Elkhart County, Indiana
Genealogy, History & Facts
Elkhart County, Indiana Facts
When was Elkhart County, IN Created?
Elkhart County was established on April 1, 1830 from Unorganized Land. This county was named for Disputed, but possibly the Elkhart Native American people .
What counties are adjacent to Elkhart County, IN?
Bordering Counties are St. Joseph County, Michigan, LaGrange County, Noble County, Kosciusko County, Marshall County, St. Joseph County, Cass County, Michigan.
What cities and towns are in Elkhart County, IN?
Cities and towns located in the County include Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Bristol, Dunlap, Middlebury, Millersburg, New Paris, Simonton Lake, Wakarusa.
What Townships are in Elkhart County, IN?
Townships located in the County include Baugo, Benton, Cleveland, Clinton, Concord, Elkhart, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Locke, Middlebury, Olive, Osolo, Union, Washington, York.
Elkhart County, IN Vital Records
Where can find Elkhart County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Elkhart County vital records can be found at the Indiana Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Indiana for current fees and application process.
You can search online for Elkhart County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Indiana Birth Certificate or Death Certificate Applications to mail.
Vital Records can also be found in the Elkhart County Department of Health, 608 Oakland Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516-2116 ; Phone: 574-523-2283 ; maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records. They have Birth & Death Records from 1882.
- Elkhart County, Indiana Index to Birth Records, 1882-1920
- Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana Index to Death Records, 1882-1920
- Nappanee, Elkhart County, Indiana Index to Birth Records, 1907-1920
- U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- Social Security Death Index
- USGenweb Archives Indiana Marriage Project
- Indiana, Births and Christenings, 1773-1933
- Indiana Births, 1880-1920
- Indiana Marriage Records, Various Sources 1919 – 2001
- Indiana Marriages to 1850
- Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850
- Genealogy Database: Marriages: 1993-2004
- Indiana, Marriages, 1780-1992
- Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941
- Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959
- Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892
- Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920
- Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920
Elkhart County, IN Census Records
What Elkhart County, IN census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Adams County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Elkhart Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Elkhart Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Elkhart Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Indiana Census Records Research Guide
Elkhart County, IN Courthouse and Government Records
What genealogical records can I find in the Elkhart County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Elkhart County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Indiana Corthouse Records Research Guide.
- Elkhart County Clerk responsiblities include administering Court Records of all Court Cases, prepares the Court’s permanent historical record, performs marriage ceremonies, process marriage applications and issue marriage licenses, processes and distributes documents for court cases, and keeps a record of all wills and matters of trust in probate proceedings. The County Clerk’s Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
- Address: 101 N. Main Street, Room 204, Goshen, IN 46526
- Phone: Phone: 574-535-6431
- Marriage Records: 1830
- Probate Records: 1830
- Court Records: 1830
- Elkhart County Recorder maintains, preserves and Records Deeds, Mortgages, Assignments, Releases, Powers of Attorney, Real Estate Contracts, Annexations, Trustee Elections, Affidavits, Final Decrees, Surveys, Federal Tax Liens, Mechanics Liens, Military Discharges, Articles of Incorporation, Cemetery Deeds, Bonds, Plats, Condominiums, Firms Doing Business Under Assumed Names, Delinquent Sewer Liens, and Miscellaneous Instruments.
- Address: 117 North 2nd St., Room 205, P.O. Box 837, Goshen, IN 46527-0837
- Phone: (574)535-6756
- Land Records: 1831
- Elkhart County Treasurer’s Office is responsible for collecting taxes. The treasurer also receives distributions of local income and other taxes that are collected by the state such as real estate tax, personal property tax, mobile home tax, state assessed tax, and the following miscellaneous taxes: auto excise tax, inheritance tax, and innkeeper’s tax.
- BLM Land Records
Elkhart County, IN Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Elkhart County, IN?
A list of Elkhart County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Indiana Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Elkhart County Historian, Marcia Brenneman, 64951 Orchard Drive, Goshen, IN 46526-9117; Home Phone: (574) 533-2755
- Elkhart Genealogical Society, PO Box 1031, Elkhart, IN 46515-1031
- Elkhart Historical Society Inc., P.O Box 434, Bristol, IN 46507; (574) 848-4322
- Goshen Historical Museum, 124 S. Main St., Goshen, IN 46526-3702; Phone: (574) 975-0033
- Middlebury Community Historical Museum, P.O. Box 270, Middlebury, IN 46540-0270; Phone: (574) 825-4947
- Nappanee Public Library – Evelyn Lehman Culp Heritage Center, 157 N. Main St., Nappanee, IN 46550-1956; Phone: (219) 773-7919
- New Paris Historical Society, P.O. Box 101, New Paris, IN 46553-0101
- Wakarusa Historical Society and Museum, 403 Wabash Ave., Wakarusa, IN 46573
- Indiana State Archives, 6440 E. 30th St., Indianapolis, IN 46219; (317) 591-5222
- Indiana State Library, 140 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2296
- Indiana Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 10507, Fort Wayne IN 46852
- Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St, Indianapolis,IN 46202
Where can I connect with other Elkhart County, IN Researchers through message boards and forums?
- Indiana Genealogy Network Community (plus.google.com)
- Indiana State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Elkhart County, Indiana Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Elkhart County
- Elkhart County, Indiana Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
What other genealogical resources are available in Elkhart County, IN?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Elkhart County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.