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.

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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Which FHL microfilms are available to view online?

My research subjects are two sisters who lived in College Point, Queens, NY. For the sister who died in 1902, I have the date of death and certificate number from the collection "New York City, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Finding 20th Century vital records in Germany?

Every person I look for with few exceptions I find no records for. For example: First: Heinz Last: Zaun Birth: Germany Date: 1928 Death: Germany Date: 1957 I know this to be true, his son is ...
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Seeking birth or adoption record for adopted ancestor in 1860s USA?

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 fashion,...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How could I automaticaly analyse relationships in large set of vital records?

My family research right now is based on digitalized 19th century vital records. These, of course, are scans of the original, not text. There is, though, a third party project where people have ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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"...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Seeking dictionary of French language terms used in Canadian records?

Where can I find a dictionary or list translating French terms used in Canadian records? I am looking for translations of headers for Birth, Marriage and Death certificates and for land and probate ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What do index numbers mean in Rhode Island Register of Marriages, Births, and Deaths?

I've been unable to figure out what these index numbers in the leftmost column of Rhode Island Marriage, Births, and Deaths registers indicate. The image below is from the first page of the Births/...
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Seeking additional genealogy 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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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 ...
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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" ...
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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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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 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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 children:...
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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 ...