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Jamie Dunn ● Genealogy Division ● Indiana State Library
 What are vital records?
 What do we hope to learn?
 Birthdate/death date
 Place of birth/death
 Parents’ names
 Place of burial
 Birth order
 Cause of death
 Religious or civil affiliations
 Possibly additional information
 Where were the records created?
 Public records
 Non-governmental records
 Common problems
 Availability
 Accessibility
 Errors
 Where are they kept?
 What can they tell us?
 Who provided the information?
 How do we get them?
 Online databases
 Indexes
Indiana Works Progress
Administration. WPA Index to
Death Records for Clark County,
Indiana. 1939.
Bernece Tipps Birth Certificate, 1908.
“Indiana Birth Certificates, 1907-1940.”
Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library
Edition.
 Part 1: The child
 Part 2: The parents
Bernece Tipps Birth Certificate, 1908.
“Indiana Birth Certificates, 1907-1940.”
Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library
Edition.
 Part 3: The doctor
Bernece Tipps Birth Certificate, 1908.
“Indiana Birth Certificates, 1907-1940.”
Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library
Edition.
 Part 1: Geography
Catherine Achor Death Certificate, 1925.
“Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011.”
Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library
Edition.
 Part 2: The decedent
Catherine Achor Death Certificate, 1925.
“Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011.”
Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library
Edition.
 Part 3: Cause of death
Catherine Achor Death Certificate, 1925.
“Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011.”
Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library
Edition.
 Part 4: Funeral and burial
Catherine Achor Death Certificate, 1925.
“Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011.”
Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library
Edition.
 Information provided varies by census.
 The census itself contains only birth information, but death information can be
found in the mortality schedules.
 Indiana first appears in the census in 1820.
 There are some extant state censuses, but they usually do not contain
genealogically relevant information.
“1820 United States
Federal Census.”
Palmyra Township, Knox
County, Indiana.
Accessed April 13, 2017.
Ancestry Library Edition
 1790-1840: Age ranges
by gender, no
birthplace
“1850 United States
Federal Census.”
Subdivision of District No.
61, Knox County, Indiana.
Accessed April 13, 2017.
Ancestry Library Edition
 1850-1880, 1910-1940:
Age and birthplace of
each individual
“1900 United States
Federal Census.” Steen
Township, Knox County,
Indiana. Accessed April
13, 2017. Ancestry
Library Edition
 1900: Month and year of
birth and birthplace for
each individual
 Conducted as part of the census in 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880
 Covered the “census year” (June 1, 1849 to May 31, 1850, etc.)
 Not all states are online
 Indiana’s schedules are available through the Indiana State Library Digital
Collections
 Sections (l-r):
 Name of decedent
 Age, gender, race
 Marital status
 Birthplace of decedent
and parents
 Job of decedent
 Month and cause of
death
 Length of residence in
county
 Name of doctor
1880 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedule. Washington Township, Hamilton County, Indiana.
Accessed April 13, 2017. Indiana State Library Digital Collections.
 Used in cases of suspicious deaths or cases where the death might result in
criminal proceedings
McCoy, Marilyn.
Monroe County
Indiana Coroners
Inquest, 1888-1973.
Bloomington, IN:
Monroe County
Historical Society,
Inc., 2001.
 Includes birth and death information as well as biographical notes
“U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014.”
Accessed April 18, 2017. Ancestry Library
Edition.
“U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims
Index, 1936-2007.” Accessed April 18, 2017.
Ancestry Library Edition.
 Longer newspaper articles, such as obituaries, were not common until the early
20th
century.
Goshen Weekly News, June 8, 1895. Accessed April 6, 2016. Newspaper Archive.
Auburn Courier, November 4, 1897. Accessed April 18, 2017. Newspaper Archive.
Terre Haute Saturday Spectator, October 29, 1919. Accessed April 18, 2017. Newspaper
Archive.
Camden Record News, March
8, 1945. Accessed April 6,
2016. Newspaper Archive.
Logansport Pharos-Tribune,
December 24, 1937. Accessed
April 6, 2016. Newspaper
Archive.
Hammond Times, May 5, 1952.
Accessed April 6, 2016. Newspaper
Archive.
Winslow Dispatch, February 17, 1922. Accessed April 6,
2016. Newspaper Archive.
Tipton Daily Tribune, December 20,
1928. Accessed April 19, 2017.
Newspaper Archive.
Dorrell, Ruth and Thomas D. Hamm, eds.
Abstracts of the Records of the Society of
Friends in Indiana, Vol. 2. Indianapolis:
Indiana Historical Society, 1996.
