscences of the Burning of Columbia, South Carolina" ,( Indiana Magazine of History 11, no. 4 (December 1915): 285-300.) 1865, Jefferson County (Madison)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.indiana.edu/~imaghist/online_content/vcsfrmpst/voices_cvlwr/garber.html Abstract and Bibliographic Information]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.indiana.edu/~imhfiles/Civil_War_VFP/Reminiscences_Burning.pdf article PDF]
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Periodicals  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
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{{IN Probate Intro|Jefferson}}
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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 '''$'''
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{{IN Probate Repositories|Jefferson|423159}}
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==== Public Records  ====
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===== School Records  =====
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*Directory of Teachers for Jefferson County (1936) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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==== Repositories  ====
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===== Courthouse  =====
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[[Image:Jefferson County Indiana Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Jefferson County Indiana Courthouse.jpg]] Jefferson County Courthouse<br>300 E Main St #203<br>Madison, IN 47250<br>Phone 812-265-8921<br>County Health Dept has b, d and bur rec; County Clerk has m, div, pro and court rec; County Recorder has land rec
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===== Archives  =====
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===== Libraries  =====
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===== Museums  =====
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===== Societies  =====
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[North Vernon Indiana Family History Center|North Vernon 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  ====
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{{IN Tax Intro}}
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{{IN Tax End}}
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{{IN Tax Records Repositories|Jefferson|551976}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[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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*[http://tinyurl.com/3n3qgms Indiana State Digital Achives ]for Death, E-Publication, Institution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011) <br>
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===== Birth Records  =====
  
*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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===== Marriage 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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*'''1780-1992''' {{RecordSearch|1674830|Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992}}  at FamilySearch<br>
  
*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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*'''1802-1892''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7852&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892] at Ancestry.com $ <br>
  
*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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*'''1811-2007''' {{RecordSearch|1410397|Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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===== Death Records =====
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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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]]
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{{IN Vital Repositories|Jefferson|423151}}
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Places ===
  
*[http://ingenweb.org/injefferson/indextwo.html USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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=== Websites ===
*{{FHL|Indiana%2C+Jefferson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Jefferson/ Jefferson County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
  
== References  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/indiana/jefferson-county/ Jefferson County, IN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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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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=== References  ===
  
 
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Latest revision as of 20:26, 18 August 2017

United States
Indiana
Jefferson County

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

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Jefferson County, Indiana
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 23, 1810
County Seat Madison
Courthouse
Address Jefferson County Courthouse
300 E Main St #203
Madison, IN 47250
Ph. 812.265.8921
Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1882*
1811*
1882*
1811
1811
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Description

The county was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, principal draftsman of the Northwest Ordinance and the third president of the United States from 1801 through 1809. It's county seat is Madison and was founded 1811.[3] It is located in the Southeast area of the state.[4]

Neighboring Counties

Switzerland  • Ripley  • Jennings  • Scott  • Clark  • Carroll  • Trimble

Jefferson CountyClark CountyWashington CountyJackson CountyBartholomew CountyDecatur CountyJennings CountyRipley CountyDearborn CountySwitzerland CountyGrant CountyTrimble CountyKenton CountyBoone CountyOwen CountyOldham CountyGallatin CountyHenry CountyShelby CountyCarroll CountyFranklin CountyScott CountyScott CountyOhio CountyINJefferson.JPG


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

Jefferson County, Indiana Courthouse Damaged by Fire (20 May 2009)

Flames destroyed parts of the 154-year-old Jefferson County Courthouse today. Decades of history may have been lost. Local preservation experts have retrieved deeds and some other vital documents. Many of them will have to be frozen before they can be restored. However, there are some that were irreparably damaged in the fire.

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

Census Records

For tips on accessing Jefferson 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.


United Church of Christ

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 Jefferson County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:


Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

Histories

Local Histories
  • Biographical and Historical Souvenir for the Counties of Clark, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Jefferson, Jennings, Scott and Washington, Indiana. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, 1972.) FHL US/CAN Film 934899 Item 4 FHL Collection other libraries INTERNET ARCHIVE

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


Maps

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Jefferson 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 Jefferson County.

Civil War books and articles

  • Garber, Michael C., Jr., "Reminiscences of the Burning of Columbia, South Carolina" ,( Indiana Magazine of History 11, no. 4 (December 1915): 285-300.) 1865, Jefferson County (Madison)

Abstract and Bibliographic Information article PDF

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

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 county courthouse.


Online Records


Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

School Records

Repositories

Courthouse
Jefferson County Indiana Courthouse.jpg
Jefferson County Courthouse
300 E Main St #203
Madison, IN 47250
Phone 812-265-8921
County Health Dept has b, d and bur rec; County Clerk has m, div, pro and court rec; County Recorder has land rec
Archives
Libraries
Museums
Societies
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 Jefferson County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

  • Indiana State Digital Achives for Death, E-Publication, Institution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)
Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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


Places

Websites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Jefferson County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/jefferson/ accessed 3/29/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_County,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igiindianah.pdf.