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

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Scott County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded January 12, 1820
County Seat Scottsburg
Courthouse
Address Scott County Courthouse
1 E McClain Ave
Scottsburg, IN 47170-1848
Phone: 812.752.8420
County Website
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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 1820 1882 1820 1819 1820 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.


  • County Seat: Scottsburg [3]


Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Gen. Charles Scott, who was Governor of Kentucky from 1808 to 1812. The county seat is Scottsburg and the county was organized in 1820.[4] The County is located in the South-Central part of the state.[5]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Jackson  • Jennings  • Jefferson  • Clark  • Washington

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]

Business Records[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
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Scott 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.


  • Some Churches of Scott County - InGenWeb

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 Scott 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]
  • Biographical and Historical Souvenir for the Counties of Clark, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Jefferson, Jennings, Scott and Washington, Indiana. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, 1972.) FHL US/CAN Film 934899 Item 4, FHL Collection, Other Libraries , Internet Archive

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 Scott County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Maps[edit | edit source]

Jackson CountyJennings CountyJefferson CountyClark CountyWashington CountyKentuckyIN SCOTT.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Scott 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 Scott County.

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]

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[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 Scott County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]
Voting Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Scott County Courthouse
1 E McClain Ave
Scottsburg, IN 47170-1848
Phone: 812.752.8420
County Health Department has birth and death records. Health Department has birth and death records. County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1820. County Recorder has land records. [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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Scott County Genealogical Society
1050 South Main Street
PO Box 23
Scottsburg, IN 47170-0023
Telephone Number: 812-752-3388
E-mail: SCGSI@c3bb.com
Website

Lexington Historical Society
PO Box 238
Lexington, IN 47138
Telephone Number: 812-889-2044
E-mail: LHS1986@live.com

Scott County Heritage Center and Museum
PO Box 122
Scottsburg, IN 47170-0122
Telephone Number: 812-752-1050
E-mail: contact@schcam.org
Website

Scott County Historical Society
PO Box 245
Scottsburg, IN 47170-0245
Telephone Number: 812-889-2044
E-mail: SCHS1929@gmail.com

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[edit source]

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Scott 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 Scott County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Scott 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 Scott 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), Scott 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, "Scott County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Scott County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/scott/ accessed 04/03/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Scott County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_County,_Indiana accessed 04/03/2017.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Scott County, Indiana 216 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.