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What are vital records?

There are many things of vital importance to a hunter. They may be the foundation to his success. For example, a hunter needs knowledge about the terrain and weather. He should also have a good sense of direction and know the best location for the objective. Once the hunter has found a location, knowledge of the resources that are available is also important.

In genealogical research, vital records are the foundation to our success. Vital records pertain to birth, marriage and death records. Divorce records are sometimes classified as vital records, but more often, as court records.

The order in which vital records are obtained can speed up successful searches. By first searching the last vital event in a person's life (his or her death), you will find clues to earlier events and often save time and money.

Ordering copies of vital records offers extraordinary advantages to the ancestral hunter. Click on each type of vital record to learn what information may be found:

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