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Whitley County, Indiana Facts

Whitley County

When was Whitley County, IN Created?
Whitley County was established on January 29, 1839 from Unorganized Land (became effective April 1, 1839). This county was named for Col. William Whitley,  hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe.

What is the County Seat of Whitley County, IN?
The County Seat is located in Columbia City also, the county government website is whitleygov.com/ .

What counties are adjacent to Whitley County, IN?
Bordering Counties are   Noble County (north), Allen County (east), Huntington County (south), Wabash County (southwest), Kosciusko County (west).

What cities and towns are in Whitley County, IN?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Churubusco, Columbia City, Larwill, South Whitley.

What Townships are in Whitley County, IN?
Townships located in the County include  Cleveland, Columbia, Etna-Troy, Jefferson, Richland, Smith, Thorncreek, Union, Washington.


Whitley County, IN Vital Records

Where can find Whitley County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Whitley 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 Whitley 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 Whitley County Department of Health, 220 W. Van Buren St., Ste 111, Columbia City, IN 46725 ; Phone: 260-248-3121  ; maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records. They have Birth & Death Records from 1882.


Whitley County, IN Census Records

What Whitley 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.

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


Whitley County, IN Courthouse and Government Records


Whitley County Courthouse

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

  • Whitley County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 101 West Van Buren Street, Columbia City, IN 46725
  • Whitley 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) 248-3102
    • Marriage Records: 1838
    • Probate Records: 1839
    • Court Records: 1882
  • Whitley 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: 220 W. VanBuren Street, Suite 206, Columbia City, IN 46725
    • Phone: 260-248-3106
    • Land Records: 1813
  • Whitley 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

Whitley County, IN Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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