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Thursday, July 15, 2010

From My Email Box - "Local Vital Records"


From: Terry Winchester
To: INVANDER@rootsweb.com
Subject: [INVANDER] Vital Records in Vanderburgh County

This is regarding the discussion about Vanderburgh County's new policy concerning limitations on Death certificates. Birth Certificates have the same limitations.

I initially received the same cold shoulder when I asked about a Birth Certificate for a client a few months ago. However, on a positive note, after being a bit persistent, but polite, I did receive it because it was 75 years old. The birth year was 1927. On the form, I was told to mark "genealogy purposes" under the Relationship section. Cost was $10. I don't know if they will treat Death Certificates the same, but I don't see a difference if it's more than 75 years.

On a rather frustrating note, however, the information from the original book was typed onto a certified certificate of birth, and the worker did not include the maiden name of the mother (as per policy for the new certificates, reported she).

The Indiana State Board of Health in Indianapolis may be a better resource. Their application is online at: http://www.in.gov/icpr/webfile/formsdiv/49606.pdf

Their website states:

To apply for a birth or death certificate by phone: Call 1-866-601-0891 (VitalChek Network).
To apply for a death certificate in person or by mail and pay by check or money order:

Please print form 49606. The form includes applicable fees, identification requirements, and mailing address. The cost for the first certificate is $8.00 and $4.00 for each additional copy. Please make check payable to Indiana State Department of Health. (Average Processing Time: 3 to 4 weeks. Processing time begins the day the ISDH Vital Records office receives the request.)

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