A term common in American English for birth, marriage and death records created, or held, by recognized authorities. In British and Australian English, the preferred term is BMD records. May be extended to include records of other key life events, such as adoption or divorce.

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Finding vital records in Upper Silesia (Prussia/Germany)?

I am looking for info about my great-great-grandparents. The info I'm looking for is: Dates and locations of their birth, marriage and death Go back further in time and find their ancestry Whether ...
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Locating possible marriage between English woman and Danish man in (probably) late 19th century?

I am deadlocked in the identification of my great-grandfather. A DNA test has identified an individual (in Denmark) who is suggested to be a near-relation of mine, but he has not responded to ...
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Verifying birth & death details in England for the 20th century?

How do I go about verifying birth & death details in England for an individual who lived and died in the 20th century? As starting points I have a name of the deceased individual and his place of ...
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Where can I find additional geneology resources for New York between 1775 and 1850?

Through Ancestry.com (US membership only - currently) I'm trying to determine if the Thompson side of my family tree tracks back to the McTavish clan of the Scottish Highlands since the name Thompson ...
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Finding information on ancestors who lived in the Polish Borderlands (Kresy)

I have been trying to find more information on one of my family lines which is from the Grodno region in present-day Belarus. A little background information: My paternal grandfather's line is from ...
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Where to find Birth and Death Records for Bucharest, Romania?

My husband's family came from Bucharest. Specifically his mother was born in Sibiu. I have been able to piece together names and relations of several grand and great grandparents from word of mouth ...
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Finding the parents of Caroline Hipp in Bruckinthal Germany

I have been looking for parents of Caroline Hipp Bommersbach for years and cannot find a clue as to who they were. Their daughter Carol was born 28 June 1883 in Bruckinthal,Germany. She was married 7 ...
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Finding origins of Romanian grandparents born in mid 1920s?

My Grandparents immigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 1950. My Grandfather was born in Ploiesti in 1924 and went on to be a soldier in the in the Romanian Airforce during WW2. During the war ...
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Where was The Murray, South Australia?

My 2nd great grandparents Edward Sleep and Charlotte Hancock had their first child William Joseph born on 29 Dec 1854 in South Australia. The Place of Registration (Page: 207 Volume: 6) was given as ...
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Finding parents in Germany of Jacob Drager (b. 1825; living Michigan, USA 1900)?

Does anyone have any information on the parents of Jacob Drager? Some of his information is below. Birth: June of 1825 Birth Place: Germany Wife: Gustina Rosomfsha Marriage: About 1867 in Wayne, ...
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Finding Worcestershire parents of James Rammell, husband of Elinor Orrosmit or Arrowsmith?

Does anyone have information regarding the parents of James Rammell, father of Thomas Rammell, and husband of Elinor Orrosmit (or Arrowsmith)? Both James and Elinor were born in Birlingham, ...
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Where can I access annual reports of the registrar-general for England after 1920?

The annual reports of the registrar-general relating to births, marriage, and deaths in England and Wales were published every year since civil registration began, and are available at the Histpop ...
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Finding birth and death dates for brother who was born and died in Bucharest, Romania during 1930s?

I am looking for precise dates of birth and death for my brother. All that I know is that he was born in Bucharest, Romania between 1933 to 1935 and died in 1935 in the same location. So was he was ...
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Finding a birth record for Samuel McReynolds?

I can't find a birth record for an ancestor of mine, Samuel McReynolds (1847-1905).   The reason I am trying to find this is that I have no idea who his parents are and I am hoping to find that out.  ...
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Finding 1832 birth details in Romania for Wolf Finkelstein?

Wolf Finkelstein was my great-great grandfather. He was born in Romania in 1832 which was before that country came into existence. I don't know how to find out anything about him such as who his ...
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Relocating christening record for Margaret Morgan, believed to be 1808 at St James, Bristol, England?

I have asked a different question about my 3rd great grandmother Margaret Morgan previously in Identifying photograph which may be Margaret Morgan (1808-1902) taken at Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales? ...
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Why use name Ebzeebra for Ebbot Millman (nee Martin) on 1840 gravestone at Marystow, Devon, England?

