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Putnam County, Indiana
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Putnam County, Indiana Facts

When was Putnam County, IN Created?
Putnam County was established on April 1, 1822 from Owen County and Vigo County and Wabash New Purchase. This county was named for Gen. Israel Putnam, hero of the American Revolutionary War.

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

What counties are adjacent to Putnam County, IN?
Bordering Counties are  Montgomery CountyHendricks CountyMorgan CountyOwen CountyClay CountyParke County.

What cities and towns are in Putnam County, IN?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Bainbridge, Cloverdale, Fillmore, Greencastle, Roachdale, Russellville.

What Townships are in Putnam County, IN?
Townships located in the County include  Clinton, Cloverdale, Floyd, Franklin, Greencastle, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Russell, Warren, Washington.

Putnam County, IN Vital Records

Where can find Putnam County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Putnam 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 Putnam 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 Putnam County Department of Health, 209 W. Liberty St., Greencastle, IN 46135 ; Phone: 765-653-5210 ; maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records. They have Birth & Death Records from 1882.

Putnam County, IN Census Records

What Putnam 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 183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Putnam County, IN Courthouse and Government Records

Putnam County Courthouse

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

  • Putnam County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: One Courthouse Square, Greencastle, IN 46135
  • Putnam 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: (765) 653-2648
    • Marriage Records: 1820
    • Probate Records: 1825
    • Court Records: ?
  • Putnam 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: 1 W Washington St, Room 25 Greencastle 46135
    • Phone: 765-653-5613
    • Land Records: 1824
  • Putnam 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

Putnam County, IN Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Putnam County Historian, Larry Tippin, 10968 N. 650 E., Roachdale, IN 46172-9394; Home Phone: (765) 522-4156
  • Putnam County Genealogical Club, RR 1, Box 28, Bainbridge 46105
  • Putnam County Historical Society, P.O. Box 801, Greencastle, IN 46135-0801
  • Putnam Public Library, Local History and Genealogy Dept., 103 East Poplar St., Greencastle, IN 46135
  • Putnam County Museum, 1105 N. Jackson St., Greencastle, IN 46135-1072; Phone: (765) 653-8419
  • Indiana State Archives, 6440 E. 30th St., Indianapolis, IN 46219; (317) 591-5222
  • Indiana State Library, 140 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2296
  • Indiana Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 10507, Fort Wayne IN 46852
  • Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St, Indianapolis,IN 46202

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

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

Putnam Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Putnam Co. IN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Putnam Co. IN Cemeteries & Church Records

Putnam Co. IN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Putnam Co. IN General and History Websites

Putnam Co. IN Military Records