The Indiana Vital Records Association (IVRA) was established in September 1999. The Association is unique, as it is/was the only association for local County Registrars in the United States. The Association organized after a group of Registrars in Northeast Indiana began meeting on a quarterly basis to discuss vital records issues.
Through this networking, it was apparent that several Registrars shared the same problems and concerns, which was further complicated by not finding easy attainable answers. The group focused on ways to standardize procedural and recording issues, as well as the most effective avenue to protect the integrity of the vital records. Because vital records are governed by State and Federal laws, the group believed their concerns would be more effective if heard as a united voice. The idea of becoming an association was presented to Registrars at the 1998 ISDH Vital Records Fall Workshops. The consensus was unanimous to proceed with organization and thus the Indiana Vital Records Association was established.