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Elkhart County, Indiana

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Elkhart County

Elkhart County was founded on April 1, 1830 from Unorganized Land. This county was named for Disputed, but possibly the Elkhart Native American people .

The Elkhart County Seat is located in Goshen also, the county government website is .

Counties bordering Elkhart County are  St. Joseph County, Michigan (northeast), LaGrange County (east), Noble County (southeast), Kosciusko County (south), Marshall County (southwest), St. Joseph County (west), Cass County, Michigan (northwest).

Cities, Towns & Communities located in Elkhart County include  Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Bristol, Dunlap, Middlebury, Millersburg, New Paris, Simonton Lake, Wakarusa.

Townships located in Elkhart County include  Baugo, Benton, Cleveland, Clinton, Concord, Elkhart, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Locke, Middlebury, Olive, Osolo, Union, Washington, York.

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 Application to mail.

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

Elkhart County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Elkhart County Courthouse and Government Records

Elkhart County Courthouse

Genealogist typically overlook the importance of Elkhart 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 Elkhart 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 below details shows what birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and legal records are typically in Elkhart County. The dates indicated listed below are the first widely known records for this particular county.

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.
  • 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.
  • Elkhart County Department of Health maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records
    • Address: 608 Oakland Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516-2116
    • Phone: 574-523-2283 
    • Birth & Death Records: 1882

Elkhart County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Elkhart 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 Elkhart County genealogy or family history related sites.

Elkhart Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

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Elkhart Co. IN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Elkhart Co. IN Census Records

Elkhart Co. IN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Elkhart Co. IN Church & Bible Records

Elkhart Co. IN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Elkhart Co. IN General and History Websites

Elkhart Co. IN Military Records

Elkhart Co. IN Schools & Directories

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