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

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St. Joseph County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1830
County Seat South bend
Address St. Joseph County Courthouse
101 S Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601
Phone: 219.235.9635
County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

  • Parent Counties: Formed 9 January 1830 from Cass County.
  • County Seat: South Bend [2]

Neighboring Counties

La Porte  • Starke  • Marshall  • Elkhart  • Berrien  • Cass

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Boundary Changes

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

For a list of record loss in Indiana Counties see: Indiana Counties with Burned Courthouses

St Joseph County, Indiana Resources

Bible Records


Business Records


Census Records

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

  • Index to Defective, Dependent & Delinquent Census for St. Joseph County, Indiana (1880) (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)

Church Records

To find more church records try a search in Family Search's Catalog. Enter place: Indiana, St. Joseph. When a list comes up there are several church sources. By putting a comma after St. Joseph, in the place name, a drop down list of each township or subject will appear. Click on the township or subject for links to more 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.

Christian Church

Christian Church, Walkerton

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • South Bend

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

Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and religious Groups




Local Histories

Land and Property

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

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



Military Records

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War service men from St, Joseph 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 St. Joseph County.

Civil War Books

  • "Military History" Chapter 14 in O'Connor, Cathy L., and Timothy Edward Howard. Every Name Index to A History of St. Joseph County, Indiana, Volumes One & Two, by Timothy Edward Howard, 1907. (Edwardsburg, Mich: Cathy L. O'Connor, 2007), (page 715-757, Regiment, Company, Name's; The Roll of Honor, page 731-735;Roster of G.A.R., page 736-742)977.289 H2h FHL US/CAN BookFHL Collectionother libaries vol.1 Vol.2Family History ArchivesINTERNET ARCHIVE  Google books

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship


Obituaries from the South Bend Tribune: 1913-present: Courtesy of the St. Joseph County Public Library


Obituaries from the Wakarusa Tribune 1800's to Present Courtesy of the Wakarusa Public Library

Obituaries from The Bremen Enquirer 1884 to 2007 Courtesy of the Bremen Public Library



Probate Records

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.

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public records

School Records

Voting Registration


See also a List of Indiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

County Courthouse
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 St. Joseph County Courthouse
101 S Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601
Phone: 219.235.9635

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.
County Assessor has land records. [4]
Family History Centers

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FamilySearch Center for St. Joseph County, Indiana Genealogy is the

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the Family History Center directory.


St. Joseph County Public Library

304 S. Main

South Bend, IN  46601


M-Th  10am - 8pm

Fri-Sa  10am - 6pm

Closed Sunday

For help with genealogical queries, contact:

Local & Family History Services: local.history@sjcpl.org


School Records


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 St. Joseph County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

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 St. Joseph County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the St. Joseph County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

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

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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

St. Joseph County, Indiana Web Sites



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "St. Joseph County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Joseph _County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igiindianah.pdf.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), St Joseph County, Indiana 216 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.