Source Information Indiana, U.S., WPA Birth Index, 1880-1920 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.
Original data: Works Progress Administration. Index to Birth Records. Indiana: Indiana Works Progress Administration, 1938-1940.

About Indiana, U.S., WPA Birth Index, 1880-1920

Birth records for the state of Indiana were recorded by the county health office beginning in 1882. The WPA began to index vital records, county-by-county for the entire state, but the agency was abolished before it was completed. This database indexes births for thirty-one of the counties indexed by the WPA. Taken from copies of the original works from the WPA, these records will prove useful for those seeking ancestors in the state of Indiana.

Counties included in this database are:

Adams, Allen, Boone, Cass, Clay, Davies, De Kalb, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jay, Johnson, Knox, Madison, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, Owen, Parke, Perry, Posey, Putnam, Spencer, Vanderburgh, Vigo, Warrick, and Washington Counties, Indiana.

Birth and death records were recorded by the county health office beginning in 1882 where they remain before mandatory recording with the state board of health began in October 1907 for births and January 1900 for deaths. Certified copies may be obtained from either the county heath department or the Division of Vital Records.

Taken from Indiana, Ancestry's Red Book by Carol L. Maki, edited by Alice Eichholz. (Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1992).