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)
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I’ve posted about this before but newspapers are such a great resource for genealogical research. Newspapers articles about your ancestor or relative can fill in some gaps when other documents are missing i.e the 1890 Federal Census. Newspapers can also give you a better understanding of their lives and what life might have been for them in their areas. Sites such as newspapers.com, genealogybank.com, chroniclingamerica.loc.gov , nypl.org have hundreds maybe even thousands of old newspapers your ancestors or relatives might have been mentioned in. You can even just google old newspapers in the specific location you are researching and see what you find. I’ve have browsed multiple newspapers for free by just googling.
This might not seem like much to most but I think it’s pretty cool to see my Great Grandfather Dock Walker name in the paper as well as to know he had a subscription to The Baldwin Times newspaper.
For Family History Month I will be sharing articles I found regarding my family in newspapers as well as other interesting articles and ads in different newspapers to give us a glimpse back in time.
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How do you plan to celebrate Family History Month?
Have you signed up to be apart of the Worldwide Indexing Event happening October 20th to the 22nd? The goal is to make more historical records searchable online for people for free. Last year over 10,000,000 records got indexed, with over 115, 000 volunteers, can we beat those numbers this year? I hope we can, if you haven’t signed up or want to know more about it there is still time, click the link for more information Familysearch.org