Vital records appear as documents, registers or certificates listing births, deaths, marriages and adoptions on the state or county level. These U.S. vital records are invaluable sources to extract family history about life span, surnames to track often elusive maternal lineage, and place of origin, to list just a few.
U.S. vital records are usually documented by a civil authority, or local municipality, although local churches often provided the earliest instances of birth, marriage and death certificates well before mandatory government registration. These certificates are accurate sources recorded close to the actual event.
The Massachusetts vital records is just one collection on findmypast. This ancestry collection is one of the most comprehensive state indexes of vital records. The state required family history records to be collected from each town and city covering the nation's founding members and historical figures who shaped the United States.
See below for a breakdown of findmypast's other birth, marriage and death records collections.
This is a particularly important vital record to settle any discrepancies with spelling of names or birth year in other sources, for example U.S. Census and Land Substitute records or Immigration and Travel records .
The findmypast indexes often give a visual transcript of the death certificate, in addition to information (depending on the local authority and time period) such as address of family residence, location of death and the occupation.
Social Security Death Index is a comprehensive collection of more than 100 million death records at findmypast, including the complete Social Security Death Index (SSDI) created from the Social Security Master Death File. The SSDI includes entries from every state in the United States and covers deaths in the United States between the 1930s and the present day.
Kentucky Death Records 1911-2007 offers a solid reference for family history, totaling 2.8 million US records that detail close to 100 years of ancestry.
Marriage records on findmypast are relatively recent allowing for a solid launching point for any family tree that is missing maternal lineage. This means you may find marriage records that include the surname of a female relative, opening an entire new chapter of your family history search. Or perhaps, you will find a short-lived union that may have been left uncovered.
Where available, each entry includes an individual’s full name, age, gender, and race as well as their spouse’s full name, age, gender, and race. The date and location of the marriage, as well as the groom’s marital status.
Kentucky Marriage records contain 1,098,262 marriages from 1973 to 1999.
Texas Marriage Index, 1968-2010 documents 15,212,094 marriages in the lone star state, provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Where available, each birth record entry includes an individual’s full name, birth date, and birthplace. In addition, each record typically includes the full name of the individual’s mother.
Birth transcriptions may include:
Kentucky Birth records from 1911 to 2007 contains 6,801,326 birth records in this comprehensive US vital records collection.