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How Do I Obtain My Ancestor’s Vital Records That Aren’t Online?


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 Even though and 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.

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)

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BlackProGen LIVE!: Ep 72: Life After Death: Getting More with Death Records

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Look Over Your Documents

Whether your a vet or just beginning your genealogy quest it is important to go over your all documents once in a while. As you grow your family tree, so does the information and you’ll never know what you’ll discover what you’ve missed. Now I have had my great grandmother Jessie’s death certificate for a while but hardly ever look at it or anything other documents I may have unless I am researching that particular person. While I was picking my ancestors for my own share an ancestor a day in February challenge, I came across Jessie’s death certificate and I noticed my great grandfather Scott, who was the informant listed a woman named Linda as Jessie’s mother but on the 1900 Census a woman named Fanny is listed as the mother. I’ve questioned Fanny being her mother but after further examination of the 1900 Census record it was more likely Fanny was Jessie’s stepmother than her birth mother. Now back to the death certificate, maybe my great grandfather did know the name of Jessie’s mother, remember the information provided for death certificates back then was more word of mouth and memory, some or all of the information may not be as accurate as we read. I decided to search for Linda and Cornelius (Jessie’s father) I didn’t find them together on a Census record but I did find a marriage license (waiting for it to be mailed) for the two in 1884 just a few years before Jessie would have been born. With this newly discovered document I also found out Linda’s last name which is Snow. Now I  know I would have found out the information about Jessie’s mother eventually but if I would get into a routine of checking my documents things like them won’t happen too often. So I urge you guys to look over your documents and  get in a routine, this may save you research time and money.

1900 United States Federal Census for Jessie Moorer

1900 United States Federal Census for Jessie Moorer




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