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Knox County, Indiana
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Knox County, Indiana Facts

When was Knox County, IN Created?
Knox County was established on June 20, 1790 as an Original County (Knox County, NW Territory, was formed from non-county area in 1790. This included segments of present IllinoisMichiganOhioWisconsin, plus all of Indiana. Knox County became an Indiana territory in 1800, although much of the original county had been formed into other counties by that time. It became an Indiana county in 1816). This county was named for U.S. Secretary of War Henry Knox.

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

What counties are adjacent to Knox County, IN?
Bordering Counties are   Sullivan CountyGreene CountyDaviess CountyPike CountyGibson CountyWabash County, Illinois, Lawrence County, Illinois, Crawford County, Illinois.

What cities and towns are in Knox County, IN?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Bicknell, Bruceville, Decker, Edwardsport, Freelandville, Monroe City, Oaktown, Sandborn, Vincennes, Westphalia, Wheatland.

What Townships are in Knox County, IN?
Townships located in the County include  Busseron, Decker, Harrison, Johnson, Palmyra, Steen, Vigo, Vincennes, Washington, Widner.

Knox County, IN Vital Records

Where can find Knox County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Knox 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 Knox 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 Knox County Department of Health, 520 South 7th Street (GSH), Vincennes, IN 47591 ; Phone: 812-882-8080 ; maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records. They have Birth & Death Records from 1882.

Knox County, IN Census Records

What Knox 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 1790-189019001910192019301940.

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

Knox County, IN Courthouse and Government Records

Knox County Courthouse

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

  • Knox County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 111 N 7th St, Vincennes 47591
  • Knox 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: (812) 885-2521
    • Marriage Records: 1806
    • Probate Records: 1790
    • Court Records: 1801
  • Knox 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.
    • Phone: 812-885-2508
    • Land Records: 1783
  • Knox 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

Knox County, IN Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Knox Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Knox Co. IN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Knox Co. IN Cemeteries & Church Records

Knox Co. IN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Knox Co. IN General and History Websites

Knox Co. IN Military Records