Best Websites for Vital Records of 2015
7/21/2015
These websites make it easier to find birth and death certificates, marriage records and ancestors' gravesites.

Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates

Printable or downloadable PDFs of your ancestors’ Grand Canyon State birth certificates (1855-1939) and death certificates (1870-1964) are only a few clicks away.
 
Not quite at a billion yet, this user-contributed site—via easy smartphone apps—is getting there fast. Even if you don’t join in, you can search its ever-growing collection.

BYU Idaho Family History

The highlight of this collection is the Western States Historical Marriage Records Index, with more than 911,000 searchable records from a dozen states. Also look here for Idaho death records.

Cook County, Illinois, Vital Records

Search more than 8 million birth, death and marriage records from the Chicago area here; downloading your finds costs $15 for birth and marriage records and $17 for death records—a lot cheaper than a flight to the Windy City. Privacy restrictions limit birth certificates to 75 years or older, marriage to 50 years or older and deaths to 20 years or older.
Find an ancestor’s final resting place among 121 million worldwide records, then try a virtual look around the cemetery for other kin.
Before you shell out for subscription sites that offer UK birth, marriage and death records, see if you can find your kin for free among the 246 million distinct records at this volunteer-transcription site. Companion sites offer UK census and parish records.

Wie Was Wie

Welcome back to this source of 86.5 million Dutch civil-registration vital records (successor to the old Genlias database), now out of a long beta test and with English-language pages.
 
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