Through a partnership with Ancestry.com, the Indiana Archives and Records Administration has made nearly 17 million birth, death and marriage records in Indiana available digitally. IARA Director Jim Corridan says, without Ancestry’s help, digitizing the records would have cost more than $5 million.
The project, which began in October 2014, was a collaboration among the IARA, the Indiana State Department of Health and Ancestry.com. The new collections available online include Indiana marriage records from 1958-2005, Indiana death records from 1900-2011 and Indiana birth certificates from 1907-1940.
"As we honor Indiana’s past and celebrate its future in our Bicentennial year, we’re excited to release the largest amount of digitized government content to the public in state history," said Governor Mike Pence. "This initiative serves not only present-day Hoosiers by improving accessibility to records, but also future Hoosiers as they reflect on our state’s history in the years to come."
Corridan adds the project would have taken more than a decade to complete without Ancestry’s aid. Most of the records are available now at Ancestry.com and at the Indiana State Archives in Indianapolis.