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Marion County, Indiana

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Marion County

Marion County was founded on April 1, 1822 from Delaware New Purchase. This county was named for Gen. Francis MarionAmerican Revolutionary War hero .

The Marion County Seat is located in Indianapolis also, the county government website is .

Counties bordering Marion County are  Hamilton County (north), Hancock County (east), Shelby County (southeast), Johnson County (south), Morgan County (southwest), Hendricks County (west), Boone County (northwest).

Cities, Towns & Communities located in Marion 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.

Townships located in Marion County include  Pike, Wayne, Decatur, Washington, Center, Perry, Lawrence, Warren, Franklin.

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 Application to mail.

Marion 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.

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.

Marion County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Marion County Courthouse and Government Records

Marion County Courthouse

Genealogist typically overlook the importance of Marion 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 Marion 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 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Marion County Department of Health maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records
    • Address: 3838 N. Rural St., Indianapolis, IN 46205-2930
    • Phone: 317-221-2000
    • Birth & Death Records: 1882

Marion County Links

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

Marion Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Marion Co. IN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Marion Co. IN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Marion Co. IN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Marion Co. IN Census Records

Marion Co. IN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Marion Co. IN Church & Bible Records

Marion Co. IN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Marion Co. IN General and History Websites

Marion Co. IN Military Records

Marion Co. IN Schools & Directories

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