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DeKalb County, Indiana Facts

DeKalb County

When was DeKalb County, IN Created?
DeKalb County was established on May 1, 1837 from Unorganized Land. This county was named for Johann de Kalb, German noble who trained colonial soldiers for the American Revolutionary War.

What is the County Seat of DeKalb County, IN?
The County Seat is located in Auburn also, the county government website is www.co.dekalb.in.us/ .

What counties are adjacent to DeKalb County, IN?
Bordering Counties are  Steuben County (north), Williams County, Ohio (northeast), Defiance County, Ohio (southeast), Allen County (south), Noble County (west), LaGrange County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in DeKalb County, IN?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Altona, Ashley, Auburn, Butler, Corunna, Garrett, Hamilton, Newville, Orange, Spencerville, Saint Joe, Waterloo.

What Townships are in DeKalb County, IN?
Townships located in the County include  Butler, Concord, Fairfield, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, Keyser, Newville, Richland, Smithfield, Spencer, Stafford, Troy, Union, Wilmington.


DeKalb County, IN Vital Records

Where can find DeKalb County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
DeKalb 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 DeKalb 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 DeKalb County Department of Health, 215 E. 9th St., Ste 201, Auburn, IN 46706-2362 ; Phone: 260-925-2220 ; maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records. They have Birth & Death Records from 1882.


DeKalb County, IN Census Records

What DeKalb 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.

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


DeKalb County, IN Courthouse and Government Records


DeKalb County Courthouse

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

  • DeKalb County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 S. Main Street, Auburn, IN 46706
  • DeKalb 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: (260) 925-0912
    • Marriage Records: 1837
    • Probate Records: 1847
    • Court Records: 1839
  • DeKalb 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.
    • Phone: 260-925-2112
    • Land Records: 1837
  • DeKalb 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

DeKalb County, IN Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • DeKalb County Historian, John Bry, 108 N. Cedar St., Auburn, IN 46706; Home Phone: (260) 570-8421
  • DeKalb County Historical Society, 201 E. Main St., Butler, IN 46721-1409; Phone: (260) 868-0979
  • DeKalb Genealogical Society, c/o Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson Dtreet, Auburn , IN 46706
  • Garrett Historical Society, P.O. Box 225, Garrett, IN 46738-0225; Phone: (260) 357-5575
  • Willennar Genealogy Center, 700 S. Jackson St., Auburn, IN 46706-2267; Phone: (260) 925-2414 Ext 420
  • 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 DeKalb County, IN Researchers through message boards and forums?

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

DeKalb Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

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DeKalb Co. IN Cemeteries & Church Records

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DeKalb Co. IN Military Records

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