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Vital Records in the United States
by Kip Sperry

Civil vital records—births, marriages, and deaths—in America began to be recorded at different time periods in different localities. New England town clerks recorded vital events as early as the 1600s, while in other localities in the United States, such as in the southern and western states, vital records were first kept in the late 1800s or early 1900s.

Vital Information Without Vital Registration
by Patricia Law Hatcher, CG, FASG

A birth certificate is the result of modern legislated vital registration. It provides us with the key elements we want for a birth record: full names of child, father, and mother (maybe with maiden name); exact place and date of birth. As our research pushes backwards in time, we learn that such records were never created.

Beyond Vital Records
by Curt B. Witcher

Among the records that come to mind when researching family history are vital records. These documents are the ones to which we most often look to pull together our family groups. But often, family historians are so focused on actual civil vital records that they miss the multitude of other records that are available to help document births, marriages, deaths, and other life events of our ancestors.

United States Vital Records Room

We've cataloged addresses, online and offline public records for each county. All counties are displayed with both the year of establishment and county seat clearly identified, and links to state/county web sites are included where available.

Alabama Vital Records
Alaska Vital Records
Arizona Vital Records
Arkansas Vital Records
California Vital Records
Colorado Vital Records
Connecticut Vital Records
Delaware Vital Records
Florida Vital Records
Georgia Vital Records
Hawaii Vital Records
Idaho Vital Records
Illinois Vital Records
Indiana Vital Records
Iowa Vital Records
Kansas Vital Records
Kentucky Vital Records
Louisiana Vital Records
Maine Vital Records
Maryland Vital Records
Massachusetts Vital Records
Michigan Vital Records
Minnesota Vital Records
Mississippi Vital Records
Missouri Vital Records

Montana Vital Records
Nebraska Vital Records
Nevada Vital Records
New Hampshire Vital Records
New Jersey Vital Records
New Mexico Vital Records
New York Vital Records
North Carolina Vital Records
North Dakota Vital Records
Ohio Vital Records
Oklahoma Vital Records
Oregon Vital Records
Pennsylvania Vital Records
Rhode Island Vital Records
South Carolina Vital Records
South Dakota Vital Records
Tennessee Vital Records
Texas Vital Records
Utah Vital Records
Vermont Vital Records
Virginia Vital Records
Washington Vital Records
West Virginia Vital Records
Wisconsin Vital Records
Wyoming Vital Records

 

 

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