Category Archives: vital records

Genealogy Volunteer Opportunity

All those records in Granite Mountain near Salt Lake City are being digitalized and will eventually be available online free. As you can imagine, there are millions of records which the LDS Church has collected over the years. They have … Continue reading

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FamilySearch is constantly adding searchable records. I tested their records for Cook County, Illinois. I note you cannot right click and save a section but if you have Windows 7 you can use the snipping tool. If you hover over … Continue reading

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Vital Records and Alternates

In 1900 only 18 states [including future states] registered vital records. It was not mandatory in all of those, but it was encouraged. Thus you might find vital records in Vermont back to 1779, Massachusetts 1842, New Jersey 1843, Connecticut … Continue reading

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A common question is “why can’t I find my ancestor’s birth/death/marriage certificate?” The answer to no birth or death certificate is generally simple. The State of Illinois did not MANDATE such records prior to 1916. After that it is a … Continue reading

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