Indiana, Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Indiana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Death Index
Collection years 1882-1920
FamilySearch Resources
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Archive
the Indiana State Board of Health, Division of Vital Records in Indianapolis


What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of a death index from the Indiana State Board of Health, Division of Vital Records in Indianapolis. The index is provided by Ancestry.com. The collection includes records from 1882 to 1920.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

The index lists the following information:

  • Age at Death
  • Estimated Birth Year
  • DGS Number
  • Date of Death
  • Certificate Number or page number
  • GSU Film Number
  • Image number
  • Name of Deceased
  • Name of Father
  • Name of Mother
  • Name of Spouse
  • Place of Death
  • Sex
  • Page Number

Collection Content

An example of the information that may be included on an indexed record:

John P. Smith Indiana Death Index
Name John P. Smith
Event Type Death
Event Date 09 Sep 1912
Event Place Greenfield, Indiana
Age 74
Birth Year (Estimated) 1838
Gender Male
Race W
Affiliate Repository Place County Health Office, Hancock County Department of Health
Source Reference The source of this record...Indiana Works Progress Administration

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


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What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Cite the record just in case you need to find it later. See below for help citing this collection.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. You could get a copy of the original record from the the Indiana State Board of Health, Division of Vital Records in Indianapolis.
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Indiana Death Index 1882-1920." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. From "Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920." Database. Ancestry. http://www.ancestry.com : 2003. Citing Indiana Words Projects Administration.


Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920.


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