Genealogy Friday: Vital Records—Marriage Bonds

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  Marriage bonds are different than marriage licenses. Marriage bonds were used by the states before marriage licenses were issued. A bond was often {especially in the late 18th and early 19th centuries} an agreement between the bride’s father {or … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Vital Records— Marriage License

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Marriage license are another great resource, along with death certificates. Marriage license are available to the general public at the probate court in the county of the marriage. Marriage license began to be issued in the early 20th Century.  To … Continued

Genealogy Friday—Vital Records: Death Certificates

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Some death certificates are easier to obtain than birth certificates. Like birth certificates, the death certificate was not a legal document until the early 20th Century. This has also proven to be a frustration in many of the earlier records … Continued

Genealogy Friday—Vital Records: Birth Certificates

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Last week, we discussed vital records and their importance.  Now let’s dig a little deeper. When a person is born a birth certificate is filled out and filed with the state. The birth certificate list the date of birth and … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Vital Records

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When researching genealogy, one of the best places to start with vital records. So what are vital records? According the Wikipedia,  “Vital records are records of life events kept under governmental authority, including birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates.” Why are vital records … Continued