Vital Records of Allen County, Indiana

The Allen County Court Records Collection at the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana is a growing collection containing a variety of court records. An alphabetical list of names indicate the key family members in divorce, guardianship, and probate cases.

Legal terms can often be confusing, how do we find the correct definitions? See the video below:

1:29 minute video Family History Month Genealogy Tip - Black’s Law Dictionary
Posted October 25, 2020 by the Genealogy Center on Facebook.

CLERK OF THE ALLEN CIRCUIT AND SUPERIOR COURTS, INDIANA webpage states: The Clerk of the Circuit and Superior Courts is a county elected official who serves as an officer of the court and the manager of court information. The Clerk administers the official court records for all trial court cases with jurisdiction in Allen County, prepares the permanent historical records for the courts, processes and issues various documents for court cases, and is responsible for more than $90 million in financial transactions annually.

Vital Records

Important Dates

  1. 1794, October 22 - Fort Wayne was dedicated.
  2. 1816, December 11 - President James Madison signed an act of Congress admitting Indiana to the Union as the 19th state of the United States. Indiana was the second state, after Ohio, to be created out of what was the Northwest Territory.
  3. 1824, April 1 - Allen County, Indiana was officially founded! Allen County is named for Colonel John Allen, a politician and army officer who was killed in the War of 1812.
  4. 1882 - The Vital Records page at IN.govstates: The State of Indiana did not require births or deaths to be recorded until 1882, and they were not recorded by the state until 1907. For birth and death records between 1882 and 1906, researchers should contact the County Health Office where the birth occurred.

Locating Vital Records in Indiana posted February 17, 2022 by Indiana Archives and Records Administration on YouTube.
This video will help researchers and genealogists discover vital records (birth, death, marriage, and divorce records) in Indiana and at the Indiana State Archives.
See their Vital Records page for more information.


  1. Allen County Death Index, 1870s-1920s at The Genealogy Center
  2. Allen County, Indiana, death records not appearing in the WPA index, 1921-1937 , 2010, 562 page book not an online index. "Includes official death records for the following localities and periods: Fort Wayne, Allen Co., Indiana, 1921-1932; Monroeville, Allen Co., Indiana, May 1909-Sep. 1937; Rural townships of Allen Co., Indiana, Sep. 1923-Dec. 1930"--P. 3. At The Genealogy Center.
  3. African-American Births, 1877-1920 at The Genealogy Center
  4. African-American Marriage Records, 1824-1920 at The Genealogy Center
  5. African-American Deaths, 1887-1920 at The Genealogy Center
  6. Allen Co. Deaths (1909-1937)(sel.) (with record images) at
  7. Grabill Vital Records (1916-1937) at
  8. Infirmary deaths (1937-1948) at
  9. Influenza Deaths (1918-1920) at
  10. Monroeville Vital Records (1906-1937) at
  11. New Haven Vital Records (1907-1937) at
  12. Woodburn Vital Records (1907-1937)  at
  13. Indiana State Digital Achives  Browse through the indexes to many of the most popular State Archives collections


The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana has several microtext videos posted on Facebook shown below.

As the 50 second microtext video above states most microtext and microfilm has not been digitized so is not online.
Posted October 21, 2022 by the Genealogy Center on Facebook.

2:46 minute video Microtext....again. Learning about Fiche
Posted April 6, 2017 by the Genealogy Center on Facebook.

6:17 minute video Learning about microfilm take 2...
Posted March 30, 2017 by the Genealogy Center on Facebook.

3:26 minute video How to use the microtext catalog
Posted March 23, 2017 by the Genealogy Center on Facebook.

4:16 minute video How do our newer microfilm machines work?!? Find out now
Posted February 28, 2017 by the Genealogy Center on Facebook.

The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana has a lot of information on their web site including links to their Microtext Center with many records on microfilm such as Records for Churches, Courts, Land, Probate, Tax, Vital like Birth, Deaths, and Marriages from 1800s into early 1900s. Search the The Genealogy Center Microtext Catalog and/or contact them on Facebook or email them at Genealogy@ACPL.Info. They have over 36,000 rolls in the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center-microfilm collection at the Internet Archive.

The Genealogy Center Microtext Catalog
at the Allen County Public Library

Indiana Vital Records number of items and media type

Births (City) 1882-1907 2 35mm Film
Births (City) 1907-1920 210 Fiche
Births (County) 1887-1907 190 Fiche
Births (County) 1907-1920 87 Fiche
Deaths (City) 1870-1898 2 35mm Film
Deaths (City) 1899-1920 191 Fiche
Deaths (City) 1921-1932 44 Fiche
Deaths (County) 1907-1923 5 Fiche
Deaths (County) 1923-1930 38 Fiche
Delayed Births 1942-1985 3 35mm Film
Index to Births and Deaths 1870-1920 2 35mm Film

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Search Genealogy Center Indexes at the Allen County Public Library

