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County Research Tips:
Many Parke County
marriage records were lost in an 1833 courthouse fire.
required Vital Records to be kept beginning only in 1882. Strict
enforcement of that law didn't happen until much later, so early birth and
death records may not exist for your ancestor who died in Parke County
during that time.
county records. Many Parke county communities had "News Reports" as
regular columns/features in the newspapers of Terre Haute, Brazil,
Crawfordsville or other 'big towns' nearby. Sometimes Hospital,
Funeral Home, Obituary and Vital Records of these counties provide a missing
clue about your ancestor.
The 1920 census records for
the Parke County townships of Florida, Greene & Wabash are confirmed lost
by the U.S. Census Bureau.