Indiana, Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920
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Indiana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Death Index
Collection years 1882-1920
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
the Indiana State Board of Health, Division of Vital Records in Indianapolis

What is in This 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 The collection includes records from 1882 to 1920.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:


  • 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 This Collection?

Before searching this collection, 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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Search for the death certificate
  • Search for an obituary and cemetery record
  • Use the information found in the index to search for census records
  • Search for other vital records, such as birth and marriage
  • Search for land and probate records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • 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

Record Finder

Consult the Indiana Record Finder to search other records

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Indiana Death Index 1882-1920." Database. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. From "Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920." Database. Ancestry. : 2003. Citing "The source of this record is the book CSS-2 on page 113 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration." Various County Health Office.
Record Citation:
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