Zook, Haroldyne Schultz, comp. Berryman
Funeral Home Record. Anderson:
Berryman Funeral Home, 1985.
 Using cemetery information
 Original records—kept by the cemetery, if still extant
 Indexes—often in genealogy collections or online
 Index to original records or index made by survey
 Grave markers
Daughters of the American Revolution,
Benjamin Dubois Chapter.
Cemeteries in Union County, Indiana.
Liberty, IN: 1934.
“Mike Nisbet Grave Marker.”
Accessed May 5, 2017. Billion Graves.
“Mike Nisbet Grave Marker.”
Accessed May 5, 2017. Find a Grave.
 Two graves, side-by-side:
 One says: “Daughter of E. A. and G. B.
Vaughan, Died March 21, 1868”
 The other says: “Elizabeth Ann Wife of G. B.
Vaughan… Died March 23, 1868”
 Conclusion?
“Elizabeth Ann Vaughan Grave Marker.”
Accessed April 6, 2016. Find a Grave.
 “In Memory of David, Son of John & Ann
Ewbank who came to his death by the
falling of a tree, November 20, 1822,
Aged 23 years”
“David Ewbank Grave Marker.”
Accessed April 6, 2016. Find a Grave.
 Some tombstones list only a date of death
and the age of the decedent
 If the full age (years, months, days) is given,
a tombstone birth calculator may be useful
Ancestor Search Birthday Calculator.
Accessed May 5, 2017. Ancestor Search.
Ewbank, Richard L. and Louis B. Ewbank. John and Ann
Ewbank Family. Indianapolis: Self-published, 1947.
History of Knox and Daviess County, Indiana. Chicago:
Goodspeed, 1886.
Condict Family Bible Records. Indianapolis: Genealogy
Division, Indiana State Library. Digitized 2015.
 Hours:
 Monday-Wednesday, Friday:
8 am to 4:30 pm
 Thursday:
8 am to 7 pm
 Saturday:
10 am to 4 pm
 Closed Sundays and state holidays
 Location and Contact Info:
 Indiana State Library
Genealogy Division
315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
 (317) 232-3689
 Ask a question online:
www.in.gov/library/ask.htm
 Indiana State Library website:
www.in.gov/library
 Genealogy Division webpage:
www.in.gov/library/genealogy

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From Cradle to Coffin: Vital Records in Indiana

  • 1. Jamie Dunn ● Genealogy Division ● Indiana State Library
  • 2.  What are vital records?  What do we hope to learn?  Birthdate/death date  Place of birth/death  Parents’ names  Place of burial  Birth order  Cause of death  Religious or civil affiliations  Possibly additional information
  • 3.  Where were the records created?  Public records  Non-governmental records  Common problems  Availability  Accessibility  Errors
  • 4.  Where are they kept?  What can they tell us?  Who provided the information?  How do we get them?
  • 5.  Online databases  Indexes Indiana Works Progress Administration. WPA Index to Death Records for Clark County, Indiana. 1939.
  • 6. Bernece Tipps Birth Certificate, 1908. “Indiana Birth Certificates, 1907-1940.” Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library Edition.  Part 1: The child
  • 7.  Part 2: The parents Bernece Tipps Birth Certificate, 1908. “Indiana Birth Certificates, 1907-1940.” Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library Edition.
  • 8.  Part 3: The doctor Bernece Tipps Birth Certificate, 1908. “Indiana Birth Certificates, 1907-1940.” Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library Edition.
  • 9.  Part 1: Geography Catherine Achor Death Certificate, 1925. “Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011.” Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library Edition.
  • 10.  Part 2: The decedent Catherine Achor Death Certificate, 1925. “Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011.” Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library Edition.
  • 11.  Part 3: Cause of death Catherine Achor Death Certificate, 1925. “Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011.” Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library Edition.
  • 12.  Part 4: Funeral and burial Catherine Achor Death Certificate, 1925. “Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011.” Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library Edition.
  • 13.  Information provided varies by census.  The census itself contains only birth information, but death information can be found in the mortality schedules.  Indiana first appears in the census in 1820.  There are some extant state censuses, but they usually do not contain genealogically relevant information.
