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Order State Vital Records

Many years ago, the states were not required to keep vital records. Fortunately, many did keep these records on their own. It wasn't until the early 1900s that the federal government made it a law that states must keep birth and death records. Records before the federal law were usually kept at the county level.

Do you know the death date of one of your ancestors who died in the US after the 1900s, but  canít find an image of their death certificate online? Have you tried to order a certificate online, but found out that Vital Check will charge you an extra $25?

Follow the steps below to find out how to order state vital records.

   1.  Go to Google.com and do a Google Search for (Your state + vital records.)

   2.  Look for the state health department or (doh). 

   3. Click on the doh website.


  4.  What you are looking for is an application that you can fill out and fax, or mail to the department of health.   Under Forms above, you will see State Applications and Forms.  Click on this link and you will see the following. 



   5.  Here is part of the form when you click on the English link above.

You can fill this out online, print, and mail it to the address given on the second page of this application. If you notice, this will only cost you $5.00 to order from Florida, some states are more, but you will save the $25 vital check charges. However, if you need the certificate fast, Vital Check would be a good option. 


1. Find an ancestor who you want to order a vital record for, this could be a birth, marriage, or death certificate. Try to see if you can find out how to order the record from the state department of health.  

Please contact me if you have any questions and if you are successful.


Carol Hill - carollovesfamilyhistory@gmail.com, 801-380-9192


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