Vital Record: Also known as birth, death, marriage or divorce records.
I had a conversation with my friend the other day on how to go about obtaining a death certificate she wasn’t able to find via Ancestry.com Even though Ancestry.com and Familysearch.org have a multitude of records on their database there are still loads of records that have not be digitized and or put on their sites. For example states like Alabama don’t have their death certificates online, you are able to find and view the indexes but not the actual death certificate itself. So how do you find birth, death, marriage or divorce records that aren’t online? Check out a few options below I’ve used to get vital records.
- CDC: (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) You will be able to see when each vital record started being recording in each state, how much it cost to obtain a copy, where to send your request. As well as a contact number and link their department of health website. (I’ve written many of letters and request to the Alabama Department of Health for death certificates)
- Vital Check: Don’t feel like writing to the health department to get your ancestor’s divorce record? Well Vital Check is a faster option to order without the writing, they even have an expedited shipping options to get your vital record.( I’ve used it and I found it to be a little pricer than just writing directly to the health department)
- Go in person: Do you live in the same city, county, or state the ancestor(s) you are researching and trying to obtain the vital record for? Use the CDC link or google how to obtain vital records in person in your area. Depending how busy they are you might be able to get the vital record right there on the spot of course for a fee. (I had to wait about and hour for my ancestor’s death certificate)