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.né.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. Mon­tréal, 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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