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'''Searching Online Sources for Birth, Marriage, Death, and Divorce Records'''  
 
'''Searching Online Sources for Birth, Marriage, Death, and Divorce Records'''  
  
Online vital record resources usually consist of indexes to birth, marriage, death and divorce records, however original records are available on a few sites. When searching indexes, use the internet as a quick resource to locate the individual, then send for the original record where you may confirm for yourself whether the information in the index is correct. Indexes and compiled records have errors and original records should always be consulted if possible. The original records usually have more information about the person and those related to him/her.
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Online vital record resources usually consist of indexes to birth, marriage, death and divorce records, however original records are available on a few sites. When searching indexes, use the internet as a quick resource to locate the individual, then send for the original record where you may confirm for yourself whether the information in the index is correct. Indexes and compiled records have errors and original records should always be consulted if possible. The original records usually have more information about the person and those related to him/her.  
  
When you are ready to send for the original record. Detailed information for obtaining birth and death records after January 1908; marriage records after August 1936 and divorce records after January 1950 for the State of [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/alabama.htm Alabama] is available on the CDC or [[ http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm|Center Disease Control]] website.  
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When you are ready to send for the original record. Detailed information for obtaining birth and death records after January 1908; marriage records after August 1936 and divorce records after January 1950 for the State of [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/alabama.htm Alabama] is available on the CDC or [Http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm Center Disease Control] website.  
  
 
The following online sites may assist you in your search for Alabama Vital Records. Free sites are listed first, followed by sites with partial free and paid access to their collections, then finally sites are listed that charge for searching most of their vital record databases.   
 
The following online sites may assist you in your search for Alabama Vital Records. Free sites are listed first, followed by sites with partial free and paid access to their collections, then finally sites are listed that charge for searching most of their vital record databases.   
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The USGenWeb.org is dedicated to providing free genealogy websites for research in every county and state of the United States. At [http://usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb.org] there is a link for each of the 50 states. The state pages, including [http://www.algenweb.us/ Alabama], have links to all of the counties of that state. Take time to explore the counties and states related to your research and check back from time to time for new content.
  
 
A limited, but growing, collection of indexed [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=3&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Alabama Vital Records] may be found in the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=3 Alabama Historical Records] at ancestry.com. There is a fee to search these online databases if the subscription is not canceled after the initial trial period. Contact your local library or archives to see if they offer free public access to Ancestry.com with a library card.
 
A limited, but growing, collection of indexed [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=3&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Alabama Vital Records] may be found in the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=3 Alabama Historical Records] at ancestry.com. There is a fee to search these online databases if the subscription is not canceled after the initial trial period. Contact your local library or archives to see if they offer free public access to Ancestry.com with a library card.

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Searching Online Sources for Birth, Marriage, Death, and Divorce Records

Online vital record resources usually consist of indexes to birth, marriage, death and divorce records, however original records are available on a few sites. When searching indexes, use the internet as a quick resource to locate the individual, then send for the original record where you may confirm for yourself whether the information in the index is correct. Indexes and compiled records have errors and original records should always be consulted if possible. The original records usually have more information about the person and those related to him/her.

When you are ready to send for the original record. Detailed information for obtaining birth and death records after January 1908; marriage records after August 1936 and divorce records after January 1950 for the State of Alabama is available on the CDC or Center Disease Control website.

The following online sites may assist you in your search for Alabama Vital Records. Free sites are listed first, followed by sites with partial free and paid access to their collections, then finally sites are listed that charge for searching most of their vital record databases. 

The USGenWeb.org is dedicated to providing free genealogy websites for research in every county and state of the United States. At USGenWeb.org there is a link for each of the 50 states. The state pages, including Alabama, have links to all of the counties of that state. Take time to explore the counties and states related to your research and check back from time to time for new content.

A limited, but growing, collection of indexed Alabama Vital Records may be found in the Alabama Historical Records at ancestry.com. There is a fee to search these online databases if the subscription is not canceled after the initial trial period. Contact your local library or archives to see if they offer free public access to Ancestry.com with a library card.