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Starke County, Indiana
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Starke County, Indiana Facts

When was Starke County, IN Created?
Starke County was established on January 15, 1844 from St. Joseph County and Unorganized Land (effective until January 15, 1850). This county was named for Gen. John Stark, hero of the American Revolutionary War.

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

What counties are adjacent to Starke County, IN?
Bordering Counties are   LaPorte CountySt. Joseph CountyMarshall CountyFulton CountyPulaski CountyJasper CountyPorter County.

What cities and towns are in Starke County, IN?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Hamlet, Knox, North Judson.

What Townships are in Starke County, IN?
Townships located in the County include  California, Center, Davis, Jackson, North Bend, Oregon, Railroad, Washington, Wayne.

Starke County, IN Vital Records

Where can find Starke County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Starke 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 Starke 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 Starke County Department of Health; Phone: 574-772-9174 ; maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records. They have Birth & Death Records from 1894.

Starke County, IN Census Records

What Starke 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.

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

Starke County, IN Courthouse and Government Records

Starke County Courthouse

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

  • Starke County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 53 East Washington, Knox, IN 46534
  • Starke 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: 574-772-9128
    • Marriage Records: 1840
    • Probate Records: 1850
    • Court Records: ?
  • Starke 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: 574-772-9109
    • Land Records: 1850
  • Starke 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

Starke County, IN Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Starke Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Starke Co. IN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Starke Co. IN Cemeteries & Church Records

Starke Co. IN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Starke Co. IN General and History Websites

Starke Co. IN Military Records