Wayne County, Indiana Genealogy

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

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Wayne County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded November 27, 1810
County Seat Richmond
Address Wayne County Courthouse
301 E Main
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: 765.973.9220
County Website
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Historical Facts

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The county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796).

Parent County

1810--Wayne County was created 27 November 1810from ClarkandDearborn Counties.
County seat:Richmond [1]

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss

Wayne County, Indiana Resources

Bible Records

Business Records


Census Records

For tips on accessing Wayne 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.

  • Records of St. John Lutheran Church, Richmond, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups



Land and Property


Local Histories
  • History of Wayne County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens. History of Indiana and the Northwest Territory: Embracing Accounts of the Pre-Historic Races, Aborigines, Winnebago and Black Hawk Wars, and a Brief Review of Its Civil, Political and Military History. (La Crosse WI: Brookhaven Press, 2004.) vol. 1 Google booksvol.2Google booksFamilySearch Books Online


  • Biographies, Oral Histories, Diaries, Memoirs, Genealogies, CorrespondenceLinkpendium
  • Biographical and Genealogical History of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties, Indiana. (Indianapolis, Ind: Frederic Luther Co, 1980).977.26 H2b V. 1 and 977.26 H2b v. 2 FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collectionother libraries vol. 1 INTERNET ARCHIVE



Military Records

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War service men from Wayne 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 Wayne County.

Civil War Books

  • "War History" in Young, Andrew W. (Andrew White), 1802-1877. History of Wayne County, Indiana, from Its First Settlement to the Present Time: with Numerous Biographical and Family Sketches. 2007, (126-137 no Regiment or Companies)977.263 H2y FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collectionother librariesFamilySearch Books Online
  • "Military Matters" Chapter 14 in Fox, Henry Clay. Memoirs of Wayne County and the City of Richmond, Indiana: From the Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present, Including a Genealogical and Biographical Record of Representative Families in Wayne County. (La Crosse WI: Brookhaven Press, 2004.), (page 215-230, no Regiment or Companies) FHL Collection vol.1 FamilySearch Books Online Hathi Trustvol.2 FamilySearch Books Online

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship





Probate Records

Public Records


County Courthouse

Wayne County Courthouse
301 E Main
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: 765.973.9220

County Clerk has marriage records from 1810,
divorce and court records from 1873
and probate records from 1818.
City-County Health Officer has birth, death and burial records. [2]

Family History Centers

School Records


Vital Records

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

Voter Registration

Wayne County, Indiana Web Sites


  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), Wayne County, Indiana 217 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.