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Links to State Vital Records Departments

When available, vital records can play a vital role in locating our ancestors. Because availability, restrictions, fees, and request procedures vary from state to state and change periodically, it is a good idea to check with the appropriate agency for the state of interest to make sure you have the most current information. This reference corner contains a list of links to state vital records departments for each state in the U.S.

Ancestry.com subscribers also enjoy access to a growing collection of vital records in the Birth, Marriage & Death collection. For a list of vital records available on Ancestry.com, go to the Card Catalog and select Birth, Marriage & Death. In the Location Filters on the left, select USA and then the state where your ancestor lived.

Alabama
http://adph.org/vitalrecords
Alaska
http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/bvs/ 
Arizona
http://www.azdhs.gov/vitalrcd/index.htm
Arkansas
http://www.healthyarkansas.com/certificates/certificates.html
California
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ovr/Pages/default.aspx
Colorado
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/certs/index.html
Connecticut
http://www.dph.state.ct.us/OPPE/hpvital.htm 
Delaware
http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/ss/vitalstats.html
District of Columbia
http://doh.dc.gov/doh/site/default.asp 
Florida
http://www.doh.state.fl.us/planning_eval/vital_statistics/index.html 
Georgia
http://www.georgia.gov/00/channel_title/0,2094,4802_5009,00.html
Hawaii
http://hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/
Idaho
http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Families/BirthDeathMarriageDivorceCertificates/tabid/82/Default.aspx
Illinois
http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm
Indiana
http://www.in.gov/isdh/20444.htm 
Iowa
http://www.idph.state.ia.us/apl/health_statistics.asp#vital
Kansas
http://www.kdhe.state.ks.us/vital/ 
Kentucky
http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/ 
Louisiana
http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/?ID=252
Maine
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/vitalrecords.htm
Maryland
http://www.dhmh.state.md.us/lifeevents/birth&deathcert.htm
Massachusetts
http://www.state.ma.us/dph/bhsre/rvr/rvr.htm 
Michigan
http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-4645---,00.html
Minnesota
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/osr/index.html
Mississippi
http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/phs/index.htm 
Missouri
(http://www.dhss.mo.gov/BirthAndDeathRecords/index.html
Montana
http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/statisticalinformation/vitalrecordsstatistics.shtml
Nebraska
http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/ced/cedindex.htm 
Nevada
http://health.nv.gov/VS.htm 
New Hampshire
http://www.sos.nh.gov/vitalrecords/
New Jersey
http://www.state.nj.us/health/vital/vital.htm 
New Mexico
http://www.vitalrecordsnm.org/index.shtml 
New York
http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/consumer/vr.htm#application 
North Carolina
http://vitalrecords.dhhs.state.nc.us/ 
North Dakota
http://www.vitalnd.com/ 
Ohio
http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/vitalstats.aspx
Oklahoma
http://www.ok.gov/health/Birth_and_Death_Certificates/ 
Oregon
http://oregon.gov/DHS/ph/chs/order/faqs.shtml
Pennsylvania
http://webserver.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?a=168&Q=229939
Rhode Island
http://www.health.ri.gov/chic/vital/index.php
South Carolina
http://archives.sc.gov/information/vital/ 
South Dakota
http://doh.sd.gov/VitalRecords/order.aspx 
Tennessee
http://health.state.tn.us/vr/ 
Texas
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/default.shtm
Utah
http://health.utah.gov/vitalrecords/
Vermont
http://healthvermont.gov/research/records/vital_records.aspx 
Virginia
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/vitalrec/index.asp
Washington
http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehsphl/chs/cert.htm 
West Virginia
http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/ 
Wisconsin
http://www.dhfs.state.wi.us/VitalRecords/index.htm 
Wyoming
http://wdh.state.wy.us/vital_records/certificate.asp

Note: These links change periodically and while we try to stay current, you may run across a website that has changed. You can e-mail outdated links to Juliana@Ancestry.com.