Adds 28 Million U.S. Vital Records

by Amy Johnson Crow

Posted on April 4, 2013

You might have heard about the recent addition of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America records on The new records don't stop there! In addition to the ELCA collections, we have added more than 28 million vital records from seven states. These 21 collections contain some fantastic genealogical information.

Highlights Include:

Illinois Death and Stillbirth Index covers 1916 through 1947. Information varies, but can include name, gender, race, birth date, birth place, age, death date, death place, occupation, residence, marital status, spouse's name, parent's names, cemetery name, and date of burial.

Arkansas Marriage Index covers 1837 to 1957 and includes information taken from marriage records found in Arkansas county Courts of Common Pleas. Information, when available, includes the names of the bride and groom, their ages and residences, marriage date, license date, and the county where the marriage took place.

Michigan Death and Burial Index includes death and burial records from a variety of sources from 1867 through 1995. Information varies, but can include the person's name, gender, birth date and place, death date and place, spouse's name, and parents' names.

Full List of Recently-added U.S. Vital Records:

  • Alabama Marriage Records, 1800-1969
  • Arkansas County Marriage Records, 1779-1992
  • Arkansas Marriage Records, Selected Counties, 1851-1900
  • Arkansas Marriage Index, 1837-1957
  • Illinois Death and Stillbirth Index, 1916-1947
  • Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003
  • Massachusetts Town Birth Records, 1620-1850
  • Massachusetts Town Marriage Records, 1620-1850
  • Massachusetts Marriage Records, Selected Towns, 1633-1850
  • Massachusetts Town Death Records, 1620-1850
  • Michigan Death Index, 1971-1996
  • Michigan Marriage Records, Early, -1850
  • Michigan Marriage Records, Selected Counties, 1851-1875
  • Michigan Birth and Christening Index, 1867-1911
  • Michigan Death and Burial Index, 1867-1995
  • Oregon Death Index, 1898-2008
  • Oregon Marriage Index, 1906-1924 and 1946-2008
  • West Virginia Marriage Records, Selected Counties, 1863-1900
  • West Virginia Birth Records, 1853-1969
  • West Virginia Death Records, 1853-1973
  • West Virginia Marriage Records, 1785-1971

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