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Marion County, Indiana Facts

Marion County

When was Marion County, IN Created?
Marion County was established on April 1, 1822 from Delaware New Purchase. This county was named for Gen. Francis MarionAmerican Revolutionary War hero .

What is the County Seat of Marion County, IN?
The County Seat is located in Indianapolis also, the county government website is www.indy.gov .

What counties are adjacent to Marion County, IN?
Bordering Counties are  Hamilton County (north), Hancock County (east), Shelby County (southeast), Johnson County (south), Morgan County (southwest), Hendricks County (west), Boone County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Marion County, IN?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Beech Grove, Clermont, Crows Nest, Homecroft, Indianapolis, Lawrence, Meridian Hills, N. Crows Nest, Rocky Ripple, Southport, Speedway, Spring Hill, Warren Park, West Newton, Williams Creek, Wynnedale.

What Townships are in Marion County, IN?
Townships located in the County include  Pike, Wayne, Decatur, Washington, Center, Perry, Lawrence, Warren, Franklin.


Marion County, IN Vital Records

Where can find Marion County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Marion 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 Marion 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 Marion County Department of Health, 3838 N. Rural St., Indianapolis, IN 46205-2930 ; Phone: 317-221-2000 ; maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records. They have Birth & Death Records from 1882.


Marion County, IN Census Records

What Marion 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.

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


Marion County, IN Courthouse and Government Records


Marion County Courthouse

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

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Marion 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.  Some materials have been microfilmed and are available in the City Microfilm & Archives Division that is located in the sub-basement down the hall from Records.  Along with the Records Division, public access terminals are located in the Probate Division room 1741.

  • Marion County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Marion 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: 200 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
    • Phone: (317) 327- 4740
    • Marriage Records: 1822
    • Probate Records: 1822
    • Court Records: 1822
  • Marion 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: 741 City-County Building, 200 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
    • Phone: (317) 327-4020
    • Land Records: 1822
  • Marion 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

Marion County, IN Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Marion Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Marion Co. IN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Marion Co. IN Cemeteries & Church Records

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Marion Co. IN General and History Websites

Marion Co. IN Military Records

Marion Co. IN Schools & Directories

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