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Death Records

You may submit your Vanderburgh County Death records (prior to 1900) to me. I will post those on the submitted death records page with your email address.

If you have any death record lists, please send them in to me to add to this section.

Indiana did not require Birth or Death Certifications until 1882.

WPA Indexes are available for Vanderburgh County Birth and Death Records, the WPA Index covers the years 1882 to 1920.

Browning Funeral Home Records are an index to Evansville's newspaper obituaries from the 1920's to the present. Willard Library has the records on microfilm, listed by alphabetical order. The records from the 1920's to the present are online.

You can also check Browning Genealogy & Local History for obituaries and more.

Delayed Birth Certificates were issued by Vanderburgh County Superior Court to people who produced evidence of their birthplace (birthplace could be outside of Vanderburgh County) and birth date in order to receive a birth certificate enabling them to work for a defense industry during World War II. 25,000 certificates were issued during the war years. These records (approx. 10,000) are on microfilm with an index at Willard Library

Search the Social Security Death Index to help you find a date of death.

Ordering Death Certificates

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:

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
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.)

I hope this helps,

Terry winchester
Evansville, Indiana