Vital Records Checklist

I am taking the NGS Home Study Course in American Genealogy. While I am covering ground I have covered before, I get a lot out of doing this in a focused way. One method they are applying is a simple checklist of records, whether we are talking about census records, vital records, or anything else one might look for as one conducts a “reasonably exhaustive search.” While I have done this before, the process has led me to come up with a handy overview of where I stand with vital records. Below is my checklist, with the living people in my pedigree removed.

No. 2: Carl Lawrence JONES (1927-2003)
Birth 1927 West Virginia Vital Registration Office, Charleston, West Virginia
Marriage 1949 California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, California (1949-1986 and 1998-1999). (If not here, check with the Los Angeles County Recorder, Los Angeles, California.)
Death 2003 New Mexico Vital Records, Albuquerque, New Mexico
No. 4: Lawrence Lake JONES (1895-1968)
Birth 1895 Cabell County Clerk of Court, Huntington, West Virginia. (State office has records since January 1917. For earlier records, write to Clerk of County Court in county where event occurred.)
Marriage 1922 Kenton County Clerk of Court, Covington, Kentucky
Death 1968 Virginia State Health Department, Division of Vital Statistics, Richmond, Virginia – Privacy laws in Virginia prohibit my access to this record until 2018.
No. 5: Thelma Elizabeth POWELL (1906-1990)
Birth 1906 Summers County Clerk of Court, Hinton, West Virginia. (State office has records since January 1917. For earlier records, write to Clerk of County Court in county where event occurred.)
Death 1990 California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, California
No. 6: Ernest Melvin HILL (1895-1933)
Birth 1895 State of Nebraska Vital Records, Lincoln, Nebraska. (State office has records since late 1904. If birth occurred before then, write the State office for information.) (It is unlikely that the State ever created a delayed birth record for Ernest Melvin HILL, as he died prior to the institution on Social Security drove the creation of delayed birth certificates.
Marriage 1924 State of Nebraska Vital Records, Lincoln, Nebraska. (Local records may also exist in the Valley County Clerk, Ord, Nebraska, http://www.co.valley.ne.us/clerk.html .)

[
Update: 2 July 2010:
I received this from the Valley County Clerk on 2 July 2010. I had sent the request on June 21st; the turn around was impressive. See A Marriage Certificate from 1924 Leads to a Birth Record from 1864 for more information.]
Death 1933 State of Nebraska Vital Records, Lincoln, Nebraska
No. 7: Helen Kjerstine JOHNSON (1894-1976)
Birth 1894 State of Nebraska Vital Records, Lincoln, Nebraska. (State office has records since late 1904. If birth occurred before then, write the State office for information.)
Death 1976 California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, California
No. 8: Calvin Jackson JONES (1855-1933)
Birth ca. 1855 Wayne County Clerk of Court, Wayne, West Virginia. (State office has records since January 1917. For earlier records, write to Clerk of County Court in county where event occurred.)
Marriage 1888 Fayette County Clerk of Court, Fayetteville, West Virginia
Death 1933 California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, California
No. 9: Melissa Jane MILLER (1863-1907)
Birth 1863 Fayette County Clerk of Court, Fayetteville, West Virginia. (State office has records since January 1917. For earlier records, write to Clerk of County Court in county where event occurred.)
Death 1907 Cabell County Clerk of Court, Huntington, West Virginia.
No. 10: Walter Mansfield POWELL (1886-1936)
Birth 1886 Virginia State Health Department, Division of Vital Statistics, Richmond, Virginia
Marriage 1905 Summers County Clerk of Court, Hinton, West Virginia
Death 1936 West Virginia Vital Registration Office, Charleston, West Virginia
No. 11: Faye Lee LUTZ (1888-1974)
Birth 1888 Summers County Clerk of Court, Hinton, West Virginia. (State office has records since January 1917. For earlier records, write to Clerk of County Court in county where event occurred.)
Death 1974 West Virginia Vital Registration Office, Charleston, West Virginia
No. 12: Alvin Leslie HILL (1864-1928)
Birth 1864 Archives National du Québec, Sainte-Foye, Québec, Canada

[Update, 2 July 2010: I found the baptismal record of Alvin Leslie HILL on Ancestry as follows:

Entry for Alvin Leslie Hill, 1864; Québec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 [database on-line]. Ancestry.com: Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Québec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.

See A Marriage Certificate from 1924 Leads to a Birth Record from 1864 for more information.]

Marriage 1892 Howard County Clerk of Court, St. Paul, Nebraska or Valley County Clerk of Court, Ord, Nebraska
Death 1928 Nebraska Vital Registration Office, Lincoln, Nebraska
No. 13: Mary Jane SCOTT (1872-1968)
Birth 1872 Archives National du Québec, Sainte-Foye, Québec, Canada
Death 1968 Nebraska Vital Registration Office, Lincoln, Nebraska
No. 14: Nels JOHNSON (1863-1946)
Birth 1863 Swedish church records, Vallby, Kristianstads län, Sweden
Marriage 1888 Box Butte County Clerk of Court, Alliance, Nebraska
Death 1946 Nebraska Vital Registration Office, Lincoln, Nebraska
No. 15: Alice Margaret GREGG (1870-1919)
Birth 1870 Adams County Clerk, Corning, Iowa. (Iowa state office has records since July 1880. No indication of whether earlier records exist at the county level.)
Death 1919 Nebraska Vital Registration Office, Lincoln, Nebraska

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