Tipton County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Tipton
Organized: January 15, 1844
Parent County(s): Hamilton, Cass, Miami[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clinton  • Howard  • Grant  • Madison  • Hamilton
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Tipton County was named for General John Tipton, a distinguished citizen of the State.[2] The county is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Tipton County Courthouse
101 E Jefferson
Tipton, IN 46072
Phone: 765-675-2795
County Website

Tipton County Health Department
101 E Jefferson, 1st Floor
Tipton, IN 46072
Health Officer: Mary Compton, MD
Phone: 765-675-8741
Fax: 765-675-6952
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage records from 1844, divorce, probate, and court house records from 1850. [4]
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.

Tipton 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1844 1882 1850 1844 1850 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1857 The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1857, but most records of genealogical interest were saved.

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

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:[8]

Unincorporated 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 Tipton 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 Tipton County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 7,944
1840 8,017 0.9%
1850 6,944 −13.4%
1860 7,109 2.4%
1870 6,341 −10.8%
1880 7,673 21.0%
1890 7,006 −8.7%
1900 6,748 −3.7%
1910 6,260 −7.2%
1920 6,021 −3.8%
1930 5,880 −2.3%
1940 6,017 2.3%
1950 6,412 6.6%
1960 6,457 0.7%
1970 6,582 1.9%
1980 6,860 4.2%
1990 6,976 1.7%
2000 7,349 5.3%
2010 7,516 2.3%
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]

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 Tipton County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Tipton 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]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Tipton 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 Tipton County.

Civil War Database:

Civil War Book:

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 Tipton 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 Tipton 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

Fishers Indiana Family History Center
777 Sunblest Blvd
Fishers, IN 46038
Phone: Mark Fogg 515-979-9049 or Trudy Fogg 515-979-1535
Email: IN_Fishers@familyhistorymail.org

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Tipton County Public Library

Tipton Branch
127 E. Madison Street
Tipton, IN 46072
Phone: 765-675-8761
Email: tipton@tiptonpl.org
Windfall Branch
109 McClellan Street
PO Box 458
Windfall, IN 46076
Phone: 765-945-7655
Email: windfall@tiptonpl.org

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Tipton 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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Tipton County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/tipton/ accessed 04/04/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Tipton County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipton_County,_Indiana accessed 04/04/2017.
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Tipton County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipton_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Tipton County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipton_County,_Indiana, accessed 11 Jaunary 2020.