Pike County, Indiana Genealogy

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Guide to Pike County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Pike County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded December 21, 1816
County Seat Petersburg
Address Pike County Courthouse
801 Main Street
Petersburg, IN 47567
Phone: 812.354.6025
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Historical Facts

Populated Places


• Petersburg
• Spurgeon
• Winslow

• Otwell
• Stendaz
• Velpen

• Clay
• Jefferson
• Lockhart
• Logan
• Madison
• Marion
• Monroe
• Patoka
• Washington

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

For a map of the 17 Southwest Indiana Counties, Click here, then select the Southwest Region from the Regional Township Maps dropdown box

Parent Counties

Gibson and Perry Counties.

Record Loss

Pike County, Indiana Resources

The Pike County GenWeb site hosts numerous data bases; and a search engine that searches everything on the site except census and query boards. Click here to access this site.

Bible Records


Business Records


There are 166 known cemeteries in Pike County. Click here for a listing of known burials in cemeteries by township. Click on the township in which the cemetery is located for a list of all of the cemeteries in the township, and then click on the cemetery name to see a list of names (alphabetized) and dates of people known to be buried in the cemetery.

The data can also be accessed by clicking here to access the Pike GenWeb main page, typing the name of the individual you are seeking in the search engine box and clicking on Find. [note, this will return links to all pages that contain the name you entered into the search box. You must search through the list to find a cemetery reference, if it exists.]

Maps of 53 of the cemetery location are available; click here. You can also show its relative proximity to communities, libraries, and other cemeteries by clicking of the "Liasrws places near" above the map. Clicking on and individual pin will initiate a pop-up with the distance from the central (initial cemetery) location.

National Cemeteries in Indiana
There are 4 National Cemeteries in Indiana. Click here for links to these.

Census Records

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

Church Records

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.

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




1816--Pike County was created 21 December 1816  and named for Gen Zebulon M. Pike County seat: Petersburg [1]

Local Histories
  • Anderson, Forrest R. 1942.Historical notes on Dubois & Pike Counties, Indiana. (Ireland, Ind: [s.n.].) FHL US/CAN Film 928078 Item 3 FHL Collectionother librariesFamilySearch Books Onlineancestry.com$
  • McClellan, Ruth Miley. Pike County History: Bicentennial Edition 1776-1976. Petersburg, Ind: Pike County Historical Society; Evansville, Ind: Printed by Unigraphic, Inc., 1976.
  • McClellan, Ruth Miley. Our people of Pike County, Indiana. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, 1878. 268 pages +16 p Index. LOC: F532.P6 M32, Dewey Decimal: 977.2/36 (biographies)
  • Petersburg Womans Club. A History of Pike County, Ind. Petersburg, IN:typescript, 80 leaves. Copy at Barrett Memorial Library, Petersburg, Indiana. Microfilm at FHL
  • Pike County Historical Society. Pike County, Indiana History and Families, 1816-1987. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Pub. Co., c1987, 236 p. FHL
  • History of Pike and Dubois counties, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc. : together with an extended history of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory, and the state of Indiana. 2000. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press. Harvard (18th ed.)) 977.23 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collectionother library   INTERNET ARCHIVE

Land and Property


Military Records

War of 1812
Civil War

Civil War service men from Pike 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 Pike County.

Civil War Books
  • "Military History" Chapter 5 in History of Pike and Dubois counties, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc.: together with an extended history of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory, and the state of Indiana. 2000. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press. Harvard (18th ed.)) (page 317-324), 977.23 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other libraryINTERNET ARCHIVE
World War I
World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship





Public Records

Probate Records


County Courthouse

Pike County Courthouse
801 Main Street
Petersburg, IN 47567
Phone: 812.354.6025

County Clerk has marriage, divorce and court records from 1817
and probate records from early 1800’s.
County health Department has birth and death records.
County Recorder has land records. [2]

Family History Centers

CountyPublic Library
There are three branches of the Pike County Library. The genealogy department is in the Petersburg branch, aka Bartlet Memorial Library, which is located at:
1104 Main Street
Petersburg, IN 47567
Ph 812-354-6257, ex 206
Fax 812-354-6259

Unique Features of the Genealogy Collection

  • Curl Collection

Families of Pike County Indiana, an unpublished collection of interviews by a Mrs. Curl with people in the community about their families. Available only on library computers no children given to Mrs Alexander 1900
shirley Sbehme@pikeco.lib.in.us

• Newspaper Index
to family history information in 4 local newspapers 1874-1940?
(the newspapers are on microfilm)
- Pike County Democrat
- Petersburg Press
- Otwell Star
- Press Dispatch

School Records


Vital Records

Beginning Dates for Pike County Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

Original Records are in the county courthouse, in the following offices:

Pike County Records Offices

Birth Death

Health Office

Marriage Probate

Clerks Office
812-354-6369 fax:
PO Box 125 (mailing address)
Recorders Office
812-354-2532, fax
Birth Records

Extracted birth data are on Pike GenWeb, Births

  • Indiana State Digital Archives for Death, E-Publication, Institution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)
Marriage Records
Death Records

Voter Registration

Pike County, Indiana Web Sites

Overview of Pike County from Wikipedia, Chamber of Commerce, and ebodunk

Pike County, Indiana References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pike County, Indiana 215 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.