Birth and Death Records

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Do you need a copy of your birth certificate or a copy of a parent’s death certificate? Well, there are a number of ways to get those types of documents using our website.

Generally, birth and death records are available at the state level and county level. If you know where the birth or death occurred, you can usually obtain the document either by mail or in person from the pertinent county office. Using our websites “Birth Records Resources” and “Death Records Resources,” you can access online resources for all 50 states and each county within the states. Some states and counties also offer birth and death record searches by name or date.

One of the states with online information is Alabama. In Alabama, the Center for Health Statistics files, stores and issues certified copies of birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates. All 67 of Alabama’s County Health Departments also issue the documents through an automated records system. Most records ordered in person from an Alabama County Health Department are usually available within 30 minutes or less. Orders mailed to the Alabama Vital Records Office using the online application are usually returned in 7 to 10 days.

California’s Department of Public Health Vital Records Office maintains birth, death, fetal death, still birth, marriage and divorce records. Birth and death records are currently available from 1905 to the present. California offers an authorized copy and an informational copy of both records. You can view its “Obtaining Certified Copies” webpage for specific details including a downloadable pamphlet, record application and a sworn statement. Using the completed form, your order can be mailed or submitted in person to the County Recorder’s Office, or mailed to California’s State office.

If you need records from Georgia, you can now order birth and death certificates online through its “ROVER” system. This online system provides a quick and easy way to obtain vital records with most orders being shipped within two weeks. Maryland’s Vital Records Office, located in Baltimore, and many of its local Health Departments, offer same day service. You can download an application which can either be mailed to the Baltimore office or taken to the County Health Department in person.

If you decide to request a document, be sure that you review the website for any restrictions regarding access based on the date of the record, type of record, or reason for obtaining the record. With that information you should be able to obtain the birth and death records that you need. Also available on our “Genealogy Records Resources” website are a number of links for historical genealogy records which are also available by state and county.

In addition to birth and death records, there are links to many other types of records on our “Free Public Records Search Directory” including land records, marriage records, and more.

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