Monroe County, Indiana Genealogy

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Monroe County, Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 14, 1818
County Seat Bloomington
Address Monroe County Courthouse
100 W 5th St; PO Box 547
Bloomington, IN 47402-0547
Phone: 812.349.2600
Monroe County Website

County Courthouse

Monroe County Courthouse
100 W 5th St; PO Box 547
Bloomington, IN 47402-0547
Phone: 812.349.2600

County clerk has marriage, divorce and
court records from 1818,
probate records from 1831.
County Health Departmenthas birth,
death and burial records from 1882.
County Recorder has land records. [1]

As of a date earlier than August 2012, many of the offices and the records related to the offices in the courthouse are temporarily housed in the Showers Building while the courthouse is under construction.The Clerk's Office is permanently located in the Justice Building at Seventh and College.


Parent County

1818--Monroe County Indiana was created 14 January 1818 from Orange County.
County seat: Bloomington [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Census Records

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

Church Records

Court Records

Land and Property

Local Histories

  • History of Monroe County - Linkpendium
  • Monroe County History - USGenWeb
  • Monroe County, Indiana, Family Heritage Book, published by the Monroe County Historical Society in 1987.Contains an every-name index.
  • Monroe County, Indiana, Family Heritage Book, published by the Monroe County History Center in 2007.Contains an every-name index. Material does not overlap with the book by the same name published in 1987.


Military Records

War of 1812

Hopkins, T. M. Reminiscences of Col. John Ketcham of Monroe County, Indiana(Salt Lake City, Utah 1989) pages 23

  1. Gold Star Honor Roll A Record of Indiana Men and Women who Died in World War I - 1914-1918 (Source: Genealogy Trails History Group)
  2. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Monroe County (Source: Explore ($)
  • World War II
  1. Monroe County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: AccessGenealogy)

Civil War

Civil War service men from Monroe 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 Monroe County.

Civil War Books

  • "Military History" in Blanchard, Charles. Counties of Morgan, Monroe, and Brown, Indiana. Historical and Biographical. (Chicago: F.A. Battey Co, 1884.) page 413-451, 977.2 H2b FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other library INTERNET ARCHIVE


The Genealogy Library at Monroe County History Center at Sixth and Washington in Bloomington has a clipping file containing more than 73,000 clippings from newspapers mostly between 1880 and 1930.These clippings are not available online and overlap only minimally with the clippings archived at Rootsweb.

Many thousands of newspaper clippings, some as early as 1824, are also available in the INMONROE Rootsweb list archive. To search the archive, go to the heading Mailing List, select Archives Search.Choose the Advanced tab.Enter INMONROE in the query box for list name.

The Monroe County Public Library at Bloomington has an extensive obituary index available online.It dates from 1824 through the current month.It can be found by clicking on "Obituary Index" within the box on the left labeled INDIANA ROOM at Most of the obits come from a single newspaper.Consequently, if the obit you seek is not found in the index, try one of the other newspapers from the same date.

Probate Records


Vital Records

Birth Records

Marriage Records

Death Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Monroe County, Indiana 215 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).