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

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Wabash County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 2, 1832
County Seat Wabash
Courthouse
Address Wabash County Courthouse
1 W Hill Street
Wabash, IN 46992
Phone: 219.563.0661
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
1899 1835 1899 1835 1835 1835 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Adams New Purchase (Allen/Delaware/Randolph) in 2 February 1832 from Cass and Grant Counties.
    [2]
  • County Seat: Wabash [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the Wabash River. The county seat is Wabash and the county was organized on 1835. The County is located in the North Central part of the state.[4]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Fulton  • Kosciusko  • Whitley  • Huntington  • Grant  • Miami

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]

April 1870 Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. Records saved: treasurer’s, auditor’s, recorder’s and clerk’s records.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


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
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Wabash 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 Wabash 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]
  • Helm, Thomas B., L. H. Newton, and E. Tucker.History of Wabash County, Indiana: Containing a History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Military Records; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; Personal Reminiscences. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, 1971.) 977.283 H2h FHL Collection, BYU Library FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Weesner, Clarkson W. History of Wabash County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests. (Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co, 2008.) 977.283 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection, Other Libraries, Vol. 1 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.


  • Miami Indians who Received Land on Miami Reservation, Grant and Wabash Counties, Indiana (1873) (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

Fulton CountyKosciusko CountyWhitley CountyHuntington CountyGrant CountyMiami CountyIN WABASH.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 Wabash 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 Wabash County.

Civil War Books

  • Thomas B. Helm, History of Wabash County, (Chicago : J. Morris, 1884.), Page 165-196, history of Civil War Companies From Wabash County, Indiana 977.283 H2h FamilySearch Digital Library; FHL Collection
  • "Indiana in the Civil War" in "Military Matters" Chapter 16 of Weesner, Clarkson W. History of Wabash County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests. (Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co, 2008.), (page 261-286, Regiment, Company), 977.283 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection, Other Libraries, Vol. 1 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]

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wabash County Courthouse
1 W Hill Street
Wabash, IN 46992
Phone: 219.563.0661

County Clerk has marriage, probate and court records from 1835. County Health Department has birth and death records. County Recorder and Museum has burial records. [5]

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]

Wabash County Genealogical Society
PO Box 825
Wabash, IN 46992
Website

Wabash County Historical Society
PO Box 4
Wabash, IN 46992-0004

Wabash Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 9347
Terre Haute, IN 47808-9347
Telephone Number: 812-894-2404
Website

Wabash Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 85
Terre Haute, IN 47808

North Manchester Historical Society
122 E Main Street
North Manchester, IN 46962
Telephone Number: 260-982-0672
E-mail: nmhistory@cinergymetro.net
Website

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 Wabash 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 Wabash County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Wabash 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 Wabash 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), Wabash 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, "Wabash County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Wabash County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_County,_Indiana accessed 04/04/2017.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wabash County, Indiana 217 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.