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Collection: United States Vital Records

Michigan Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. Michigan State Vital Records Office Vital Records Requests Michigan Dept of Community Health 3423 N. Martin Luther King Blvd P. O. Box 30195 Lansing, MI 48909 (517) 335-8666 Fax: (517) 321-5884 Fill out the appropriate application form from the MDCH web site. Make check or money order payable to State of Michigan. Faxed requests are $5 additional and the turnaround time is two days.  The faxed request must include your name, credit card number, expiration date and your signature. Copies of most records since 1867 may also be obtained from the County Clerk in the county where the event occurred. Fees vary. Ancestry.com  Michigan State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records.  Get 14 Days Free Access!!! Birth  $26.00  Since 1867  Order Form Death    $26.00 ...

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Massachusetts Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. Registry of Vital Records and Statistics 150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Fl. Dorchester, MA 02125-3105 Main Telephone:  (617) 740-2600 The cited fee is for mail requests; other requests may be less expensive. Check or money order should be made payable to Registry of Vital Records. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is  (617) 753-8600 . This will be a recorded message. Mail order Form (Requires Acrobat Reader) Birth Cost: $18.00 State office has records beginning 1901. For earlier records, write to The Massachusetts Archives. Death Cost: $18.00 State office has records beginning 1901. For earlier records, write to The Massachusetts Archives. Ancestry Message Board Browse the new Ancestry/RootsWeb message boards.  For Wills, Click on the Wills link. The Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Virginia Analysis of Selected Wills Divorce ...

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Maryland Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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 Department of Health & Mental Hygiene 6550 Reisterstown Road Plaza Baltimore MD 21215-0020 (410) 764-3069 (410) 318-6119  recording Make check or money order payable to Division of Vital Records. The Division of Vital Records office will not do research for genealogical studies. Must apply to: State of Maryland Archives 350 Rowe Blvd. Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 260-6400 Ancestry.com Maryland State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records.  Get 14 Days Free Access!!! Birth and Death  $15.00 Per search  Since Aug 1898 Records for City of Baltimore are available from January 1875. Birth $15.00 per search  Since 1875 for Baltimore City 1898 for Maryland counties. Order Form Death $15.00 per search  Since 1875 for Baltimore City 1898 for Maryland counties. Order Form...

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Maine Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. Maine Department of Health and Human Services State House Station 11 Augusta, ME 04333-0011 Check or money order should be made payable to Treasurer, State of Maine. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is  (207)287-3184 . Maine State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records.  Get 14 Days Free...

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Louisiana Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. Louisiana Vital Records Registry PO Box 60630 New Orleans, LA 70160 (504) 568-5152  recording Fax: (504) 568-5391 Make check or money order payable to Vital Records. Include phone number(s) and SASE in request. Louisiana State Archives 3851 Essen Lane PO Box 94125 Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125 (225) 922-1208 If no record is on file, a search fee equivalent to the cost of one copy of the record will be charged. Ancestry.com Louisiana State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records.  Get 14 Days Free Access!!!   Birth Card  $9.00  Since July 1914  Order Form Birth Certificate $15.00 Death $5.00 From Vital Records Registry Records for City of New Orleans are available since 1892. Louisiana Death Records You can search the Louisiana Death Records Index Database...

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Kentucky Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. Kentucky State Vital Records Office   Office of Vital Statistics 275 East Main Street Frankfort, KY 40621 (502) 564-4212 Fax: (502) 227-0032 Online Kentucky Vital Records Index – Deaths (1911-1992), Marriage & Divorces(1973-1993) Ancestry.com Kentucky State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records. Birth $10.00  Since Jan 1911  Order Form Some records are available before 1911 for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport. Death $6.00  Since Jan 1911  Order Form Some records are available before 1911 for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport. 1852 Fayette County Deaths Marriage $6.00  Since June 1958  Order Form If the records are not available at the State office, they should be available from the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county where the license...

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Kansas Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. Kansas State Vital Records Office Office of Vital Statistics 900 S W Jackson Topeka, KS 66612 (785) 296-1400 Email: info@kdhe.state.ks.us Make check or money order payable to State Registrar of Vital Statistics. For earlier records, write to County Clerk in county where event occurred. Ancestry.com Kansas State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records.  Get 14 Days Free Access!!! Birth $12.00  Since July 1911 Death $13.00  Since July 1911 Please send the following information along with your request for a death certificate: Name of deceased, date of death, place of death, relationship to deceased, reason for request, daytime ph #, SS# or other identifying #. Marriage  Divorce $12.00  Since July 1911 Anderson County, KS, Marriages, 1857-94 – Free Search This database is a collection of...

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Iowa Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Vital Records Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor 321 E. 12th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075 515 281-5787515 281-5787 How to request a certified record by phone How to request a certified record by mail Application To verify current fees the phone number is: 515281-5787 Make money order or check payable to Bureau of Vital Records and mail to: Bureau of Vital Records Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor 321 E. 12th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075 The Iowa State Board of Health was established on July 1, 1880. To secure a certified copy of a record from the county-of-event, applicants must have direct or tangible interest in the record. In other words, you must be the registrant (person named on the record) or have a lineal relationship to...

