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

Decatur County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded 1821,
County Seat December
Address Decatur County Courthouse
150 Courthouse Square Suite 5
Greensburg, In 47240
Phone: 812-663-8223
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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1822 1882 1822 1822 1822 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed in 1821 from unorganized territory. [2]
  • County Seat: Greensburg [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr., naval officer in the First and Second Barbary Wars, and in the War of 1812. Decatur was mortally wounded in a duel in 1820. The county seat is Greensburg and the county was organized in 1822.[4] The County is located in the South-east part of the state.[5]

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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Rush  • Franklin  • Ripley  • Jennings  • Bartholomew  • Shelby

The county is named after U.S. naval officer Stephen Decatur (1779-1820).[7]

Stephen Decatur

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 website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
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 Decatur County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Index to Defective, Dependent & Delinquent Census for Decatur County, Indiana (1880) (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)

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 Decatur 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]

African American

  • African Methodist Episcopal Church (Greensburg, Indiana) (Added Author), Negro Cemetery (Clarksburg, Indiana) (Added Author), Decatur County (Indiana). Historian (Added Author), Black history, Decatur County, Indiana,'(Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987 ) FHL US/CAN Film 1531735 Item 18 {FHL|454999|item|disp=FHL Collection}}
  • Baldwin, Jane (Main Author), Baker, Ray Stannard, b. 1870 (Added Author), A history of the Negro in Decatur County, Indiana, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987) FHL US/CAN Film 1531732 Item 6 FHL Collection

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Decatur County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.

Online County Histories

For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana Local Histories.

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.

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

Maps[edit | edit source]

Shelby CountyRush CountyFranklin CountyRipley CountyJennings CountyBartholomew CountyIN DECATUR.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Decatur County, Indiana (Source:Internet Archive)
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Decatur 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 Decatur County.

Civil War Books

  • "Civil War," in "Military Record," Chapter 17 of Harding, Lewis A. 1915. History of Decatur County, Indiana its people, industries and institutions, with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families. (Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen.) (page 420-464, Regiment, Companies,  Name's) 977.216 H2h v. 1, 977.216 H2h v. 2 FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection   other library   Vol. 1 INTERNET ARCHIVE,  Vol.2 INTERNET ARCHIVE   eBooksRead

World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918[edit | edit source]
World War II, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]
  • Decatur County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: AccessGenealogy)            (above was copy from Linkpendium)

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Occupations[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 Decatur County courthouse. Online Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]
Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Decatur County Courthouse
150 Courthouse Square Suite 5
Greensburg, In 47240
Phone: 812-663-8223

County Clerk has marriage record from 1822,
divorce, probate and court records.
Board of Health has birth and death records. [8]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Historical Society of Decatur Inc.
PO Box 143
Greensburg, IN 47240
Telephone Number: 812-663-2832

Decatur County Historical Society
PO Box 163
Greensburg, IN 47240

Tri-Genealogical Society
23184 Pocket Road West
Batesville, IN 47006

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.

School Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit source]

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Decatur 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 {{{1}}} County Clerk with divorce records located with the {{{1}}} 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 Decatur 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), Decatur 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, "Decatur County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 2 August 2013).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Decatur County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/02/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Decatur County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 3/02/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Decatur County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 06 December 2019.
  7. "List of counties in Tennessee", Wikipedia.
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Decatur County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.