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Brown County, Indiana Facts

Brown County

When was Brown County, IN Created?
Brown County was established on February 4, 1836 from Bartholomew County, Jackson County and Monroe County. This county was named for General Jacob Brown, hero of the War of 1812.

What is the County Seat of Brown County, IN?
The County Seat is located in Nashville also, the county government website is www.browncounty-in.gov/ .

What counties are adjacent to Brown County, IN?
Bordering Counties are  Johnson County (northeast), Bartholomew County (east), Jackson County (south), Monroe County (west), Morgan County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Brown County, IN?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Nashville.

What Townships are in Brown County, IN?
Townships located in the County include  Hamblen, Jackson, Van Buren, Washington.


Brown County, IN Vital Records

Where can find Brown County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Brown 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 Brown 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 Brown County Department of Health, 201 Locust Lane, Nashville, Indiana 47448; Phone: 812-988-2255; maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records. They have Birth & Death Records from 1882.


Brown County, IN Census Records

What Brown 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 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Brown Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Brown Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Brown 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


Brown County, IN Courthouse and Government Records


Brown County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Brown County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Brown County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Indiana Corthouse Records Research Guide

  • Brown County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 20 East Main Street, Nashville, Indiana 47448
  • Brown 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.
    • Phone: 812-988-5510
    • Marriage Records: 1836
    • Probate Records: 1837
    • Court Records: 1837
  • Brown 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: 201 Locust Lane, Nashville, Indiana 47448
    • Phone: 812-988-5462
    • Land Records: 1873
  • Brown 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

Brown County, IN Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Brown County, IN?
A list of Brown County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Indiana Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Brown County, IN Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Brown County, IN?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Brown 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.

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Brown Co. IN Cemeteries & Church Records

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Brown Co. IN Military Records

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