Whitley County Courthouse Clocktower - Photograph by Rebeckah R. Wiseman Index to Transcribed Death Records
1882-1930
Whitley County, Indiana

Over the years, several volumes of transcribed Death Records from the Whitley County Department of Health have been published. A combined index to these records is presented here. No attempt has been made to verify the accuracy of the previously published transcriptions.

Copies of the books that were used are listed below and can be found at the Peabody Public Library in Columbia City, the Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City, and the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne.

Copies of the original records can be ordered from:
     Whitley County Health Department
     220 W Van Buren Suite 111
     Columbia City, IN 46725
     (Telephone: 260-248-3121)

Certified copies of Death Certificates are $6 each. However, the Health Department has created a card file of abstracted records and copies of these cards are available for $.25 per sheet (3-5 cards per sheet). Enclose a SASE with your request.

This index was typed by Beverly Henley and provides the following information:
       Surname, Given Name ~ Date of Death ~ (Book:Page ~ RefCode:Page)

Within the parentheses "Book:Page" refers to the book being indexed. The "RefCode:Page" refers to the Record Book and Page at the Department of Health as noted in the book being indexed. Please reference the information for each printed volume below to determine the meaning of these codes.

EXPLANATION OF CODES USED IN THIS INDEX:
    (P-1:1 ~ 1-A:13) indicates that the entry is on page 1 of the 1882-1899 book by Mildred Pence and on page 13 in Record Book 1-A at the Health Department.
    (P-2:1 ~ Busco 1:9) identifies the record as being on page 1 of the 1900-1920 book by Mildred Pence and on page 9 of Churubusco Book 1 at the Health Department.
    (WW:1 ~ Not Provided) shows that the entry is on page 1 of the Wallace Williamson and Grace Merchant book. They did not include any references regarding where the information came from.
    (SH:2 ~ C1:81) indicates that it is on page 2 of the 1921-1930 book by P. J. Shoda and came from page 81 of Columbia City Book 1 at the Health Department.


There Were Four Books Used in Creating This Index

(P-1) Whitley County, Indiana Death Records 1882-1899 by Mildred Geiger Pence, no date
Transcriptions of deaths recorded in the Whitley County Board of Health from 1882 through 1899. It includes Record Book 1-A, some of Book 1-B and some from Churubusco Book 1. If there was any doubt about the spelling of a name she added a question mark. Those question marks have been retained in this index. All information in the original death record except for the cause of death was recorded in this book.
    RefCodes used in the index for this book are:
      1-A = Record Book 1-A
      1-B = Record Book 1-B
      Busco-1 = Churubusco Book 1
      SW 1 = South Whitley Book 1
      A few records just had a 1 for the book; I have no way of knowing to which book they refer.

(P-2) Whitley County, Indiana Death Records 1900-1920 by Mildred Geiger Pence, no date
Transcriptions in this book include all information in the original death record except for the cause of death.
    RefCodes used in the index for this book are:
      2-A = County Book 2-A
      2-B = County Book 2-B
      Busco 1 = Churubusco Book 1
      City 1 = Columbia City Book 1
      SW 1 = South Whitley Book 1
      SWBD 1 = South Whitley Birth Death Book 1

(WW) Index to Deaths Recorded in Whitley Co., Indiana 1882-1907 by Wallace Williamson and Grace Merchant, 1965
Typed by the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Fort Wayne, Indiana, the preface states that the records covering the years 1882-1899 were copied at the Whitley Co., Indiana Board of Health at Columbia City, Indiana. Those covering the years 1900-1907 were copied at the Indiana State Board of Health at Indianapolis, Indiana. Because this too is an index, it contains less information than the books by Mildred Pence. It includes the name of the deceased, race, sex, date of death, age of death and names of parents (if the information was in the original record). Please note that this book does not include a reference to the Record Book and Page Number for the individual records.

Although there is some “overlapping” of transcriptions between this book and the first book by Mildred Pence it was decided to include all transcriptions since there were sometimes differences in interpretation. In addition, they both seem to have some records that the other doesn’t!

(SH) Death Records, Whitley County Board of Health, Columbia City, Indiana 1921-1930 Compiled from Original Records by P. J. Shoda, 2000.
    RefCodes used in the index for this book are:
      B = Churubusco Book 1 (1899-1937)
      C1 = Columbia City Book 1 (January 1908 - November 1932)
      2B = County Book 2 B (January 1915 – June 1925)
      3 = County Book 3 (July 1925 – July 1934)
      W1 = South Whitley Book 1 (1902-1933)


INDEX TO TRANSCRIBED DEATH RECORDS 1882-1930

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