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Brown County, Indiana

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Brown County

Brown County was founded 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.

The Brown County Seat is located in Nashville also, the county government website is .

Counties bordering Brown County are  Johnson County (northeast), Bartholomew County (east), Jackson County (south), Monroe County (west), Morgan County (northwest).

Cities, Towns & Communities located in Brown County include  Nashville.

Townships located in Brown County include  Hamblen, Jackson, Van Buren, Washington.

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 Application to mail.

Brown County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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.

Brown County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Brown County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Brown County Courthouse and Government Records

Brown County Courthouse

Genealogist typically overlook the importance of Brown County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of genealogical information and facts. Buried away in Indiana courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the desires and frustrations of many Indiana inhabitants.

The odds are great that your chosen ancestors have left a comprehensive record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Brown County court records. Even if your forefathers is not brought up in a Court case, consider all of the other methods which may have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Brown county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for this county which may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, court records, and so forth. Courthouse destroyed by Fire, All records lost, except some clerk's files.

You need to speak to the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other facts in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are accessible to interested parties, barring private issues. The majority of staff will assist people in obtaining the materials, but it is up to the person to do the research.
  • 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.
  • Brown County Department of Health maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records
    • Address: 201 Locust Lane, Nashville, Indiana 47448
    • Phone: 812-988-2255
    • Birth & Death Records: 1882

Brown County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Brown County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a directory which has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to provide your own most liked Brown County genealogy or family history related sites.

Brown Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Brown Co. IN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Brown Co. IN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Brown Co. IN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Brown Co. IN Census Records

Brown Co. IN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Brown Co. IN Church & Bible Records

Brown Co. IN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Brown Co. IN General and History Websites

Brown Co. IN Military Records

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