Collection: United States Vital Records

New Jersey Marriage Index 1901-2016

Alec Ferretti, a budding genealogist, took upon himself the task of filing an OPRA request with the New Jersey Department of Health, seeking the marriage indices that legally should have been made available to the public (based on the law) but had not been. After being denied his request, he sought the help of genealogist’s newest friends, Reclaim the Records. They with their legal team helped Alec successfully challenge the denial, and to make this story short, though it wasn’t, they were able to get the indices available opened to the public and published on Archive.org. The setup at archive, not being conducive to a quick search, I have provided the links straight to the data, along with explanation text as provided by Reclaim the Records.

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Free Massachusetts Town Vital Records

This is a collection of 191 free town vital records books, otherwise known as “Tan Books” for Massachusetts towns. Generally these records go up to 1849/1850 at which, the genealogist can use the census records to assist in identifying the family connections further. Included with this article is an account of why and how these manuscripts were published.

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Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records

Most Connecticut researchers are as familiar with the Barbour Collection of town records as Massachusetts researchers are with their “tan books” of town vital records. For those not familiar, in short, the Barber Collection provides a transcription and index of pre-1870 Connecticut vital records on a town by town basis. The Lucius Barnes Barbour Collection, as it is officially known has been housed in the Connecticut State Library since Lucius created it. For non local researchers, microfilm copies have been widely distributed over the years. Finally, it’s now becoming available online in an even wider distribution. The 123 volumes are arranged in alphabetical order according to town name. Within each town, the records are arranged in alphabetical order according to surname. Each marriage record is so arranged that all the vital records for a person is together, so birth and death records may also be found within the marriage records database. Unfortunately, it’s not all available online for free. We have provided the links for each town below depending on it’s availability at a free website, and then as a backup to Ancestry if the specific resource is not available for free.

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Michigan Divorce Records from 1897-1952

Michigan began requiring divorce records to be recorded on a county level in 1897, however, some counties began recording them as early as 1892.There are two sets of information for this database. The first, comprises images, and an index to those images, of Michigan divorce records for the years of 1897-1938; the second contains only an index of records from 1939-1952. In total, however, you have access to divorce records issued in Michigan for the years 1897-1952, and a few earlier then that.

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Social Security Death Index

The Social Security Death Index provides birth date, death date, last known residence, and where the last payment was sent for persons who received benefits from the Social Security Administration. Approximately 98% of the people in this index died after 1962; the earliest date died in 1937. Those who held social security numbers but did not receive benefits or whose death was not reported to the administration, will not be listed. This index will help you pinpoint the date an ancestor died or at least narrow it to a month and year, making it easier to obtain the right death certificate from a county or state record office.

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Wyoming 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. Vital Records Services Hathaway Building Cheyenne, WY 82002 (307) 777-7591 Fax: (307) 635-4103 Birth  $12.00 MAIL-IN REQUESTS – Requests should be submitted along with the fee. Money orders or a personalized check from the person making the request should be made payable to Vital Records Services. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the application.  Birth Application Requests must include the following information: Full name on birth record Date of birth City or county of birth Full names of both parents including mother’s maiden name Signature of parent or the individual themselves if over the age of 18 Mailing address where record is to be mailed Birth certificates can be obtained by: Registrant if 18 years of age Either parent named on the certificate Lawyer representing the registrant or parent(s) Legal guardian with guardianship papers Birth records are on file since 1909. Death  $12.00 MAIL-IN REQUESTS – Requests should...

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Wisconsin 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. Ancestry.com  Wisconsin State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records. Deaths Ancestry.com  Wisconsin Deaths, 1820-1907 This database indexes over 435,000 deaths recorded in the state of Wisconsin prior to 1907. Wisconsin is one of few states to have a wide-spread index of records prior to establishment of a state vital records office. However, it is important to note that there will be some records at the county level not included in this statewide index. Taken from the index created by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Vital Records Division this database will prove useful to those seeking ancestors in early Wisconsin. (Requires Ancestry.com Membership) Get 14 Days Free Access!!! Wisconsin State Vital Records Office Wisconsin Division of Health Vital Records P.O. Box 309 Madison, WI 53701-0309 (608) 266-1371 Make check or money order payable to Vital...

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West Virginia 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. Ancestry.com  West Virginia State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records.  Get 14 Days Free Access!!! Vital Registration, Division of Health 350 Capitol St, Rm. 165 Charleston, WV 25301-3701 (304) 558-2931 Info:  (304) 558-2931 Fax: (304) 343-2169 Births  $5.00 In terms of obtaining vital records, West Virginia is not an “open record” state. Access to certified copies of birth certificates is restricted to the following individuals: The registrant (person named on the certificate) as long as they are 18 years or older or are emancipated by court order or marriage Mother or father as listed on the certificate or current step-parent of registrant Legal guardian (submit copy of guardianship papers) Registrant’s spouse Children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc of the registrant (including half and step relationships) Brother or sister of the registrant (including half and step relationships) Mother-in-law /...

