Friday, June 09, 2006

Vital Records


England & Wales
FreeBMD - Civil Registration index of Births, Marriages, Deaths (England & Wales) - images now available!: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/

Canada

Australia
Queensland, Australia: Birth, Marriage, and Death Records 1829-1914: http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/bdm/IndexSearch.htm

United States

InfoAviator is a way to access free online public records, from the Federal to local level. Search by locality, not surname. http://infoaviator.com/

US Social Security Death Index: http://ssdi.rootsweb.com
    Ancestry's SSDI: http://ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm.
Family Tree Magazine says: "Pearl Street Software, the makers of Family Tree Legends, launched a new free Social Security Death Index (SSDI) search engine at http://www.familytreelegends.com/ssdi. The SSDI, generated by the US Social Security Administration (SSA), holds valuable genealogical information—including name, birth and death dates, Social Security number and last-known residence—for all Americans who possessed Social Security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the SSA after 1936. Like other online SSDI search engines, Family Tree Legends' version lets you look for relatives by name and social security number and last residence. It also boasts two unique—and especially useful—features: an age-at-death search and a year-range search, which means you don't have to know the exact year someone died." (http://net.fwpublications.com/newsletters/NewsletterArchive/Family_Tree_Magazine_E-Mail_Update/6_5_2003.htm)

New England Ancestors is now keeping a FREE up-to-date SSDI available: http://newenglandancestors.org/research/database/ss/default.asp

Steve Morse makes it possible to search 5 different versions of the SSDI here: http://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html

Rootsweb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees -- Using the SSDI: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm

Public Records Online Directory is a Portal to official state web sites, and those Tax Assessors' and Recorders' offices that have developed web sites for the retrieval of available public records over the internet. For example, some Recorders' offices have marriage and birth records available online. Although not every county and parish has data online, many have home pages, and where neither is available a phone number has been provided: http://www.netronline.com/public_records.htm

Early Birth Records (197225 births): http://userdb.rootsweb.com/births/

Arizona births 1887-1928, deaths 1878-1953, certificates as PDF files: http://genealogy.az.gov/

California Births 1905-1995, 24 million records: http://www.vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/ca/_vitals/cabirthm.htm
   (Username vitalguest, password enjoy, or use: http://www.vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/frmguestpass_v01.htm)
San Francisco, California Genealogy: http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/
Nice gateway to Northern CA research: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~yvonne/norcallib.html
Early California Population Project (ECPP) - sacramental register index (baptismal, marriage, and death records) from California's 21 missions, 110,000 Californians between 1769 -1850: http://www.huntington.org/

Colorado State Archives: Online Indexes - unique items, such as voter registrations, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Enrollment Index, inheritance tax, and old-age pensions. Indexes and search: http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/hrd/

Indiana Marriages through 1850 (and much, much more): http://www.statelib.lib.in.us/www/isl/whatwehave/dbindex.html

Western States Historical Marriage Record Index: http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm

Early Utah Marriages (1851-1884): http://www.infouga.org/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=category§ionid=9&id=56&Itemid=82

Death Records Search: http://www.death-records.net/

Arizona Deaths 1878-1953: http://genealogy.az.gov/

California Deaths, 1940-1997: http://vitals.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi
   Los Angeles County Burial Permits 1870-1892: http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/LA-Co-Burial.htm

Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950: http://www.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html
  Genealogy in the Illinois State Archives: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/services.html

Kentucky Deaths, 1911-2000 (2,921,383 records) : http://vitals.rootsweb.com/ky/death/search.cgi
Kentucky Vital Records Project (79,869 death records; actual D.C.s online): http://kyvitals.com/
Also see Kentucky Vital Records Index which also has divorces: http://ukcc.uky.edu/~vitalrec/

Maine Deaths, 1960-1997: http://vitals.rootsweb.com/me/death/search.cgi

Maryland Deaths 1898-1944: http://mdvitalrec.net/cfm/index.cfm

Massachusetts Death Index 1841-1910: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/vitalrecordssearch/VitalRecordsSearch.aspx

Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System, 1867-1897: http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/pha/osr/gendisx/search2.htm

Michigan Marriages (Dibean Michigan Marriage Index): http://www.mifamilyhistory.org/dibeanindex/default.asp

Minnesota Birth Certificate Index 1900-1907: http://people.mnhs.org/bci/
Minnesota Death Certificates, 1907-1996: http://people.mnhs.org/dci/Search.cfm

Missouri Birth & Death Records Database: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/birthdeath/Default.asp

Montana Deaths: http://www.rootsweb.com/~mtmsgs/death_records.htm

New Mexico Death Index 1899-1940: http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/nm/nmdi.htm

New York City Death Records Search 1891-1911: http://www.italiangen.org/NYCDeathSearch.stm
New York State Vital Records: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/consumer/vr.htm

Ohio Death Certificates, 1913-1937: http://www.ohiohistory.org/dindex/

Oregon Historical Records Index: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/banners/genlist.htm
   http://www.heritagetrailpress.com/Death_Index/

South Dakota Birth Records: http://www.state.sd.us/applications/PH14Over100BirthRec/index.asp

Tennessee Vital Records: http://www.state.tn.us/sos/statelib/pubsvs/intro.htm#vital_records

Texas Deaths 1964-1998: http://vitals.rootsweb.com/tx/death/search.cgi
  Texas Vital Records FAQ: http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/vitalfaq.html

Utah Death Certificates 1905-1954 (250,000+ records): http://historyresearch.utah.gov/indexes/index.html

West Virginia Vital Records: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/
   Registration is required, but free; actual records can be examined

Wisconsin Vital Records before 1907: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords/

US Vital Records Information: http://www.vitalrec.com/

Public Record Locator: http://searchsystems.net/

It's always worth checking with your county or state of interest in USGenWeb, http://usgenweb.org. Often volunteers have births, deaths, marriages, cemetery, divorce, and other records.

Evidence and Sources--And How They Differ: http://www.ancestry.com/rd/prodredir.asp?sourceid=831&key=A165713

Vital Records in the United States: http://www.ancestry.com/rd/prodredir.asp?sourceid=831&key=A202011

Beware of Secondary Sources!: http://www.ancestry.com/rd/prodredir.asp?sourceid=831&key=A121701

Tombstones are Secondary Sources: http://www.ancestry.com/rd/prodredir.asp?sourceid=831&key=A284006


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