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Howard County, Indiana
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Howard County, Indiana Facts

When was Howard County, IN Created?
Howard County was established on May 1, 1844 from Unorganized Land (originally named Richardville County, renamed in 1844). This county was named for Gen. Tilghman Howard, a U.S. Representative from Indiana .

What is the County Seat of Howard County, IN?
The County Seat is located in Kokomo also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Howard County, IN?
Bordering Counties are  Miami County (North), Grant County (East), Tipton County (South), Clinton County (Southwest), Carroll County (West), Cass County (Northwest).

What cities and towns are in Howard County, IN?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Kokomo, Greentown, Russiaville.

What Townships are in Howard County, IN?
Townships located in the County include  Center, Clay, Ervin, Harrison, Honey Creek, Howard, Jackson, Liberty, Monroe, Taylor, Union.

Howard County, IN Vital Records

Where can find Howard County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Howard 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 Howard 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 Howard County Department of Health, 120 E Mulberry St, Kokomo, IN 46901; Phone: 765-456-2403 ; maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records. They have Birth & Death Records from 1882.

Howard County, IN Census Records

What Howard 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 1850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Howard County, IN Courthouse and Government Records

Howard County Courthouse

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

  • Howard County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Howard 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: 104 N. Buckeye St. Room 114. Kokomo IN 46901
    • Phone: (765) 456-2204
    • Marriage Records: 1844
    • Probate Records: 1844
    • Court Records: ?
  • Howard 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 N Main St, Room 330, Kokomo 46901
    • Phone: 765-456-2210
    • Land Records: 1846
  • Howard 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

Howard County, IN Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Howard Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Howard Co. IN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Howard Co. IN Cemeteries & Church Records

Howard Co. IN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Howard Co. IN General and History Websites

Howard Co. IN Military Records