Where can I find death records?
Indiana began issuing death certificates in 1882; however, these were optional until 1907 and even after 1907, not every death was registered. Death records issued 1882-1907 are kept by the county health department in the county where the birth or death took place. Death records issued 1907-present are kept by the Indiana State Department of Health in addition to the local health department. Death certificates 1899-2011 are now available to the public through Ancestry Library Edition (and Ancestry.com). For records not covered by these dates, you will need to contact the county health department or the Indiana State Department of Health. The Indiana State Library also has print indexes to death records, with the dates covered varying by county. To view our holdings, please consult our research guides.