Questions tagged [vital-records]

Also known as BMD records, use this tag for general questions about finding or using birth, marriage and death records. If the question is about one specific record type, such as birth-records, use that tag instead.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1 vote
1 answer
51 views

Seeking 1945 New Jersey Death Record

I am looking for the complete death record of John Kalashi (+ Oct 1945) who passed away in Atlantic City NJ. According to Reclaim The Records, some years of the index are missing, including 1930-1948. ...
  • 414
2 votes
0 answers
61 views

Understanding Surnames On Vital Records From Peru

I'm trying to understand how to create legitimate records from documents written in Spanish from Peru. It seems like two surnames are often used. I have an idea of what the last names are supposed ...
1 vote
0 answers
55 views

Finding birth certificate from late 19th century Transylvania

I am trying to find birth certificate or details about my great grandparents who were from Transylvania. My great grandfathers name was Marton Joszef and my great grandmother was Sarlota Lefkorits. ...
3 votes
0 answers
77 views

Missing birth records for Great Grandfather - London, UK

I have been tracing my ancestors to Italy and have accounted for all their vital BMD records, with the exception of just one, which is my British-born Great Grandfather, Baptista Sabini, and his birth ...
6 votes
1 answer
100 views

Who was my grandfather's first wife?

My grandfather married my grandmother in Berwick upon Tweed, England on 31st May 1918 at St Andrew's Church, now demolished. He was described on the marriage certificate as a widower and I can find ...
  • 61
5 votes
0 answers
36 views

Significance of registration by Registrar General versus Assistant District Registrars in New South Wales

I've just received a death certificate for someone I believe to be one of my ancestors from the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. All the other NSW certificates that I have from around the ...
  • 221
0 votes
1 answer
59 views

Italian immigrant vital records

Seeking Italian church records (birth, marriage, death) dating back to late 1800's for ancestors who immigrated to USA from Alessandria del Carretto, Italy.
  • 1
1 vote
0 answers
74 views

Obtaining documents of Cuthbert and Baird families

The names of my Cuthberts were, George, James, John, Lewis and others of the family. The specific ones that came to Savannah, GA., USA are James, John, Lewis. John Cuthbert came in the Prince of ...
2 votes
1 answer
70 views

Changed Birth Certificate number

The certificate number on my grandfather's birth certificate from 1893 was changed. You can see the original, crossed out number just above the new number. When he passed, and the family found his ...
  • 21
10 votes
8 answers
7k views

Why would a family misspell their surname?

I found a family on the 1861 England census that I could be related to. However, when I look at the New GRO Index I find a different situation. It seems like the family said that their name was ...
  • 1,123
5 votes
1 answer
296 views

Run away marriage: why did people go to Maryland?

I am tracking the marriage certificate of a couple who lived in NYC and who reportedly ran away in Maryland to get married between 1940 and 1945. NYC marriage indexes are available and it is true they ...
  • 211
2 votes
1 answer
91 views

Annual report of the Town of Plymouth, MA [1925]

I'm looking for the Annual report of the Town of Plymouth, MA for the year 1925. According to the following blog post from the Plymouth Public Library, Annual reports are available on the Internet ...
3 votes
0 answers
59 views

Establishing birthplace of Heinrich Oldag in Silesia?

I am trying to find more information about Hans Heinrich Rudolf Oldag and Ernestine Pauline Friederike Hampel, the parents of Anna Minna Martha Oldag (born 10 Oct 1866 in Warmbrunn, Silesia, now ...
  • 1,581
5 votes
1 answer
455 views

Conflicting names of ancestor's parents from different records?

Winnifred Lydia O'Brien 1896–1979 BIRTH 30 OCT 1896 • Stroud, Gloucestershire, England DEATH 28 NOV 1979 • New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada I believe I have found my great-grandmother in ...
  • 1,123
6 votes
1 answer
72 views

Ordering certificates from the Corella Registry Office in Spain

This is the website that I use to order Spanish certificates. I am slightly confused though because I can never find Corella as a Registry Office in the lists. First the Region: Next, the Province: ...
1 vote
0 answers
42 views

Travelling to Romania to explore family roots?

I will be traveling to Romania this spring for about a 2 week stay. Aside from enjoying the tourist side of things, family history exploration will be a priority. I will have a Romanian tour guide ...
0 votes
0 answers
100 views

Learning personal history of Asmus Nicolai Clausen?

I am researching the history of Asmus Nicolai Clausen, originally from Flensburg in Germany, born 2 June 1911. He was the commander of the U-182, which was sunk on 16 May 1943, when he died. His ...
6 votes
1 answer
85 views

Locating ancestor's birth town in New York State?

