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Vital Records

Joni Young - Registrar
The Vital Records division is charged with the registration, maintenance and issuance of birth and death records for Putnam County. This office provides certified copies of birth and death records for events occurring in Putnam County and is available from 1882 to present.

A certified birth certificate is the legal registration of a birth and is only issued by county or state government. Persons must obtain their birth certificate from the county or state in which they were born.

A certified record of death can only be obtained from the county in which the individual passed away, no matter where he/she was buried. Costs for obtaining birth/death certificates and application procedures may vary from one Health Department to another.

How to obtain a birth and death certificates


The genealogy search of family history is a growing interest to many people not only in our community but all across the country. The Putnam County Health Department, in an effort to make the vital records of our county more accessible, has built a customer friendly computer database resource. Vital records in Putnam County are from 1882 to present. Our computer database has all the birth records completed. While we are working as quickly as we can, the database for the death records is only complete from 1948 to present. We can still generate the death records for all requested individuals who died in the county, but the records from 1882 to 1949 will need to be requested on an individual bases and entered into the database as they are requested until all records are entered. We also have index books that allows the customer to research family history by name and date of birth or death to help establish if the family member's record is indeed in Putnam County.

We look forward to helping you with your family history search.
For more information please call 765-658-2782.

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