Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get assistance with genealogy research?
Under State statute (IC 16-37-1-11 and IC 16-37-1-11.5), the fee associated with a birth or death certificate is for the ISDH Vital Records office to search the records to determine if a record is on file. The search fee includes one copy of the certificate, if the record is found, and search fees are non-refundable.
Indiana Law (IC 16-37-1-10) specifically requires a purchaser of a birth certificate to have a “direct interest.” A direct interest is defined as a documented personal, financial, or legal interest in the record, or immediate kinship (parent, grandparent, or adult sibling) to the person named on the record.
You can also call VitalChek toll-free at 1-800-255-2414 and “zero out.”
The Indiana State Library may be able to assist, as well. Their web address is http://www.in.gov/library/. They may be contacted at 140 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 or (317) 232-3689.
Another option is the Allen County (Indiana) Public Library, which has the second largest genealogy collection in the United States. Their web address is www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy.