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Marion County, Indiana Genealogy

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


Marion County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded December 31, 1821
County Seat Indianpolis
Address Marion County Courthouse
200 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-327-4740
Marion County Website
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Historical FactsEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1822 1882 1822 1822 1822 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 31 December 1821 from the Delaware New Purchase [2]
  • County Seat: Indianapolis[3]


The county is named after "The Swamp Fox" Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c1732-1795).[4] The County Seat is Indianapolis and was founded 1822.[5] It is located in the Central area of the state.[6]

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Boone  • Hamilton  • Hancock  • Shelby  • Johnson  • Morgan  • Hendricks

Boundary ChangesEdit

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

Record LossEdit

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


Bible RecordsEdit


Business Records and CommerceEdit


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

Marion County Cemeteries - Society of Marion County)

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

Census RecordsEdit

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

Church RecordsEdit

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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsEdit

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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

aka Evangelical

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

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

Finding More Church RecordsEdit

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

Court RecordsEdit


Genealogical Society of Marion County holds several city directories in their library. ($) has Indianapolis City Directories 1857, 1861, 1864-1923 (3 yrs. missing) available online.

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit




Local HistoriesEdit

  • 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 librariesINTERNET 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 librariesGoogle 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.) otherlibraries Google books

Land and PropertyEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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


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Military RecordsEdit

Civil WarEdit

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.

World War IEdit
World War IIEdit

Naturalization RecordsEdit



Occupational RecordsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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

Public RecordsEdit

School RecordsEdit

Voter RegistrationEdit

Other RecordsEdit



County CourthouseEdit

Marion County Courthouse
200 E Washington
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-327-4740

CountyClerk has marriage and divorce records.
County Recorder has birth, death and land records.
Probate Court has probate records.[7]

Family History CentersEdit

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.



SocietiesEdit Genealogical Society of Marion County. Established in 1995 GSMC focuses on Marion County genealogical 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.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Marion County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital RecordsEdit

Birth RecordsEdit

Marriage RecordsEdit

  • 1800-1925 Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 Ancestry. ($) Name index; year range = 1822-1836, 1861-1925, for Marion County

Death RecordsEdit

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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




  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Marion 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, "Marion County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. "Francis Marion," Wikipedia.
  5. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Marion County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, 3/29/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Marion County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Marion County, Indiana 214 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.