Wish your state would put vital records on the Web, as the states such as Arizona and Minnesota have? You may be able to help the cause. The offices that maintain birth, marriage and death certificates don't go it alone — they usually get outside assistance from other agencies or volunteer groups to complete indexing and digitization projects. For example:
• The Minnesota Historical Society designed and hosts the state's online death-certificate index.
• Ohio's death-certificate index grew out of a grant-funded project directed by the State Library of Ohio <winslo.state.oh.us>.