I am in the process of applying for my Italian citizenship and need many documents. The last document I need is my grandmother's birth certificate. She was born in 1916. On her marriage certificate ...
4 votes
1 answer
71 views

Was Daniel Rich (Jr.?) the grandson of Jacob Rich? Or, the confusing case of Daniel Rich (Sr.?) and Nancy Marshall

I apologize up front, because this is going to be a long, rambling and confusing question, but here goes: With a high degree of certainty, I can trace one branch of my family tree back to one Daniel ...
  • 863
2 votes
1 answer
69 views

What is the meaning of Xed out entries in Massachusetts vital records?

For the neophyte (me), I'd like to understand the significance of an entry in a marriage register that appears to have been X'ed out. In the following the fields for date of marriage, ages, and ...
  • 1,089
3 votes
1 answer
56 views

What information would be on a 1915 Arkansas death certificate?

I am researching James Thomas Clements (~1834-1915) and would like to identify his mother. Arkansas Vital Records sells copies of death records from February 1, 1914. Before paying for one, I would ...
6 votes
1 answer
116 views

In vital records at the Paris (France) Archives, what is the meaning of "ter" in the Numéro de l'acte (record number)?

In the annual tables for records at the Paris Archives (http://archives.paris.fr/s/6/tables-annuelles/?), I have found some records where the Numéro de l'acte (record number) includes the letters "Ter"...
-2 votes
2 answers
90 views

Changing birth certificate paternity in Oklahoma, USA?

I believe my father's birth certificate to be incorrect. The man listed as his father was not his father. My father is deceased. The man listed as his father is deceased. His actual biological ...
  • 1
0 votes
0 answers
25 views

Searching for information about Pauline Kramer an Orphan born 1913 in NYC

I am looking for information about my mother Pauline Kramer - in an orphanage or convent born in New York City 1913. She lived there unil 1920 and then was sent to Green Bay Wisconsin to live with ...
  • 1
2 votes
1 answer
80 views

Finding FHC File #'s in New York City?

I have several birth, marriage, and death certificate numbers from New York City. How do I cross-reference the corresponding FHC File #?
  • 29
11 votes
2 answers
178 views

How can I distinguish between name changes and missing records?

Every now and again I come across a person, who seems to have changed their name. For example, a birth/baptism record may have one name, while subsequent records (marriage, census…) use another for ...
  • 4,417
3 votes
1 answer
38 views

Finding 3rd great grandmother’s parents’ names around 1836 in Warren, Ohio?

She was born in 1836 in Warren, Ohio, as Elvira Scott, as she indicated on her marriage certificate in 1854 in Illinois. There were no birth records there in Ohio until 1867. On an 1860 US Census ...
1 vote
1 answer
75 views

Did the spelling of this surname change or is it misread?

I have several examples of this same surname over time as shared in this answer for a marriage record. Oldest example in Kurrent handwriting (around 1800): Groom of the marriage in 1837: Father of ...
  • 5,247
5 votes
1 answer
98 views

What does location Boshte mean?

I've got a Status Animarium from Ljubljana in the early 1800s written in German using Kurrent handwriting and it lists a birth location as ditto Boshte, underlined in red, but I don't understand what ...
  • 5,247
2 votes
1 answer
107 views

What town is meant by the location Gorn. Laknic?

I have a transcription provided by the Ljubljana church archives of Slovenia that says that Jozefa Zaman was born at Gorn. Laknic 8 on 17 Aug 1843. You can see an example of this underlined in red in ...
  • 5,247
1 vote
1 answer
1k views

What is the meaning of the cross symbol I see added to individuals in Status Animarium records?

I've seen this cross image (underlined in red) occur repeatedly in the Catholic church Status Animarium records starting from the mid-1800s, such as the following example: Is there any significance ...
  • 5,247
2 votes
1 answer
67 views

Is this last name Jurglič?

I have this last name written a bunch of times (underlined in red): From a Status Animarium in early 1800s, the first instance is written to end in zh which I believe is German way to write č Here ...
  • 5,247
2 votes
1 answer
144 views

What are names and dates in this Status Animarum for Mali Cirnik 13?

Here is a German Status Animarum for the Mali Cirnik 13 (Kleinz Zirnik) household in the Šentrupert parish in the early 1800s. I've added what I think are the names and dates as written in German, ...
  • 5,247
2 votes
2 answers
175 views

What are names and dates in this Status Animarum for Gregorcčič at Roženberk 6?

