There has been considerable loss of county records in Indiana due to natural catastrophes. It may be useful to list the counties in Indiana where there is a lack of early records.
Boone, organized in 1830. Fire in 1856 destroyed Recorder's office. There are nine volumes of "Deeds Heretofore Recorded" which to some degree replace those which were lost.
Brown, organized 1836. Fire in 1873. Clerk's office survived. Records in other offices spotty. Clay, organized 1825. Fire in 1851. Only Recorder's office survived,
Daviess, organized 1817. Fire in 1879. Will record books, prior to 1854, seem to be the most serious loss.
Dearborn, organized 1803. Fire in 1826. A few record series begin as early as 1824. Some of these records now survive only on microfilm as there was a flood in 1937.
Dekalb, organized 1837. Fire in 1913. Probate records prior to 1850's appear to be worst loss.
Dubois, organized in 1830. Fire . 1839. No record books from any office appear to have survived. However, an inventory made in 1937 is listed in the Clerk's office: 225 file boxes of Papers pertaining to civil cases.... dating from 1816. There were also 98 file boxes of papers pertaining to criminal cases.. .dating from 1816. This might seem to be an error, but the same inventory lists in the Re-corder's office 10 file boxes of deeds dating from 1812.
Jasper, organized in 1838. Fire in 1864 destroyed all records except those in Recorder's office. There did exist n the records of the County Commissioners two volumes entitled: Evidence of Destroyed Records." These books are indexed
Johnson, organized in 1823. Fire in 1849 and 1874. Marriages prior to 1830 lacking. Probate Order Books prior to 1830 lost, but Complete probate Record Books exist from 1823.
Knox, organized 1790. Fire in 1814. Records of the Recorder's of-fice are lacking prior to that date. Several early deeds are re-recorded. Marriages exist from 1807, wills from 1808...many records from 1790's.
Madison, organized 1823. Fire in 1880. Recorder's office not damaged. Clerk's Office; marriages, will, etc., destroyed.
Miami, organized 1834. Fire in 1843. Deed records seem to have survived, as well as a Minute Book of the County Commissioners which dates from 1834.
Morgan, organized 1822. Fire in 1876 Most records were restored. Marriages should be used with caution-Probate records are far from complete.
Parke organized 1821. Fire in 1833. All records destroyed. Deed records were restored as far as possible.
Spencer, organized 1818. Fire in 1833. The only records to survive seem to be the deeds and marriages.
Sullivan, organized 1817. Fire in 1850. The Deeds burned, but there is a "Record of Destroyed Deeds. In a close examination of an inventory of records of Sullivan County, it is found that there once existed a series of records, "Record of Sale Bills, dating from 1837. These books contained a record of sales of personal estates of deceased persons by the executor, showing article, amount of sale, to whom sold, etc. It these still exist, they should be salvaged at once.
Tipton, organized 1844. Fire in 1857. Recorder's office is intact. There was some minor losses in the Probate Court records.
Wayne, organized 1811. Has had no fire. Marriages exist from 1811, Wills from 1812 and Commissioner's records from 1811 - yet no other records are known to exist prior to 1818.White, organized in 1834. Damaged by tornadoes 1974, record
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