Marion County, Indiana Genealogy

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County Courthouse


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The county is named after "The Swamp Fox" Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c1732-1795).[1]

Parent County

1821--Marion County was created 31 December 1821 from unorganized territory.
County seat: Indianapolis [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



  1. Vol. 21 page 73 - Old Battleground Cemetery
  2. Vol. 21 page 84 - Huffman Cemetery, Washington Township


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Dist
  • Indianapolis N.
  • Indianapolis S.


Funeral Homes


Local Histories

  • The People's Guide, a Business, Political and Religious Directory of Marion Co., Ind., Together with a Collection of Very Important Documents and Statistics Connected with Our Moral, Political and Scientific History. 1873.   other libraries    INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • United States. Names of Persons Enumerated in Marion County, Indiana, at the Fifth Census Eighteen Hundred and Thirty. (Indianapolis: E.J. Hecker, printer and publisher, 1908.) other libraries  Google books
  • Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana: Together with Biographies of Many Prominent Men of Other Portions of the State, Both Living and Dead. (Tucson, Arizona: Americana Unlimited, 1974.)  other libraries   Google books
  • Nowland, John H. B. Sketches of Prominent Citizens of 1876 : with a Few of the Pioneers of the City and County Who Have Passed Away. (1876.)    other libraries   INTERNET ARCHIVE



Civil War

Civil War service men from Marion 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 Marion County.




Vital Records

  • Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992  FamilySearch  (accessed 31 Mar 2011  note; name index) 
  • Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959  FamilySearch  (accessed 31 May 2011  note; at this time Marion County has not be done)
  • Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 ancestry com.  $ (accessed 31 May 2011   note; name index; year range = 1822-1836; 1861-1925)

Index to Marriage Record, Marion County was compiled by the Indiana Works Progress Administration in 1939. Vol. I = 1822-1855. Vol. II = 1856-1865. Vol. III = 1866-1870. Vol. IV = 1871-1875. Vol. V = 1876-1880. Vol. VI = 1881-1890. These volumes are available at the public library in Indianapolis and at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne.

Marion County, Indiana Early Marriages, 1822-1836 by Colleen Alice Ridlen, and Marriage Records, Marion County, Indiana, 1822-1843, compiled by the DAR are two additional indexes of the county's earliest marriages.

The Allen County Public Library has a 169-volume set of Marion County marriages for 1929 through June 1944 titled Marriage Records, Marion County, Indiana: Ministers' Returns for the Board of Health. An index to the 1929 and 1930 volumes of these records [1] also is available at ACPL.

A searchable database of Marion County Marriages, 1925-2006 is available at the Marion County Circuit Court's website.

Societies and Libraries 

| Williams Creek |

Web Sites


  1. "Francis Marion," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).