Getting From Then to Now: Locating People in the Last Century

VITAL RECORDS STATE INFORMATION

All States Check These First:

Cyndis List: http://www.cyndislist.com/

Family Search: https://familysearch.org/

Genealogy Articles, Tips & Research Guides: http://www.genealogybranches.com/ 

Online Searchable Death Indexes, Records & Obituaries: http://www.deathindexes.com/

Arizona: Births 1855-1934 and deaths 1844-1959: http://genealogy.az.gov/

California: Death Records 1940-1997 http://vitals.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi

California Death Records Pre-1905 http://www.rootsweb.com/~cabf1905/counties.htm

Los Angeles County, Obituary Index: http://www.lapl.org/resources/indexes/rip.html

Colorado: State Archives: Probate files: http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/online.htm#probate

Connecticut: Barbour Collection of Vital Records: http://www.cslib.org/barbour.htm

Delaware: State of Delaware, Probate: http://archives.delaware.gov/collections/probate.shtml

Idaho: Birth, Marriage, Death – Special Index, BYU: http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/index.cfm

Special Collections at BYU include: Western States Marriage Records; Idaho State Death Index 1911-1951; Eastern Idaho Death Records (no dates noted): Virtually all of the pre‑1900 marriages are included in the index for Arizona, Idaho and Nevada.  Many Idaho, Nevada and Utah counties have been extracted into the 1930’s and some, much later.   A significant number of marriages from Wyoming, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, western Colorado and selected counties in California are also included.  For more details, see “List of Counties by State”.  As of April 15, 2010, this file contains over 699,443 marriage records with additional entries being added nearly every working day.

Idaho Statesman Obituary Index 1977 to present at Boise Public Library: http://www.boisepubliclibrary.org/Research/Obituaries/obituarysearch.asp

Illinois: Death Certificates 1916-1950; Illinois Marriage Index 1763-1900; Military Records; Probate Records   http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases.html

Indiana: State Library (scroll down for databases) http://www.in.gov/library/databases.htm

Kansas: Kansas State Historical Society: http://www.kshs.org/portal_genealogy

Kentucky: Vital Records Project: http://kyvitals.com/vis/search/search_death_recs.php

Kentucky Death Records 1911-2000 http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ky/death/search.cgi

Kentucky Marriage/Divorce records 1973-1993; Kentucky Death Index 1911-1992 (for each of these databases, scroll to bottom of page) http://ukcc.uky.edu/vitalrec/

Kentucky VitalSearch http://www.vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/ky/ky_.htm

Louisiana: State of Louisiana, Death: http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/638/Default.aspx

Maine: Marriage records 1892-1996 (gap 1967-1976); Death Index 1960-1996                                                        http://www.maine.gov/portal/facts_history/vital_records.html  

Maryland: State Archives: http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=vital

Massachusetts: Probate Research: http://www.mass-doc.com/probate_record_request.htm

Michigan: Library of Michigan, death certificates:

http://seekingmichigan.org/discover-collection?collection=p129401coll7

Minnesota: Death Certificate search 1906-1996 http://people.mnhs.org/dci/

            Historical Society: http://www.mnhs.org/genealogy/

Mississippi: Dept. of Archives: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/gen_research.php

Missouri: State Archives, Death Certs: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/

            State Archives, Birth & death pre 1910: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/birthdeath/

            St. Louis: http://www.germanroots.com/stlouis.html

Nevada: State Library: http://nsla.nevadaculture.org//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=587&Itemid=95

Las Vegas (Clark Co. ONLY) marriages 1984 to date
http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/clerk/Services/Pages/MarriageLicenseRecords.aspx

New Hampshire: http://recordsproject.com/genealogy/new-hampshire.asp

New Jersey: Archives: http://www.njarchives.org/links/webcat/genealogy.html

New Mexico: Birth, Death: http://www.deathindexes.com/newmexico/index.html

New York: Birth, Marriage, Death:  http://www.italiangen.org/VRECLIST.stm

City Death Index 1891-1919 http://www.stevemorse.org/vital/nydeath.html

North Dakota: Public Death Index: https://secure.apps.state.nd.us/doh/certificates/deathCertSearch.htm

            NDSU: http://library.ndsu.edu/archives/biography-genealogy

Ohio: Death Certificates 1913-1937 http://www.ohiohistory.org/dindex/

Please note that the Ohio Historical Society has all the death records for the period 1908 through 1944.  They also have 1945-1953, but they too are not yet indexed in any form for the public’s use. They will send you to the county to get copies if needed. They also have newspaper indexes and more.  Investigate!

Oklahoma: Historical Society: http://www.okhistory.org/research/index.html

Oregon: Oregon State Archives > Oregon Historical Records http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/vital.html

Ancestry.com has Death Indexes 1903-1998 on line ($$) www.ancestry.com

            Oregon: Birth records are closed for 100 years; marriage records are available, but to get a copy of the application, 50 years is the rule; death records are closed for last 50 years, then you can go to Oregon State Archives for a copy. http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/banners/genealogy.htm

Oregonian (newspaper index) search: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/prs/personProfileSearch.do?earlyOregonian=true&searchReset=true

            Other Oregonian access is through a Multnomah County Library card.

Pennsylvania: Register of Wills: http://paperless.co.lancaster.pa.us/viewerportal/portal.asp?cc=true

Rhode Island: Where to get vital records: http://www.rihs.org/Vitals.htm      

South Dakota: Birth records older than 100 years:                                                                                     http://www.state.sd.us/applications/PH14Over100BirthRec/index.asp

Tennessee: History & Genealogy Index: http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/vital/index.htm

Tennessee State Library & Archives: http://www.tn.gov/tsla/Collections.htm  

Death Index 1949-2005 (center, all counties): http://register.shelby.tn.us/

Texas: Death Records 1964-1998 http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/tx/death/search.cgi

            Index to Probate Records: http://three-legged-willie.org/texas.htm

            Family Tree Legends: Births, 1926-1995: http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/txbirths

            Family Tree Legends: Marriages: http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/txmarriages

            Family Tree Legends: Deaths, 1964-1998: http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/txdeaths

Utah: Death Certificate Index, 1904-1958: http://archives.utah.gov/research/indexes/20842.htm

            State Archives: http://historyresearch.utah.gov/indexes/index.html

Vermont: Vital Records: http://vermont-archives.org/research/genealogy/vitals/  (scroll down to see index for PR-016).

            Family Tree Legends, Deaths, 1989-2001: http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/25859

            Ancestry.com has birth records; marriage records and death records for 1909-2008.

Virginia: Library of VA: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/using_collections.asp#_guides-BirthsDeathsMarriagesVitalRecords

Washington: Secretary of State, Vital Records: http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/VitalRecords.aspx

West Virginia: Vital Records: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/

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