Martin County, Indiana Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Martin County Courthouse
Capitol Street
PO Box 120
Shoals, IN 47581-0170
Phone: 812.247.3651

County Health Department has birth and death records;
County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1820,
divorce and court records from 1842;
County Recorder has land records[1]


Parent County

1820--Martin County was created 17 January 1820 from Daviess and Dubois Counties.
County seat: Shoals [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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




Local Histories

  • Living Leaders, an Encyclopedia of Biography: Special Edition for Daviess and Martin Counties, Indiana. ([New York?]: American Pub. Co, 1897.)  other libraries   INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • Portrait and Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke and Fountain Counties, Indiana Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Together with Biographies and Portraits of All the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Bros, 1893.)  other libraries   INTERNET ARCHIVE



Civil War

Civil War service men from Martin 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 Martin County.




Vital Records

  • Martin County Genealogical Society (Ind.). Martin County, Indiana Will Book "C.". Shoals, Ind.?:  (Martin County Genealogical Society?, 2000.)  other libraries   INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • Indiana State Digital Achives for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Martin County, Indiana 214 {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).