Lookup Public Records in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

St. Joseph County, Indiana Overview

St. Joseph County is located in the U.S. state of Indiana. The county was formed in 1830 and named after St. Joseph River, which flows through it toward Lake Michigan. The county seat is South Bend. According to the U.S. Census Bureau of 2010, the county has a population of approximately 266,709 people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 461.38 square miles of which 457.85 square miles is land and 3.54 square miles is water. St. Joseph County borders the following counties: Berrien County, Michigan to the north; Cass County, Michigan to the northeast; Elkhart County to the east; Marshall County to the south; Starke County to the southwest/CST Border and LaPorte County to the west/CST Border. St. Joseph County has 24 zip codes. The zip codes are 46628, 46637, 46506, 46635, 46530, 46536, 46544, 46546, 46545, 46552, 46554, 46556, 46561, 46574, 46573, 46601, 46595, 46614, 46613, 46616, 46615, 46619, 46617 and 46624. The most populated zip code is 46614.

St. Joseph County Clerk’s Office Information

The Clerk also serves as the Ex-Officio Clerk of Superior Court. The Clerk of the Circuit Court also serves as the Secretary to the County Election Board. This Board is responsible for conducting elections, certifying their results to the Secretary of State, issuing certificates of election to candidates and administering oaths of office. The Clerk’s office is also the repository of these oaths. The Clerk serves as trustee of child support collections and also acts as the chief financial officer to the Courts by collecting, disbursing, and reconciling monies related to court cases.

In addition, the Clerk collects filing fees, court costs, and judgment monies in civil cases. In criminal and infraction cases, the Clerk collects fees and fines for city, county and state jurisdictions, deferral and pretrial diversion fees, bail bond monies, and restitution ordered by the Court. The Clerk issues marriage licenses and may officiate at weddings.

Terri Rethlake is the County Clerk of St. Joseph County. Rethlake can be contacted at (574) 235-9635 or emailed at trethlake@co.st-joseph.in.us.

The physical address of the St. Joseph County Clerk’s Office is:

101 South Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601
Email: trethlake@co.st-joseph.in.us
Phone: (574) 235-9635
Fax: (574) 235-9838
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The filing/recording fee schedule of St. Joseph County Clerk’s Office can be found in the following link:

To get the Recorded Document Request Forms from St. Joseph County Recorder’s Office, visit the following link:

St. Joseph County Recorder’s Office Information

The County Recorder’s Office responsibility is to maintain permanent public records of legal instruments involving real estate, deeds, mortgages, liens, leases, plats, military discharges, personal bonds and several others. All of these instruments are recorded for safekeeping and future reference and for giving legal notice of their existence. Storage methods to record these documents include paper, microfilm and digital storage.

Mary Beth Wisniewski is the County Recorder of St. Joseph County. Wisniewski can be contacted at (574) 235-9525 or via email at mwisniew@sjcindiana.com

The physical address of the St. Joseph County Recorder’s Office is:

227 W Jefferson Boulevard
Room 321
South Bend, IN 46601
Email: mwisniew@sjcindiana.com
Phone: (574) 235-9525
Fax: (574) 235-5170
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The filing/recording fee schedule of St. Joseph County Recorder’s Office can be found in the following link:

St. Joseph, IN Genealogy and Ancestry Records
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
Total Ancestries Reported 2005-2009331,189
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-200911,708
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-20091,338
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-20091,309
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-20091,180
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-2009788
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-20097,733
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-200922,545
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-20092,441
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-20098,507
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-20091,378
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-200970,831
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-20091,136
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-20099,292
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-200941,833
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-200912,549
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-2009594
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-20092,509
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-200932,903
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-2009190
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-20091,820
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-20094,202
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-20094,388
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-2009405
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-20092,277
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-20095,043
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-20091,520
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-2009437
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-20091,542
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-2009141
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-200966,600
St. Joseph County Marriage License Office
In order to obtain a marriage license in St. Joseph County, the applicants must apply together, in person, at the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must present their state-issued picture ID, military ID, or passport, and know their social security number
State Law:Marriage – Title 31, Article 11 and Uniform Premarital Agreement Act – Title 31, Article 11, Chapter 3
All State Statutes: Information is online at the State Website
Office:St. Joseph County Marriage License
Location:101 South Main Street, South Bend, Indiana, 46601
Phone:574-235-9635

St. Joseph County Recorder’s Office
County Government Office

Address: 227 W Jefferson Blvd #321, South Bend, IN 46601, United States
Phone: 574-235-9525

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