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Indiana Commission on Public Records

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Marriage and Divorce Records

MARRIAGE ILLUSTRATIONMarriage records from the territorial period to the present are maintained at the county level by the Clerks of the Circuit Court.

For pre-1850 marriage records, a database is available on the Indiana State Library website.

The State Library also has an online Statewide Marriage Index for marriages from 1958 onward.

Statewide marriage indexes for 1957-1992 are available on microfilm in the State Archives reading room. Statewide indexes for 1957-1997 are available in the State Library's Genealogy Division. The State Library also has a limited collection of various County level indexes  and microfilms available in the Genealogy Division. Also visit the VINE project on the Library's website.

An online search for Marion County marriage records from 1925 through the present is available at CivicNet, the Indianapolis/Marion County public web portal.

Divorce records from 1852 to the present are maintained by the clerks of the court at the county level. Previous to the second state constitution in 1852, a divorce could only be granted as an act of the state legislature.


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Birth and Death Records

BabyThe State of Indiana did not require birth and death records until 1882. For birth records between 1882-1906 researchers must contact the County Health Office where the birth occurred. A list of County Health Officials is available online through the State Board of Health.

Birth records for 1907 or later and Death records for 1900 or later are available through the State Department of Health and may be ordered online.

The Indiana State Library has limited WPA birth and death indexes for about half of Indiana’s 92 counties available in the Genealogy Division.

For Birth and Death information previous to 1882, researchers should look for local newspapers and religious affiliations to which to the family might have belonged. Many historical newspapers are available through the Indiana State Library. (subscription required) maintains digital collections of several Indiana newspapers.

Probate records are also a good source for proving family relationship, and can be located in the County Clerk's Office where the legal process occurred.


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Adoption Records

The Indiana State Archives does not have access to final adoption information. For more information please visit the State Board of Health's website.

Court Records regarding adoptions, previous to 1941, are available in court order books at the County Clerk's Office, and are a matter of public record.

The State Archives has a collection of more than 10,000 files for children who were fostered through the Board of State Charities during the years 1892-1910. Additional resources are available for the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children’s Home, The Julia Work Center, and The Rose Orphans’ Home.

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Links last updated April 11, 2012