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

Gibson County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded March 9, 1813
County Seat Princeton
Address Gibson County Courthouse
101 N Main Street
Princeton, IN 47670
Phone: 812.386.8401
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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 1813 1880 1820 1836 1820 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed March 9, 1813 from Knox[2]
  • County Seat: Princeton[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for John Gibson. Its county seat is Princeton and was founded April 1, 1813. It is located in the Southwest area of the state.[4]

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Knox  • Pike  • Warrick  • Vanderburgh  • Posey  • White  • Wabash

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]

1935 Gibson County courthouse was destroyed by fire, but no records were harmed.

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
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

  • Partial Census for Gibson County - INGenWeb

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.

Catholic[edit | edit source]

St. Bernard Catholic Parish

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 Gibson 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]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

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.

  • Index to Documents Proving Land Titles for Gibson County - INGenWeb

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

Maps[edit | edit source]

Edwards CountyWabash CountyWhite CountyKnox CountyPike CountyPosey CountyVanderburgh CountyWarrick CountyIN GIBSON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Gibson 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 Gibson County

Civil War Books

  • "The War For The Union" in "Patrictish" Chapter 11 of Jas. T. Tartt & Co. 1978. History of Gibson County, Indiana: with illustrations descriptive of its scenery, and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic.) Pages 104-135. Regiment, Companies, Names. 977.235 H2ga FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; Other Libraries
  • "Civil War" in "Military History of Gibson County" Chapter 15 of Stormont, Gil R. 2008. History of Gibson County, Indiana: her people, industries and institutions, with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families.(Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen). Pages 209-223. Regiment, Companies. FHL US/CAN Film 934905 Item 1 FHL Collection; Internet Archive; Other Libraries
  • Gibson County in the civil war; an address by Col. Gil. R. Stormont, at the dedication of the Gibson County soldiers monument at Princeton, Indiana, on Nov. 12, 1913 [i.e. 1912] History of other monuments in Gibson County. Internet Archive; Other Libraries
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918[edit | edit source]
World War II, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[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 Gibson County courthouse. Online Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Gibson 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]

Gibson County Courthouse
101 N Main Street
Princeton, IN 47670
Phone: 812.386.8401

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage records from 1813, divorce, probate and court records from 1820.[7]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
  • Princeton Public Library
    124 S. Hart Street
    Princeton, IN 47670
    Phone: 812-385-4464
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Gibson County Historical Society
    PO Box 516
    Princeton, IN 47670
    Phone: 812-385-5834
  • Haubstadt Area Historical Society
    PO Box 161
    Haubstadt, IN 47639
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.

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 Gibson County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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 Gibson County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gibson 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, "Gibson County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Gibson County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Gibson County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 09 December 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gibson County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.