Here is a German Status Animarum for the Roženberk 6 household in the Šentrupert parish in the early 1800s. I've added what I think are the names and dates as written in German, but expect I have ...
  • 5,247
3 votes
1 answer
298 views

What are the names in this Status Animarum from Slovenia?

I have a Status Animarum for Mali Cirnik 12 in the Šentrupert parish records stored at Ljubljana diocese in Austro-Hungarian Empire (present day Slovenia). The third line matches the birth date of ...
  • 5,247
0 votes
1 answer
1k views

Searching for ancestry records of family from Bosnia/Serbia/Former Yugoslavia

My partner was born in Bosnia, as were his parents (migrated to Australia in the 90s). Is there any site or anyone I can contact to find records of my partner's grandparents, great grandparents etc.?...
  • 114
-1 votes
1 answer
152 views

Duplicate Identities and Persons and Incorrect Records

How do I discover the cause of and fix duplicate records on Ancestry, and on FamilySearch? How do I find the true dates and places of life events, the true names of people, and their true relation ...
2 votes
0 answers
86 views

Is Rosa Balladares mother of all these children?

I am looking for the children of Rosa Balladares, born in Nicaragua. I found the corresponding records on FamilySearch. When I was able to access the mentioned records some months ago, I was asking ...
  • 647
5 votes
0 answers
109 views

Identifying Norwegian parents of Hulda Marie Olsen who was born 1892 in North Dakota?

I am trying to identify the parents of my paternal grandmother, Hulda Marie Olson/Olsen. From every census I have found, both parents come from Norway and I have seen her surname spelled as "Olsen" ...
  • 51
5 votes
1 answer
73 views

What information is contained in Isle of Man birth, marriage, and death certificates?

Today I discovered a relative who was born on the Isle of Man. I am considering ordering her birth certificate, which got me wondering about what would actually be on it. It appears civil ...
  • 18.6k
1 vote
1 answer
51 views

Did Jacob Bertschinger move from Aldingen to Calw in early 19th century Germany?

Jacob Bertschinger was born on Nov 20, 1828 in Aldingen (near Spaichingen) on the right side of the Neckar river in southern Germany). He came from a long line of farmers who had been living within ...
  • 1,581
3 votes
0 answers
51 views

Identifying William Elijah Vedder's mother in New York City?

I have been searching online to find the mother of my great grandfather William Elijah Vedder. His father, Elijah S Vedder, I have found in many records, but not in 1860. He had at least 4 different ...
6 votes
1 answer
3k views

Where to find online records of New York City Potter's Field / Hart Island pre-1980?

I recently have read a few articles about New York City's Potter's field on Hart Island. According to Wikpedia's article Hart Island (New York) and a New York City Corrections Department history ...
  • 5,531
4 votes
2 answers
229 views

Finding parents of Maria Cima of Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain?

My great grandmother was Maria Cima: probably born in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain in 1895 married to Joaquin (I suppose it is his name) Rodriguez died in Argentina in 1950 they had 3 children: Dolores ...
  • 41
7 votes
1 answer
241 views

Pre 1794 records for Rothenditmold, Kassel, Hessen, Germany?

I've been using Archion and have found a lot of records for my family there. But the archive stops at 1794. I've also use lagis-hessen though those records don't go as far back as Archion. Are there ...
  • 1,294
6 votes
2 answers
194 views

Is it possible to obtain a copy of the original record from 'Ireland Marriages 1845‐1958'

I just found a record in the collection: Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958 and I was wondering where I might be able to obtain a copy of the original record. For clarification, I'm ...
  • 1,410
6 votes
1 answer
3k views

What "hidden" clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths?

This Q&A is inspired by Jan Murphy's question – Finding Devon parish marriage records? – but this one pertains to the birth and death indexes for England & Wales. We all will have come across ...
  • 18.6k
4 votes
2 answers
1k views

How do I find church records for Portugal?

I'd like to know how I can find church records for Portugal, as these records from the collection Portugal, Faro, Catholic Church Records, 1587-1880 seem to be off-limits to 'non-members' in ...
1 vote
2 answers
1k views

When have people started keeping Birth, Marriage, and Death records

I know that in more recent times almost every birth, death and marriage was documented and extensive information was often recorded, but when did this become common? For relatively recent genealogy, ...
5 votes
1 answer
372 views

Whether to trust (and what to record) from handwritten record of birth with one date and type written page with two dates?

While doing research in Massachusetts, I have found hand-written records of births, and then I find the Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, which are typed. Most of the dates match, but on some two ...
  • 51