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Madison County Databases

A collection of historical indexes compiled by staff and volunteers of the Anderson (IN) Public Library.
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Contact the Indiana Room with questions about these databases or to obtain a copy of an obituary.

General Tips for Searching:

  • A married woman might be listed as Mrs. John Smith instead of Mary Smith if that was the text used by the newspaper. Try searching Mrs. Smith as well.
  • Titles like Dr., Rev., Sgt., etc., will sometimes be part of a name listing. If you know your subject was a doctor, try searching for him as Dr. Smith.
  • A baby may be listed as Infant Smith rather than Billy Smith. Try both.

Database Details

1850-1906, Madison County Death & Obituary Index

This database indexes the obituaries in early Madison County newspapers that are available on microfilm in the Indiana Room at APL. Most local newspapers did not survive to be microfilmed, so the number of obituaries available during this time period is small.

Madison County Cemetery Records Database

There are over 70,000 people in this database from 98 cemeteries. However, there are dozens of entries where people do not have legible last names, therefore you may want to search for "unknown" first and last names just to be thorough. The index may list people whose tombstones no longer exist, and the information on the tombstones may be difficult or impossible to decipher. Internments after 2000 are generally not included. Also, many of the burials in the Memorial Park/Anderson Memorial Park cemetery were not available for inclusion in this index. Refer to Madison County Cemetery Names/Codes for information on individual cemeteries.

Madison County Deaths in Indiana Newspapers, 1838-1906

The obituaries and deaths included are ones found in Indiana newspapers outside of Madison County, but were not mentioned in Madison County newspapers, making it a very unique resource. The index covers deaths from 1836-1906, however, it is not a comprehensive listing of all obituaries found outside Madison County and not all counties or newspapers are represented. The actual text of the obituaries is not available online, but if you contact the Indiana Room we can provide either a paper copy or a scan of the obituary you want.

1907-1997, Anderson Daily Bulletin and Herald Bulletin Obituary Index

This database indexes the obituaries which appeared in the Anderson Daily Bulletin and Herald Bulletin from 1907 to 1997. The date which is given in the index is the date the obituary appeared in the newspaper and not necessarily the date of death.

Madison County Marriages, 1921-1951

In the 1930's, workers for the WPA created an index to the marriage licenses of Madison County that covered the years 1880-1920. This index is available in book form at the Anderson Public Library and is also part of the Indiana marriages database on Ancestry.com. No records exist for Madison County marriages prior to December 10, 1880. These were destroyed in a courthouse fire.

This database, which covers marriages from 1921 to mid-1951, indexes an additional 30 years of marriage licenses. It was created using microfilm of Madison County marriage books 35-84, filmed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the 1990s.

1998-2017, Anderson Herald Bulletin Obituary Index

This database indexes the obituaries which appeared in the Anderson Herald-Bulletin from 1998 to 2017, including online-only obituaries from 2016 and beyond.

1870-2007, Lapel/Pendleton Deaths and Obituaries Index

This database indexes obituaries from Pendleton and Lapel newspapers, as well as additional records from the Pendleton Methodist Church, from 1870 through 2007. The index is not complete. The actual text of the obituaries and church records are not available online, but if you contact Indiana Room staff we can provide either a paper copy or scan of obituaries from the newspaper microfilm. The library does not have the church records.

Baker Brothers Funeral Home Records, 1934-1946

This databases indexes Madison County deaths found in the Baker Brothers Funeral Home record book for 1934-1946. A scanned image of the page accompanies each record.

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