27 October 2009
Avoid Disappointment: Call Ahead!
On a trip to Greene County, Indiana, in early October, NGS President Jan Alpert went to the county health department in search of a death certificate for an ancestor. She reports, "I arrived about 3:00 p.m. and was told I would be the last person to have access to the records until next year. Why? The county was preparing for H1N1 flu shots, and they needed the space normally used for genealogists requesting death certificates to administer flu shots. The records were being boxed up - until further notice. So, if you have a research trip planned, call ahead to make sure the vital records will be available."