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as their name suggests, are connected with central life
events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil
authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical
information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are
available only for relatively recent periods. These records,
despite their recent creation in the United States, are
critically important in genealogical research, often
supplying details on family members well back into the
The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy,
by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.
Vital Records Section
State Department of Health
1330 West Michigan Street
PO Box 7125
Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125
Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time
are $1.00 each. For earlier records, write to Health Officer in city or
county where event occurred.
Check or money order should be made payable to Indiana State Department of Health.
Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number
is(317) 383-6274. Information on how to obtain certified copies is
also available at:
Browning Genealogy Database The Browning Genealogy Database is the lifetime work of Charles
Browning, who compiled the obituary records of Vanderburgh County and
surrounding southwestern Indiana from the Evansville newspapers: The
Evansville Courier, The Evansville Press, and now The Evansville Courier
Write to County Clerk in city or county where
divorce was granted.
Indiana Marriages to 1850
This database of Indiana marriages to 1850 contains nearly 200,000 names.
Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every
name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are
The marriage date is usually the date of marriage as given in the original
entry. However, when no marriage date is given (e.g., the "marriage
return" was not provided to the record keeper), the date of the license is
used. In a few cases, a marriage will be listed twice, but in two
different counties. This most often happened when a couple obtained a
license in one county, but were actually married in another. (Free
Marriage index since 1958 for some counties.
Certified copies are not available from State Health Department or State
Library but must be obtained from county where event occurred.