vital records


Records on births, deaths, marriages and divorces are kept on both the state and the county level. These are collectively known as "vital records."

State and county offices have alphabetical name indexes for each of the different types of vital records.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps a list of agencies in each state that keep vital records:

Where to Write for Vital Records

A private site called keeps a list of state and county agencies that keep vital records. It includes their addresses and links to their websites. 

Sample Death Certificates:

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