When the Northwest Territory was divided, and shortly before Ohio was declared a state in 1803, the Indiana Territory was formed. The year was 1800. The western boundary of Ohio had been determined by the Greenville Treaty Line of 1795. In 1803 a wedge, or pie shaped, piece of land on the Ohio/Indiana boundary was ceded to the Indiana Territory. It was nicknamed “The Gore,” and became Dearborn County. Records for this area were held at the county seat, Lawrenceburg.
Ultimately Dearborn County was itself divided and portions of it, from 1811-1814, formed Franklin, Wayne, and Switzerland Counties. Today this area also includes parts of Ohio, Randolph, Dearborn, and Union Counties, as well.
Thus an early settler, without moving a foot from his original homestead, may have lived in the Northwest Territory, Ohio, the Indiana Territory, and the State of Indiana, and called “The Gore” his home.
The following website is designed to help you through researching your ancestors in Indiana’s “Gore”. Guides are available to help you learn where your ancestors’ records are. Free databases point you directly to your ancestors’ records. Databases focus on Dearborn County, Ohio County and Switzerland County, Indiana. The earliest records of Dearborn County were destroyed by fire in 1826.