Vital records most often refer to birth, marriage, death and divorce records held at the state level. Here, learn the different types of information you can find in each.
See at a glance the years that each US state began keeping state-level birth, marriage and death records. (Note that many counties began recording these events earlier.)
Without the right records, you might struggle to take your family tree back another generation. Here's how you can find your ancestor's parents without birth or marriage certificates.Read More
Find your deceased 20th-century ancestors using the free Social Security Death Index. Learn how to search the indexed death records online with these tips.
Learn details about your ancestor's death and his place in the community with obituaries and death notices. These tips will help you find and understand them.