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California Vital Records

California vital records date back to at least 1905 with some counties having records farther back to 1824 (particularly Monterey County). Getting copies of these records is easier than in most other states. (more…)

24 May 2013

Arkansas Vital Records

Some counties will have their own Arkansas vital records from 1881 (particularly Fort Smith and Little Rock), but otherwise the state collection starts in 1914. If you need to get copies for genealogy, this is how you go about it.

Restrictions on Arkansas Vital Records
There are tighter restrictions on birth records than on death records, but if you are looking for recent documents in either case you will have to be a family member. Birth records become open to the public after 100 years, and death records do so after only 50. Anything newer will only be released to a relative, though they do not require that you be an immediate relative, which can be helpful for genealogy purposes. You will need to supply proof, such as a copy of your own ID. (more…)

23 Apr 2013

Arizona Vital Records

When you’re looking for Arizona vital records, the state collection will usually get started around 1909, and individual counties can have their own records back farther to 1887.

Restrictions on Arizona Vital Records
As with most other states, Arizona vital records do become public domain after enough time has passed. Birth records that are older than 75 years, or 50 years for death records. Anything more recent than that will require you to be an immediate relative of the person on the record. You will have to provide a copy of your own government ID to prove your identity. (more…)

23 Apr 2013

Alaska Vital Records

The state of Alaska only started collecting vital records around 1913, so the state will only have material going back that far which gives it a much narrower window for genealogy studies. Individual courthouses or even churches may have documentation that is older. (more…)

01 Mar 2013

Alabama Vital Records

Most vital records in Alabama will range from 1908, though some counties will have records older than that (back to 1880 if you’re lucky). If you need to get copies of birth or death records from Alabama, here is where you can get started on your search. (more…)

26 Feb 2013

Basics of Vital Records

vital records in genealogyVital records are the absolute cornerstone to any genealogy research so you really need to have a good understanding of these documents and what you can learn from them. The term refers to any files that pertain to a vital event in someones life, such as birth, death or marriage. Divorce records are sometimes grouped in here too.

These will create the basic framework when putting someone’s life together. And each of these types of documents can provide a lot more information than just a name and an event date. Some vital records can give you loads of data, but the specifics will vary from area to area since these are not standard documents in any way. (more…)

09 Feb 2013