No known Parke County marriage
records survived the 1833 court house fire.
marriage records from that time are available through the
All of Indiana's marriages
to 1850 are indexed on the Indiana State Library website.
Please email me (James
D. VanDerMark) with any corrections you can provide.
Parke County Marriage Application Index
birth date and names of parents
County Marriages 1851 to 1890
County Marriages 1891 to 1918
1795 -1816 Divorces were first authorized by
legislation in the Northwest Territory to be granted through the General
Court or Circuit Court. Courts having civil jurisdiction also heard divorce
cases. The territorial General Assembly also had power to grant divorces
1817 to 1852 the Circuit Court in each
county had jurisdiction over divorces, and the Indiana General Assembly
could also grant divorces, through special legislation. These divorces have
been abstracted: - Newland, M. E. E. Divorces Granted by the Indiana
General Assembly Prior to 1852. Harlan, Ind.: the author, 1981.
1853 to 1873 -The Court of Common Pleas in
each county could grant divorces concurrently with its Circuit Court from
1853 to 1873. As Superior courts were established in various counties, they
have had concurrent jurisdiction with the Circuit Court. Divorces were
entered in the appropriate courtís Order Book.