My 4th great grandmother Ebbot Martin was baptised on 7 Nov 1773 at Beaworthy, Devon, England. Ebbot married John Millman on 14 Sep 1795, also at Beaworthy. John and Ebbot had at least nine ...
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Does New York have a central depository for divorce records?

One of my mother's cousins, once removed, is either a divorcee or a bigamist; hard to tell since his first wife referred to herself as "widowed" in a census survey, and yet, afterwards, her "late" ...
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Looking for information on fathers of children born out of wedlock

My aunt had a baby out of wedlock in Florida in the late 1930s or as late as 1941. My cousin has asked me to find out who his father is. Were mothers required to name the father back then, and that ...
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How to overcome, within reason, constraints in the US on obtaining older records not yet at 50/100 year mark?

Very much understanding the privacy concerns of possibly living individuals in the last 100 years I was wondering if there is alternative repositories for obtaining the details for genealogical ...
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Genealogical records from Rensselaer county?

I'm looking for genealogical records, specifically marriages and births, from the late 1700's and early 1800's from Rensselaer county. I'm struggling to find a good source of them online. Is there ...
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Is there a place I can search specifically by birth date for a list of people born on that date?

I am looking for a different style of database that would allow me to execute an iterative search that instead of searching by name, it allows me to search primarily by birth date by area to get a ...
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Finding online parish records for churches in Saxony, Germany

I'm studying a group of Germans that immigrated to the United States around 1860 to the mid-1880s. My source for their birth place is their local court naturalization papers on FamilySearch. Many of ...
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Is there baptism record for William Slight who was probably born 1831/32 near Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland?

I have mentioned my 3rd great grandfather William Slight before in Finding Edinburgh map engraver apprenticeship records of William Slight in 1840s? The vital record that I am missing for him is his ...
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Finding birth/baptism/marriage record for Priscilla who married printer Henry Hughes probably about 1810 in Breconshire, Wales?

I first learned that my 4th great grandfather was Henry Hughes, a Printer, from the marriage certificate of my 3rd great grandparents Elizabeth Hughes and William Lewis on 26 Apr 1839 at St Giles ...
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When, where and to whom was William Henry Rouse born in about 1832 near Truro (or Redruth), Cornwall?

My 2nd great grandfather William Henry Rouse married Agnes Green on 4 Aug 1853 at St Clement, Cornwall. On their Marriage Certificate the Age for both of them appears to say Major, which I assume to ...
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Finding death record of John Annear (b.1750, Probus; m.1775, Gwennap) in Cornwall?

I'm looking for any details about the death of John Annear, my 6th great grandfather. John Annear was born 17 April, 1750 in Probus, Cornwall, England Married Mary May (Born: 1749) 26 June, 1775 in ...
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Finding parents of Elizabeth Razor (b.1811) who married Fielding Hash?

My 2nd great grandmother was Elizabeth Razor b. 1811. I have a first name for her mother, Lydia, taken from her marriage record to Fielding Hash but no father's name. Does anyone have information ...
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Obtaining vital records (birth, marriage, death) from 1920s-1950s for Cuba?

How can I obtain vital records (birth, marriage, death) for Cuba, 1920s-1950s? In particular, I'm looking for civil records for Havana. Is there a way to get them from the Cuban government? Or can ...
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How old did you have to be to marry in WI in 1895 and what do you think the priest's comments meant?

I have a marriage contract/certificate that I'm a little confused by and was hoping for some help/clarification on. Mamie Price was born on 10 November 1875 in Wisconsin. Birth date is from death ...
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Determining parents of 19th Century Swiss ancestor?

I started getting into genealogy thanks to Ancestry.com and I have run into a brick wall. I am looking for the parents of Christopher Stukey (born somewhere between 1843 and 1848 in Switzerland) his ...
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Where were my parents married?

My parents were married on Christmas Day 1954. The problem is that I cannot find their marriage license anywhere and to add to the problem my mother was 1/2 black, and in Georgia they could never ...
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What New York City vital records are covered by this index on FamilySearch?

