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Genealogy certificates are records that are 75 years or older.
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This depends on the city of death. You would seek the local health department in the city/state in which that person passed away in.
If the person passed in East Chicago you would contact the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8413
The East Chicago Health Department located at:100 W Chicago AvenueSuite 100 AEast Chicago, IN 46312
You can obtain the certificate with 3 methods; office visit, mail, or online. Refer to how you can obtain the certificate.
If the person passed away in Gary you would contact the Gary Health Department at 219-882-5565. The Gary Health Department is located at:1145 W 5th AvenueGary, IN 46402
If the person passed away in Lake County elsewhere than East Chicago or Gary, you must contact the Lake County Health Department at 219-755-3655. The Lake County Health Department is located at:2900 W 93rd AvenueCrown Point, IN 46307
This depends on relation.
State law dictates No aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, ex-spouse, step parent (not listed on certificate), or non-relative may pick up a certificate without power of attorney or direct interest documentation.
You will need appropriate documentation in order to receive someone’s death certificate. You will also need to know the exact date or a specific range of dates of the death. All death records are stored by date, not name of the deceased. If you are not sure of the date, you may contact the cemetery for the burial date. The Health Department does not provide vouchers for certificates.
No aunts, uncles, cousins, niece, nephew, ex-spouse, or non-relations may obtain a death certificate unless you have a legal letter from an agency that lists both your name and the deceased such as:
Two to four weeks or depending on the circumstances of the passing the hospital, attending physicians, or coroners will generate the certificate when the mode of death or investigation has concluded. The funeral home is the responsible party for all details on the certificate, the health department is only responsible for printing the certificate. Call our office at 219-391-8413 to verify if the certificate has been generated.
Call the attending funeral home. The East Chicago Health Department is not responsible for generating any details on the certificate. Details are generated by those directly involved in the procedures. Contact the attending funeral home if any detail is incorrect.
If you are unsure of who to contact call the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8413 for direction.
You can only come into the office if the deceased passed away in the city of East Chicago. Depending on your relation to the person you will need different documents. Refer to who can obtain a death certificate and what you will need. If you do not have valid ID, please refer to which documents you will need.
To request a death certificate via the mail, submit the following to the Health Department:
Mail ordering is still dependent upon State Laws concerning valid identification and familiar relation.
You may print the following certificate to include in your mail items: English Death Certificate Spanish Death Certificate
Depending on the location you are mailing from we advise the round trip mail to be between 10 and 16 business days.
There will be a difference in price for online ordering versus mail or office visit, and it will require a fax. Online ordering is faster than mail ordering but will come at slight fee increase. There is regular mail shipping or UPS overnight shipping available.
Online ordering is still dependent upon State Laws concerning valid identification and familiar relation.
You may call the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8413 to verify we have received your fax.