  1. Allen County, Indiana Church Burial Records INDEX search the Friends of Allen County Genealogy Center database by name or church for church burial records from the 1830s through 1885.
  2. Peltier Funeral Home, Coffin Sales, 1862-1877, Fort Wayne, Indiana INDEX search the Friends of Allen County Genealogy Center database.
  3. African-American Births, 1877-1920
  4. Pre-1882 Indiana Deaths Dawne Slater-Putt database from various published sources
  5. Burials in Fort Wayne and Vicinity, 1883 INDEX search the Friends of Allen County Genealogy Center database transcribed from the Fort Wayne Daily Sentinel
  6. African-American Deaths, 1887-1920
  7. Allen Co. Deaths (1909-1937)(sel.) (with record images)
  8. Influenza Deaths (1918-1920)
  9. Infirmary deaths (1937-1948)
  10. Indiana School for Feeble-Minded Youth, aka Fort Wayne State School opened its doors in 1890 on East State Street, recorded deaths were from November 1912 to June 1937
  11. McComb & Sons Funeral Home, 1926-1950
  12. Allen County Deaths 1870-1920 INDEX search the Friends of Allen County Genealogy Center database of Allen County, Indiana deaths between 1870 and 1920.
  13. Allen County Burial Permits 1994-2010 INDEX search the Friends of Allen County database by name and/or date of death for burial permits issued between 1994 and 2010.
  14. On the trail of the dead Coroner’s office says kin get harder to find discusses the task of finding the relatives of people who die in Allen County, May 19, 2013 by Archie Ingersoll of The Journal Gazette newspaper.

Allen County Recorder's Office Map

Locations for Citizens Square (opened in July 2011 - offices were formerly in the City County Building), Courthouse, and Rousseau Centre (formerly the City County Building).

The Allen County government web site has a page for requesting Public Records.

The Fort Wayne - Allen County Department of Health established a Genealogy Service April 1, 2013. Genealogy Requests states: Allen County’s birth records begin in 1882 for persons born inside the Fort Wayne city limits, and in 1887 for persons born outside the city limits. Death records begin in 1871 for persons who died inside the city limits, and in 1907 for persons who died outside the city limits. For your convenience, many of these records can be found at the Allen County Public Library. (The library has microfiche of actual birth records from 1882 to 1920 and death records from 1871 to 1932 and this includes events that occurred both inside the city limits of Fort Wayne and within Allen County). They have both a Genealogical Birth Application and a Genealogical Death Application.

State of Indiana Vital Records

Certified copies of birth and death certificates are available from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) on-line with payment using a credit card through the Vital Records Online Ordering System. If you prefer to pay by check or money order, please submit the request via mail.

You can also search Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940, Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920, Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, , Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1958-2005, all on

They have an FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions page.


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Tax Records

Tax Information - most useful genealogy tax records are probably at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Tax Lists

Pleasant Township Road Tax Lists, 1880, Allen County, Indiana at The Genealogy Center.

United States Census Mortality Schedules for Indiana

  1. 1850 Indiana Mortality Schedule Index or browse 19 Allen County page images on film #004206511 at
  2. 1860 Indiana Mortality Schedule - browse film #007833999 at
  3. 1870 Indiana Mortality Schedule - browse film #007834000 at
  4. 1880 Indiana Mortality Schedule - browse film #007834002 at
  5. Search U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 at
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Other Sources

  1. 1870s marriage and death announcements from the Monroeville (Monroe Twp., Allen Co.) Newspaper by Adam Barrone on USGenWeb Archives and more information from the original Genealogy Information Extract June 1874- March 1885 archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
  2. Allen County Dashboard INdicators health data tool compares a county's values to Indiana values and various goals established by the Indiana State Department of Health, the Indiana Hospital Association and the Indiana Business Research Center. New in 2012.
  3. 311 dial local Call Center when you don't know who to call - Call center has winning numbers 5 years in, 311 becomes go-to info line for city services by Dan Stockman published December 9, 2012 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  4. Allen County, IN Public Records on
  5. Allen County, Indiana Free Public Records Search at
  6. Blank charts and forms on Ancestry
  7. Finding Indiana Records by the Indiana Historical Society
  8. FRIDAY'S FINDS: Executions in the United States, 1608–1976 published May 9, 2014 on the Evidence Explained Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage blog.
  9. Genealogists Initiate a Declaration of Rights - May 12, 2014 National Genealogical Society blog advocates open access to federal, state, and local public records in response to threats the last few years over concerns about identity theft and privacy. May 7, 2014 Jordan Jones, President of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), announced the Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights at the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia. This declaration is a response to the 2011 Revision of the Model State Vital Statistics Act which if passed by individual states will close access to birth records for 125 years and death records for 75 years. Read more in Keeping Vital Records Open and Accessible published May 8, 2014 on the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference blog.
  10. Indiana Vital Records information on FamilySearch Wiki
  11. Newspapers often listed deaths by the month for the previous year such as January 1, 1884 page 3 in the Fort Wayne Sentinel titled Their Last Year.
  12. Public Access to Federal Records on by William Dollarhide on December14, 2012
  13. U.S. Courthouse Research at FamilySearch with 30 minute video and course handout
  14. Vital Records of Indiana search at

Indiana State Archives

  1. Collections
  2. Collections: Early Military Records
  3. Collections - State Constitutions
  4. Online Indexes
  5. Alphabetical Subject Index
  6. Genealogy Records
  7. Subject Guide to Indiana History
  8. Other History Resources
  9. Naturalization Records - not all counties have sent their records to the Archives.
  10. Photographs - Some 100,000 aerial photographs constitute a significant portion, but there are many others, covering all aspects of Indiana's history.
  11. Veterans and Families - military records for World War I and later
  12. Vital Records
  13. Vital Records books in their library - most are at the Genealogy Center
  14. What kind of records can I find in the Indiana State Archives?
  15. Friends of the Indiana State Archives
  16. Indiana Commission on Public Records home page

Other Information

  1. Man forced to jump through bureaucratic hoops over ID by Frank Gray published April 14, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaperis a modern example of how incomplete birth records not including both parent names, or alternate spellings, lead to problems obtaining required identification.
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Page updated: October 22, 2022