When records have been extracted and indexed, but the images are not available online, how can I find out more information about how the index was made, and what fields were on the original records? ...
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Which FHL microfilms are available to view online?

If I want to look at a particular microfilm from the FHL, I can order the film and have it sent to my local FHC to view there. But before I go through the trouble and expense, it makes sense to ...
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Birth or adoption record for adopted ancestor

My great-great-grandmother Leona was born in the early 1860s. She was adopted as a young child (we think less than five years old) when her mother died; her father was apparently unfit in some ...
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Provenance of Cook County death indexes

Ancestry.com has two indexes for deaths in Cook County: Ancestry.com. Cook County, Illinois Death Index, 1908-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. ...
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When did Abraham Decker (b. 1839) die?

Abraham Decker was born on 12 Sep 1839 in Gauersheim, in the Pfalz region of Bavaria. He emigrated to the United States in 1859. (Although he was born in the Pfalz and not in Hesse which is shown as ...
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How old *are* these people?

I have found records of the Axel family I am researching in several censuses. In addition, I have death records for both Peter and Sarah, the mother and father of the family. Below I present, in ...
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Where can I search for elusive vital records (birth, names of parents, death) for my great grandmother, Celina Drollet?

Celina/Salina Drollet (or Drowlette,Drolet,Draulette,Drollette,etc) (b. abt 1866) and James Comstock (b. 1874) were the parents of my grandmother Mary Amelia Comstock (Mary was b. Mar 1897 Saranac, NY ...
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Incorrect NYC marriage index?

I looked up the marriage between Lilly Axel and John J. Corper in the NY marriage index, and found this record. The wedding occurred on Dec 25 1919, and was registered in early 1920. I then ordered ...
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Seemingly missing NYC birth records

I am looking for birth records for the children of David Nechemias and Etta Ehrensaal. From census records, I have Beatrice (b. abt 1897), Helen (b. abt 1904), Sidney (b. about 1907) and Roselyn (b. ...
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What kind of information is in this record?

I am looking at civil records (BMD) from the late 18th-early 19th century from Morschheim the Pfalz region of (then) Bavaria, and I see several instances of images like this (top part shown): It ...
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Inconsistent marriage dates from NYC marriage index

Using the stevemorse.org marriage index for NYC, I found a marriage record between Jack D. Axel and Evelyn BC Samisch. Both records point to certificate 14837 (1915), but one lists the marriage date ...
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Can certificates from General Register Office (GRO) of England and Wales be legally uploaded to Ancestry.com?

My question is partially related to Cost of BMD Certificates in England and Wales. Having purchased an 1865 Marriage Certificate from the General Register Office (GRO), I would like to share it with ...
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Where are the NYC vital records on FamilySearch?

In an answer to a question about New York records, efgen said: The NYC birth index is actually available through 1965 on microfilm. However, only the indexes through 1909 are currently available ...
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Hunting for Robert Whyte b. 1846 in Scotland

I am hunting for Robert Whyte, b. 26 Sept 1846 possibly in Methven, Scotland. He wrote he was "from" Methven in his Ontario, Canada wedding license. But maybe he was born elsewhere, possibly Stirling. ...
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Which Australian collections should I search to find a person by her maiden name?

My great grandfather had four sisters, maiden name Belostotsky (Belostotskaya), who had lived in Berlin some time between 1900 and 1920, and subsequently emigrated. Three went to the US, one went to ...
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New York City vital records collections

I had the good fortune to start my online genealogical searching on people who lived in Chicago, and then moved to California. Both Ancestry.com and Family Search web sites provide a number of ...
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Reducing cost of BMD Certificates in England and Wales?

The cost of BMD certificates from the General Records Office (GRO) of England and Wales is quite expensive (£9.25 at time of writing) but what is preventing the obvious streamlining of this? The GRO, ...
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Tracing Jewish ancestors in Germany before 1800

I have been able to trace my wife's ancestors to people born in the 1790s in the Pfalz region of Germany and in Alsace using civil records of births and deaths. Those records books were started in the ...