  • 14. “1820 United States Federal Census.” Palmyra Township, Knox County, Indiana. Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library Edition  1790-1840: Age ranges by gender, no birthplace
  • 15. “1850 United States Federal Census.” Subdivision of District No. 61, Knox County, Indiana. Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library Edition  1850-1880, 1910-1940: Age and birthplace of each individual
  • 16. “1900 United States Federal Census.” Steen Township, Knox County, Indiana. Accessed April 13, 2017. Ancestry Library Edition  1900: Month and year of birth and birthplace for each individual
  • 17.  Conducted as part of the census in 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880  Covered the “census year” (June 1, 1849 to May 31, 1850, etc.)  Not all states are online  Indiana’s schedules are available through the Indiana State Library Digital Collections
  • 18.  Sections (l-r):  Name of decedent  Age, gender, race  Marital status  Birthplace of decedent and parents  Job of decedent  Month and cause of death  Length of residence in county  Name of doctor 1880 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedule. Washington Township, Hamilton County, Indiana. Accessed April 13, 2017. Indiana State Library Digital Collections.
  • 19.  Used in cases of suspicious deaths or cases where the death might result in criminal proceedings McCoy, Marilyn. Monroe County Indiana Coroners Inquest, 1888-1973. Bloomington, IN: Monroe County Historical Society, Inc., 2001.
  • 20.  Includes birth and death information as well as biographical notes “U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014.” Accessed April 18, 2017. Ancestry Library Edition. “U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.” Accessed April 18, 2017. Ancestry Library Edition.
  • 21.  Longer newspaper articles, such as obituaries, were not common until the early 20th century. Goshen Weekly News, June 8, 1895. Accessed April 6, 2016. Newspaper Archive. Auburn Courier, November 4, 1897. Accessed April 18, 2017. Newspaper Archive.
  • 22. Terre Haute Saturday Spectator, October 29, 1919. Accessed April 18, 2017. Newspaper Archive.
  • 23. Camden Record News, March 8, 1945. Accessed April 6, 2016. Newspaper Archive. Logansport Pharos-Tribune, December 24, 1937. Accessed April 6, 2016. Newspaper Archive. Hammond Times, May 5, 1952. Accessed April 6, 2016. Newspaper Archive.
  • 24. Winslow Dispatch, February 17, 1922. Accessed April 6, 2016. Newspaper Archive. Tipton Daily Tribune, December 20, 1928. Accessed April 19, 2017. Newspaper Archive.
  • 25. Dorrell, Ruth and Thomas D. Hamm, eds. Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana, Vol. 2. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1996.
  • 26. Zook, Haroldyne Schultz, comp. Berryman Funeral Home Record. Anderson: Berryman Funeral Home, 1985.
  • 27.  Using cemetery information  Original records—kept by the cemetery, if still extant  Indexes—often in genealogy collections or online  Index to original records or index made by survey  Grave markers
  • 28. Daughters of the American Revolution, Benjamin Dubois Chapter. Cemeteries in Union County, Indiana. Liberty, IN: 1934.
  • 29. “Mike Nisbet Grave Marker.” Accessed May 5, 2017. Billion Graves. “Mike Nisbet Grave Marker.” Accessed May 5, 2017. Find a Grave.
  • 30.  Two graves, side-by-side:  One says: “Daughter of E. A. and G. B. Vaughan, Died March 21, 1868”  The other says: “Elizabeth Ann Wife of G. B. Vaughan… Died March 23, 1868”  Conclusion? “Elizabeth Ann Vaughan Grave Marker.” Accessed April 6, 2016. Find a Grave.
  • 31.  “In Memory of David, Son of John & Ann Ewbank who came to his death by the falling of a tree, November 20, 1822, Aged 23 years” “David Ewbank Grave Marker.” Accessed April 6, 2016. Find a Grave.
  • 32.  Some tombstones list only a date of death and the age of the decedent  If the full age (years, months, days) is given, a tombstone birth calculator may be useful Ancestor Search Birthday Calculator. Accessed May 5, 2017. Ancestor Search.
  • 33. Ewbank, Richard L. and Louis B. Ewbank. John and Ann Ewbank Family. Indianapolis: Self-published, 1947. History of Knox and Daviess County, Indiana. Chicago: Goodspeed, 1886.
  • 34. Condict Family Bible Records. Indianapolis: Genealogy Division, Indiana State Library. Digitized 2015.
  • 35.  Hours:  Monday-Wednesday, Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm  Thursday: 8 am to 7 pm  Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm  Closed Sundays and state holidays  Location and Contact Info:  Indiana State Library Genealogy Division 315 West Ohio Street Indianapolis, IN 46202  (317) 232-3689  Ask a question online: www.in.gov/library/ask.htm  Indiana State Library website: www.in.gov/library  Genealogy Division webpage: www.in.gov/library/genealogy