Online Course: Intro to Genealogy

Lesson Three Resource List

Online Resources

Vital Records Resources

State of Iowa. Department of Public Health. Bureau of Vital Records.

    Information for obtaining copies of Iowa birth, death, and marriage records, with an application form.

Michigan Secretary of State. State Archives of Michigan. Michigan County Clerks Genealogy Directory.

    List of county clerk offices with the following information for each office: address, phone and FAX numbers, genealogy research hours, identification requirements for use of records, cost of certified copies, cost of genealogical records copies, whether records are microfilmed, seating capacity for researchers, and available records with their inclusive dates.

Ohio Historical Society. About Birth and Death Records in Ohio.

    Information on birth and death records held by the Ohio Historical Society with links to other repositories that hold Ohio vital records.

State of Ohio. Department of Health.

    Information for obtaining copies of Ohio birth and death records.

State of Tennessee. Department of Health. Office of Vital Records.

    Information for obtaining copies of Tennessee vital records.

State of Tennessee. Tennessee State Library and Archives. Historical and Genealogical Information: Finding Birth & Death Records in Tennessee.

    Information on birth and death records held by the Tennessee State Library and Archives with a link to the Tennessee Office of Vital Records.

U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Where to Write for Vital Records.

    Updated online version of the federal government publication, with the state office to write to in each state for birth and death records and, in some cases, marriage and divorce records, with the cost of copies.

United States Vital Records Information.

    Information, state-by-state, on vital records available at the state level and vital records addresses for each county. Some county listings include the dates of available records and the cost of copies.

Miscellaneous Resources

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Centers.

    Site on which you can locate the nearest Family History Center by entering your city, county, state, and country.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Library Catalog.

    Online catalog, which includes microfilmed vital records and vital records indexes that can be borrowed at a Family History Center.

USGenWeb Project.

    Site from which the fifty state GenWeb projects can be accessed. An individual state project can be accessed directly by adding the two-letter state abbreviation to the USGenWeb address, e.g., MichiganGenWeb Genealogy <http://www. usgenweb.org/mi>. These state projects will eventually have pages for each county. Some state and county pages provide information on the availability of vital records.

Online Records

Vital Records Indexes

CAGenWeb Project. Tulare County. Tulare County Marriages, July 1, 1893 to Dec. 31, 1909.

    Indexes to marriages recorded in Tulare County, California, July 1, 1893 to December 31, 1909.

University of Kentucky. Kentucky Vital Records Index.

    Searchable indexes to records held by the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics (deaths, 1911-1986; deaths, 1987-1992; marriages, 1973-1993; and divorces, 1973-1993).

Ohio Historical Society. Ohio Online Death Certificate Index, 1913-1937.

    Prototype searchable index of death records, 1913-1937, held by the Ohio Historical Society Archives/Library.

Memphis/Shelby County Public Library. Memphis/Shelby County Death Certificates, 1914-1945.

    Online indexes to death certificates for Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, 1914-1945.

Printed Resources

Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources. Edited by Alice Eichholz. Rev. ed. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992. Also available from the NGS Bookstore with a member's discount.

    Address of each county courthouse and the earliest dates of its birth, marriage, and death records, with information on the development of vital records registration in each state.

Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. County Courthouse Book. 2d ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995. Also available from the NGS Bookstore with a member's discount.

    Addresses and telephone numbers for more than 3,000 county courthouses and town halls. Many of the entries include the official to contact for marriage and other vital records with the fees for searches and copies.

Kemp, Thomas Jay. International Vital Records Handbook. 3d ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994. Also available from the NGS Bookstore with a member's discount.

    Collection of vital records application forms from the various states with addresses, fees, and special instructions.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Where to Write for Vital Records: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces. Publication No. (PHS) 93-1142. Hyattsville, Md., 1993. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office. Search the Sales Product Catalog.

    List of state vital records offices to write to for copies of birth and death records and, in some cases, marriage and divorce records, with the cost of copies.