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Washington 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. Ancestry.com  Washington State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records.  Get 14 Days Free Access!!! Washington State Department of Health Center for Health Statistics P.O. Box 9709 Olympia, WA 98507-9709 (360) 236-4300  Info Make check or money order payable to Department of Health. There is a $13.00 charge for every ten year search (death, marriage, or divorce only) In the event no record is found, an $8 search fee will be retained for each certificate. Birth  $13.00  Since July 1, 1907  Order Form Death  $13.00  Since July 1, 1907  Order Form Before July 1, 1907  Should be available from the County Clerk in the county where death occurred. Marriage and  Divorce  $13.00  Since Jan 1, 1968  Order Form Before 1968  Should be available for $2.00 from the County Auditor in the county where the license was issued or the divorce was...

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Virginia 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. Division of Vital Records State Health Department PO Box 1000 Richmond, VA 23208-1000 Check or money order should be made payable to State Health Department. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is  (804) 786-6228 . This is a recorded message. Ancestry.com  Virginia State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records.  Get 14 Days Free Access!!! Ancestry Message Board Browse the new Ancestry/RootsWeb message boards.  For Obituaries, Click on the Obituaries link. Births  $8.00 State office has records from January 1853 to December 1896 and beginning June 14, 1912. Only the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, and Richmond have records between 1896 and June 14, 1912. Deaths  $8.00 State office has records from January 1853 to December 1896 and beginning June 14, 1912. Only the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, and Richmond have...

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Vermont 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. Ancestry.com  Vermont State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records.  Get 14 Days Free Access!!! Vermont Deaths, 1989-96 Addison County, Vermont, Cemetery Records, Vol. II-III State office has records for the latest 10 years: Vermont Department of Health Vital Records Section Box 70 108 Cherry Street Burlington, VT 05402 Cost:$7.00 Check or money order should be made payable to Vermont Department of Health. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is  (802) 863-7275 . Records prior to the latest 10 years. Division of Public Records US Route 2 – Middlesex Drawer 33 Montpelier, VT 05633 Check or money order should be made payable to General Services.. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is  (802) 828-3286 . Vital records are maintained by two state agencies: the Health Department and the Division of...

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Utah 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. Utah Vital Records Birth Records Birth Records Available: The State Office began filing birth certificates in 1905 for persons born in Utah. Restrictions: Applicant must maintain that they are one of the following: Self Mother Father Sibling Child Grandparent Grandchild Other: Must provide reason for requesting the certificate. Cost: Search fee (includes one certified copy) – $15.00 Each additional copy of the same record – $8.00 Information Required: Please provide as much of the following information as possible for us to locate the birth certificate: View and print an application for a certified copy of a birth certificate If event occurred from 1890 to 1904 in Salt Lake City or Ogden, write to City Board of Health. For records elsewhere in the State from 1898 to 1904, write to County Clerk in county where event occurred. Send To: Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vital...

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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  $22.00 State office has records beginning 1903. Texas Birth Certificates$ Found here are Texas Birth Certificates from the years 1903 – 1910, and 1926 – 1929. To browse these records search by county, year, and then surname, beginning with the first letters of the last name of the person sought. Those unsure of the year or location should use the search box under the browse menu. The record’s can be searched by the parent’s first and last name (including the mother’s maiden name), year, county, and city. They include the child and parent’s full names, residence, occupations, age, time and date of birth. They also include the delivering physician’s name. Check or money order should be made payable to Texas Department Of Health. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone...

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Tennessee 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. The Tennessee Vital Records Office keeps birth records for 100 years and death, marriage, and divorce records for 50 years; after that time, the records are sent to the Tennessee State Library and Archives for public access and family research. Tennessee State law dictates that certified copies of their records can only be provided to the person named on the certificate or certain family members.  However, verification of information from their records (excluding cause of death) can be provided to any requester.  If you wish verification of information from our records you should complete the appropriate form (birth, death, marriage, divorce) and mail it along with the required fee to: Tennessee Vital Records 1st Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, TN 37243 Some earlier birth and death records are available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Early Tennessee county records including marriages can also be...

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South Dakota 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. South Dakota Birth Records DatabaseThis site contains information from birth records with birth dates of over 100 years of age as required by South Dakota Codified Law 34-25-8. At this time this site contains 99,461 records Ancestry.com  South Dakota State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records. South Dakota State Vital Records Office Vital Records, Dept of Health 600 East Capitol Pierre, SD 57501-2536 (605) 773-4961 Make check or money order payable to South Dakota Department of Health. Birth  Death $10.00  Since July 1905 The State Office has access to other records for some events that occurred before 1905. If the records are not available at the State office, they should be available from the Register of Deeds in the county where the event occurred. Fees vary. Marriage  Divorce  $7.00 You may complete a record request and submit...

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