Posey County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Mt. Vernon
Organized: September 7, 1814
Parent County(s): Warrick, Knox, Gibson[1]
Neighboring Counties
Vanderburgh  • Gibson  • White (IL)  • Gallatin (IL)  • Union (KY)  • Henderson (KY)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Posey County was named for General Thomas Posey. It is located in the southwestern tip of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Posey County Courthouse
PO Box 606;
Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
Phone: 812-838-1306
County Website

Posey County Health Department
100 Vista Dr.
Mount Vernon, IN, 47620
Health Officer: Kyle Rapp, MD
Phone Number: 812-838-1328
Fax: 812-838-8561
Email: kristina.carter@poseycountygov.org / martha.breeze@poseycountygov.org
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1815.
County health department Dept has birth and divorce records from 1882.
County Recorder has land records from 1815 and some military discharge records. [3]
Health Department has birth records and death records.Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Posey County, Indiana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1815 1882 1815 1815 1815 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Historic communities

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Posey County, Indiana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 4,061
1830 6,549 61.3%
1840 9,683 47.9%
1850 12,549 29.6%
1860 16,167 28.8%
1870 19,185 18.7%
1880 20,857 8.7%
1890 21,529 3.2%
1900 22,333 3.7%
1910 21,670 −3.0%
1920 19,334 −10.8%
1930 17,853 −7.7%
1940 19,183 7.4%
1950 19,818 3.3%
1960 19,214 −3.0%
1970 21,740 13.1%
1980 26,414 21.5%
1990 25,968 −1.7%
2000 27,061 4.2%
2010 25,910 −4.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


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.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Circuit Court historical records of Posey County in the State Archives. This online searchable database indexes cases for the years 1815-1841.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[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. See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the Posey County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Posey County. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. For more information about local histories, see Indiana Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Gibson CountyVanderburgh CountyWhite CountyGallatin CountyUnion CountyHenderson CountyIN POSEY.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Posey 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 Posey County.

Civil War Books:

  • Military History Chapter 6 in Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1974. History of Posey County, 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. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archive

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Indiana newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[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 Posey County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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.

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Posey County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Evansville Indiana Family History Center
8020 E Covert Ave
Evansville IN 47715

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Posey County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

  • Alexandrian Public Library
    Indiana Room
    115 W. 5th St.
    Mt. Vernon, IN 47620
    Phone 812-838-3286

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Posey County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Societies.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Posey County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posey_County,_Indiana 3/30/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Posey County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posey_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Posey County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posey_County,_Indiana, accessed 01 January 2020.