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Texas Vital Records

Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.

Texas Bureau of Vital Records
Texas Department of Health
PO Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040

Birth  $22.00

State office has records beginning 1903.

Check or money order should be made payable to Texas Department Of Health. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (512) 458-7111 . This is a recorded message.

Death  $20.00

State office has records beginning 1903.Additional copies of same death record ordered at same time are $3.00 each.

Check or money order should be made payable to Texas Department Of Health. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (512) 458-7111 . This is a recorded message.

Divorce  $20.00

State office has records beginning January 1968. Certified copies are not available from State office. Fee is for search and verification of essential facts.

Marriage  $20.00

State office has records beginning January 1966. Certified copies are not available from State office. Fee is for search and verification of essential facts.

Alternatively, you may contact the County Clerk’s or Local Registrar’s Office in the county where the birth or death took place.