Finding Vital Records in the United States #general


Chuck Weinstein <cmw521@...>
 

There have been a number of postings in this forum and some of the SIG
Discussion Groups recently regarding finding birth, marriage, and death
records in various states. The easiest way to find out who to contact
and/or where to go to find records is via a Google search. Be specific, as
each state has its own rules, and many localities do, as well. A Google
search for "Los Angeles Death Records" will get you more specific
information than a search for "California Death Records". The answer to
where and at what costs you will apply to varies, especially according to
the year of the event. As an example, New York State has a 100 year privacy
rule on birth records. However, in New York City, birth records prior to
December 31, 1909 are held in the NYC Municipal Archives. Birth records
since 1910 are still held by the NY City Health Dept. The Municipal
Archives will get you a copy of any birth record they have (for a fee, of
course), and there is an index available, both at the Municipal Archives and
online (at www.italiangen.org). However, although birth records >from 1910
to 1913 are supposedly available to all, the health department will only
release NYC birth records they have after you justify your reason for
wanting it (and genealogy is not an acceptable reason). There is no
published index for births occurring after 1910 in New York City. Marriage
and death records are likewise different in NYC >from state law. Some states
have indices for vital records; others don't, and privacy rules, the
repository of various records, and costs and availability often differ from
town to town or county to county within a state. Many states and localities
have contracted with a company called Vital Check to provide records. You
will see that immediately in the Google search responses if the state you
are looking for has done so. Some states and/or localities will require a
personal appearance. Others will provide you a copy by mailing in a form.

Finally, the rules are changing. More and more states, under the guise that
vital records availability encourages identity theft, are extending privacy
rules. Yet another reason to do a Google search if you don't know how to
obtain the record you seek. BTW, there are far easier ways to steal
identity than viewing vital records.

Chuck Weinstein
Bellport, NY (formerly >from San Francisco, CA)
Cmw521@earthlink.net


Mark Jacobson
 

The best place to start for information on all US states is the US
Center for Disease Control website: Where to Write for Vital Records
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm . It is an alphabetical list of states
with information on available records for each state, where to get the
records and how much they cost.

Mark Jacobson
President, JGSPBCI
Boca Raton, FL


DOGULOV/DOVGALEVSKY - Belaya Tserkov/Kiev Ukraine;
COHEN/KANA/KAHAN - Tripolye, Ukraine;
JACOBSON - Polotsk/Lepel, Belarus; KOBLENTZ - Polotsk, Belarus;
KAMERMAN/KAMMERMANN, WEGNER - Drohobycz, Galicia;
KOPPEL - Stebnik/Drohobycz, Galicia;
JACOBI - Stratyn/Rohatyn, Galicia; ROTHLEIN - Stratyn/Rohatyn, Galicia;
TUCHFELD - Rzeszow/Stryj/Lvov, Galicia; GOLDSTEIN - Ranizow, Galicia


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There have been a number of postings in this forum and some of the SIG
Discussion Groups recently regarding finding birth, marriage, and death
records in various states. The easiest way to find out who to contact
and/or where to go to find records is via a Google search.
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Emily Garber
 

Chuck Weinstein added some good information about New York City vital
records to the discussion about finding USA vital records. I do
believe, however, that he may be incorrect in saying that: "There is
no published index for births occurring after 1910 in New York City."

In fact, FamilySearch has microfilmed the indexed records. While they
have not yet digitized and posted these online, a finding aid for the
NYC birth record indices is online at
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1295570?availability=Family%20History%20Library

(MOD: http://tinyurl.com/qby5mzp)

In the USA (and several other countries) one may borrow these films
from the Family History Library for viewing at any affiliated local
facility.

The finding aid (they also have them for NYC death and marriage
records) provides the film numbers where the indices are published.
The indices for births and deaths goes through 1965. Marriages through
1937. I blogged about this last spring:

http://extrayad.blogspot.com/2013/04/new-york-city-vital-record-indices-1949.html

(MOD: http://tinyurl.com/nvd2okr)

Warren Blatt has also provided an InfoFile on JewishGen that provides
the Family History Library film numbers for both indices and
certificates, themselves.
http://www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/nycv-lds.html

Emily Garber
http://www.extrayad.blogspot.com
http://www.kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/yurovshchina/index.html


A. E. Jordan
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Emily Garber <emilyhgarber@gmail.com>

I do believe, however, that he may be incorrect in saying that: "There is
no published index for births occurring after 1910 in New York City."


There most certainly is a birth index for New York City after 1910.
The New York Public Library has a copy and I have done look ups for a
number of people in this index. It is on fiche by year and by borough.

The challenge is it is only a listing of the baby's name and the date
of birth along with the certificate number. There's no information on
the parents, address or anything else. So if you are searching a
common name it is a very difficult search. However after giving people
the details >from this index I have heard a number of people have been
successful in getting the certificates >from the Heath Department.

Allan Jordan


Diane Jacobs
 

Would also like to comment that the NYPL, 5th Avenue & 42nd Street,
Room 119 has NYC birth indexes on microfiche through the 1940s.

Diane Jacobs
Somerset, NJ

Chuck Weinstein added some good information about New York City vital
records to the discussion about finding USA vital records.
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