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Vital records include birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, naturalization records, and adoption records.
Birth and Death Indexes
Texas Birth Indexes from 1926–1995 and Death Indexes from 1964–1998 are available on the Internet. The user must download a helper application and the files to view them.
Social Security Death Index
To locate information about persons that are deceased, search the Social Security Administration's national death index database made available by Ancestry.com. Given are birth date, death date, ZIP Code where the person lived, ZIP Code where death benefits were sent, and Social Security Number.
Newspaper Obituaries, Genealogy, Obituary, Funeral Resources
Archives of U.S. newspaper obituaries and download free genealogy forms and printable family tree charts. Also includes advice on writing obituaries, eulogies, and words of condolence, and advice on researching genealogy and organizing funerals.
Where to Write for Vital Records
A list of contacts and information about obtaining birth and death records for each state. To use this valuable tool, you must first determine the state or area where the birth, death, marriage, or divorce occurred, then select that state or area from the directory.
Information from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs on common issues regarding travel and immigration as it relates to family issues such as marriage, divorce, death, and birth abroad.