Hints & Tips
- Find all the vital records (birth, baptism, death, marriage records) that you can for each ancestor.
- These records will give you clues for searching for more information.
- Check Cyndis List http://www.cyndislist.com to find if your state has online records or only information for sending for records.
More Hints & Tips
"For the estimated 75% of American families with ancestors who once lived in, or passed through, New York City, the Archives is a mandatory stop on the research trail."
(From NYC's Department of Records)
Vital Record Resources
Vital Records (birth, marriage, death)
a) Vital Records Information
Information for ordering birth, death, marriage records online.
Select the state you are interested in.
b) Obituary Central
A database of searching, by state, obituaries and cemeteries.
An example of a state vital record index.
The Municipal Archives maintains vital records for the five boroughs of New York.
Includes online application forms
e) Online Searchable Death Indexes
A directory of links to websites with online death indexes.
Listed by state and county.
f) Social Security Death Index
Provides information for searching the SSDI at various sites.