The Villages Genealogical Society
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Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce and death records.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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Public record keeping was very unorganized in previous generations.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request the long form which will have more information than the short form.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request a non-certified copy. It contains exactly the same information as the certified copy but is less expensive.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the event. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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Death Records can be the least accurate records depending upon the knowledge of the person reporting the information about the deceased. How much do your children know about you?
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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Names for causes of death have changed over time. Try to match the old name with the current medical name.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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Birth Records can be difficult to obtain because they can be used for so many purposes. You may be required to provide proof of relationship and proof of the person's death.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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Marriage Records may only be records of the wedding. However, you may also find the Application for Marriage completed by the bride and groom-to-be. Marriage records may also be corroborated with church records. Check everything for correctness. There could also be a newspaper account of the wedding.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016
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Look carefully at marriage records. The witnesses and bondsmen may be related to either party.
Last Updated: 22 March 2016