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

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Orange County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded December 26, 1815
County Seat Paoli
Courthouse
Address Orange County Courthouse
Court St.
Paoli, IN 47454
Phone: 812.723.2649
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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1816 1882 1816 1816 1816 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named after a county of North Carolina, in which many of the early settlers had previously resided. The County Seat is Paoli and was founded 1816.[4] It is located in the South Central area of the state.[5]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Martin  • Lawrence  • Washington  • Crawford  • Dubois

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.


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


Finding More Church Records[edit source]

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


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • History of Washington County Indiana: A Re-Production of the Original "History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties" 1884. (Salem, Ind: Washington County Historical Society, 1999.) 977.226 H2Lc FHL FHL Collectionother libraries     INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • Historical Articles of Orange County - INGenWeb

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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[edit source]

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

Lawrence CountyWashington CountyCrawford CountyDubois CountyMartin CountyIN ORANGE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Orange 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 Orange County.

Civil War Books

  • "Military History Of Orange County" Chapter 7 in History of Washington County Indiana: A Re-Production of the Original "History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties" 1884. (Salem, Ind: Washington County Historical Society, 1999.), (page 508-529, Regiment, Companies),977.226 H2Lc FHL FHL Collectionother libraries     INTERNET ARCHIVE

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit source]

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Orange County Courthouse
Court St;
Paoli, IN 47454
Phone: 812.723.2649

County Health Department has birth records from 1882, death and burial records. County Clerk has marriage, divorce,probate and court records from from 1816. County Recorder has land records from 1816.[6]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the family history center directory.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Orange County Genealogical Society
PO Box 344
Paoli, IN 47454

Orange County Historical Society
PO Box 454
Paoli, IN 47454-0454
E-mail: info@historicorangecounty.org
Website

French Lick West Baden Museum
PO Box 250
469 S. Maple Street
Suite 103
French Lick, IN 47432
Telephone Number:812-936-3592
E-mail: flwbmuseum@gmail.com

West Baden Historical Society
PO Box 284
West Baden Springs, IN 47469-0284
Telephone Number: 812-936-4875

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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 Orange County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Indiana law in 1882 required registration of births and deaths in counties. The Indiana Department of Health has birth records filed after October 1907 and death records filed after January 1900 for deaths. Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records. See also How to order Indiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage licenses were required by counties beginning in 1800. Original marriage records are held at the office of the Orange County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Orange County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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


Websites[edit | edit source]

Places[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange 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, "Orange County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Orange County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/orange/ 3/30/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Orange County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_County,_Indiana 3/30/2017.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, Indiana 215 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

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