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


Vanderburgh County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 7, 1818
County Seat Evansville
Address Vanderburgh County Courthouse
Circle Center Courts Bldg Rm 216
PO Box 216
Evansville, IN 47732
Phone: 812.435.5160
County Website
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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 1916 1882 1877 1818 1850 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Capt. Henry Vanderburgh (1760 - 1812), a Revolutionary War veteran and the judge for the Indiana Territory. The county seat is Evansville and the county was organized on 1 Feb 1818.[4] The County is located in the Southwest 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]

Warrick  • Gibson  • Posey  • Henderson (KY)

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]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

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

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.

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]

Assumption Parish, Evansville

Holy Trinity Parish, Evansville

St. Boniface Parish, Evansville

Church of Christ[edit | edit source]

St. Lucas United Church of Christ, Evansville

St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Evansville

St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Evansville

Salem United Church of Christ, Evansville

Zoar United Church of Christ, Evansville

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit | edit source]

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Evansville
Methodist[edit | edit source]

Bethlehem Methodist Episcopal Church, Evansville

Salem United Methodist Church, Evansville

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 Vanderburgh 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]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

Maps[edit | edit source]

Gibson CountyWarrick CountyPosey CountyHenderson CountyIN VANDERBBURGH.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Vanderburgh 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 Vanderburgh County.

Civil War Books

  • "Military History" Chapter 18, and "Military Orders" Chapter 21 in Elliott, Joseph P. A History of Evansville and Vanderburgh County, Indiana. 1897. Evansville, Ind. : Keller Printing Co. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Google Books; Other Libraries.
  • "The Great Civil War" in "Military History" Chapter 21 of Gilbert, Frank M. History of the City of Evansville and Vanderburg County, Indiana. 1910. Chicago : Pioneer Pub. Company. (Pages 282-310, Regiment, Companies). Online at: Vol. 1: FamilySearch Digital Library; Vol.1: Internet Archive; Other Libraries.
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • Evansville Argus - African-American newspaper published from June 25, 1938 to October 22, 1943. The Editor and founder of the Evansville Argus Publishing Company was J. Wendell Holder. The David Rice Library at the University of Evansville has digital issues of (almost) the full run available freely online.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Occupations[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 county courthouse.

Online Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]
Voting Registrations[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Vanderburgh County Courthouse
Circle Center Courts Bldg Rm 216
PO Box 216
Evansville, IN 47732
Phone: 812.435.5160

County Clerk has marriage records from 1916, divorce records from 1969, probate records from 1850 and court records from 1877. County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882. County Recorder has land records from 1818 and military records from 1865. Willard Library has many of the older records. [8]

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Willard Library
21 First Avenue
Evansville, IN 47710
Phone: 812-425-4309
It has extensive family history collections for the area.

Evansville Public Library
200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Evansville, IN 47713
Phone: 812-428-8200

Societies[edit | edit source]

Vanderburgh County Historical Society
PO Box 2626
Evansville, IN 47728-0626
Telephone Number: 812-476-4529

Tri-State Genealogical Society
c/o Willard Library
21 First Ave.
Evansville, IN 47710
Telephone Number: 812-425-4309

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 Vanderburgh 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 Vanderburgh County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Vanderburgh County, Indiana Genealogy 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 Vanderburgh 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), Vanderburgh 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, "Vanderburgh County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Vanderburgh County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/04/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Vanderburgh County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 04/04/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Vanderburgh County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 13 January 2020.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 7.17 7.18 7.19 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Vandeburgh County, Indiana 217 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.