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Indiana Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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 Section State Department of Health 1330 West Michigan Street PO Box 7125 Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125 Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $1.00 each. For earlier records, write to Health Officer in city or county where event occurred. Check or money order should be made payable to Indiana State Department of Health. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (317) 383-6274 . Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available at: http://www.in.gov/isdh/ Ancestry.com Indiana State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records.  Get 14 Days Free Access!!! Births State office has birth records beginning October 1907. Cost: $10.00 Deaths State office has death records beginning October 1907. Cost: $8.00 Indiana State Library...

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Illinois Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. Illinois Dept. of Public Health Division of Vital Records 605 W. Jefferson St. Springfield, IL 62702 (217) 782-6554 Make money order, certified check or personal check payable to Illinois. If your request is mailed via regular US Mail the turn around rate is 3 Weeks. If your request is sent via a speedy service (eg: Overnight, second day etc) then it is processed immediately and requested document is sent to you within 2 business days. The fee for a search of the State files is $15.00. If the record is found, one certification is issued at no additional charge. Illinois State Archives Margaret Cross Norton Building Capitol Complex Springfield, IL 62756 (217) 782-4682 There will be no charge for uncertified photocopies of the records. There is a limit to 2 names per request and you must...

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Idaho Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. Idaho Center for Vital Statistics 450 W. State St., 1st Floor PO Box 83720 Boise, ID 83720 (208) 334-5988 Fax: (208) 389-9096 Make personal check or money order payable to Idaho Vital Statistics. Idaho requires a copy of a picture ID, or copies of two forms of ID that have your signature such as a cancelled check and social security card. For $10.00 extra you can fax the request and pay by credit card. There is an additional $5 for Special Handling. Their hours are 8-5 pm Mountain time (M-F) except Holidays. Heirloom Birth Certificates are no longer offered. Ancestry.com Idaho State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records. Get 14 Days Free Access!!! Birth and Death $13.00 Since July 1911 For records from 1907...

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Hawaii Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. Hawaii State Vital Records Office State Dept of HealthOffice of Health Status Monitoring Vital Records Section P. O. Box 3378 Honolulu, HI 96801 (808) 586-4533 recording Email: vr-info@mail.health.state.hi.us Make certified cashier’s check or money order payable to Hawaii State Department of Health. If a record is not found after a search has been conducted, all fees collected will be retained. The fee covers the cost of the search. Ancestry.com Hawaii 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 records (birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates) for events that occurred in Hawaii are received and preserved by the Office of Health Status Monitoring, a unit of the Department of Health. In Hawaii, access to vital records is restricted by statute...

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Georgia Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. When did the state start collecting vital records? The state vital records office maintains birth and death records filed from 1919 to the present. Marriage applications and licenses from 1952-1996 are also on file. No divorce records are on file at the state office, however, an index of divorce events from 1952 to the present is available. Some counties may have older birth, death, marriage, or divorce records in their files, but county files only contain records of vital events that occurred in that county. Georgia Department of Vital Records 2600 Skyland Drive Atlanta, GA 30319-3640 (404) 679-4702 How do I request a vital record?  Request a birth certificate  Request a death certificate  Request a certified copy of a marriage application and license  Request confirmation of a divorce Where can I find other historical information? For...

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Florida Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. Office of Vital Statistics, Dept of Health Dept of Health P.O. Box 210, 1217 Pearl Street Jacksonville, FL 32231 (904) 359-6900 Make check payable to Office of Vital Statistics Ancestry.com Florida State Database A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census, obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records. Birth $9.00 Since April 1865 Use their new birth certificate request (pdf format – 2 pages) Upon completion of this request, mail or fax to Vital Statistics. Address and fax number are listed on the application. You must explain your relationship to the person whose record you are requesting. By law, birth records can only be issued to the person to whom the record is filed, if at least 18 years old, or a parent, guardian or legal representative or upon court order. Limited Florida births...

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Delaware Vital Records

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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. Event: Birth, Death Cost of copy: $10.00 Address: Office of Vital Statistics Division of Public Health P.O. Box 637 Dover, DE 19903 Remarks: State office has death records since 1962 and birth records since 1930. Additional copies of the same record requested at the same time are $4.00 each. For previous years, write to Archives Hall of Records, Dover, DE  (302) 744-5000 . A photo identification is REQUIRED for all transactions. If submitting by mail, a copy of ID IS REQUIRED. Check or money order should be made payable to Office of Vital Statistics. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (302) 744-4549. Event: Marriage Cost of copy: $10.00 Address: Office of Vital Statistics Division of Public Health P.O. Box 637 Dover, DE 19903 Remarks: Records since 1962. Additional copies of the...

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