The new kid on the block, FootNote is known for digitizing historical
documents... many of which are genealogical gems. With naturalizations,
city directories, war records, newspapers, town records, etc... this new
kid is quickly being recognized as an alternative to Ancestry.
While we know our northern friends may not feel it, in the South, Spring is
here. So we thought we'd share a few of our gardening sites appropriate
for this time of the year. Along with gardening, there's grilling, and getting
ready to diet so that you can fit back into that bathing suit this summer!
Vital records, as their name
suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and
death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of
genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are
available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their
recent creation in the United States, are critically important in
genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back
into the nineteenth century.
The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy,
by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.
we try and keep our pages as current as possible, there are instances when
policies change before we find out about them. It is highly recommended
that you call the record offices BEFORE sending money in to purchase a
Bureau of Vital Records,
P.O. Box 3887
Phoenix, AZ 85030-3887
is a "closed record" state. That means that vital
records are not public record. However, a family member, or relative
of the registrant engaged in research for genealogical purposes who
provides proof of relationship to the registrant may request a copy
of a certificate.
The Bureau of Vital Records is responsible for issuing
certified copies of vital records, including birth and death certificates
for events that occurred in Arizona. The Bureau began recording birth and
events in July, 1909. However, it maintains a sampling of delayed birth
records of Arizona citizens from 1855 and death records from 1877 from
By Arizona law, all births that occurred in Arizona over
seventy-five years ago or deaths that occurred over fifty years ago are
available. Non-certified copies may be obtained from the Bureau of
Vital Records by providing an individual's name and place of birth or
death at a cost of $15.00 each.
Applicants must submit a copy of picture identification or have their
request notarized and provide a family tree sketch to illustrate the
family connection and possibly provide proof of family connection such as
a birth certificate. Only the registrant or an immediate family member may
receive copies of Birth Records.
Birth Certified copies of births which occurred from 1990 to the present
cost $10.00 each.
Certified copies of births which occurred before 1990 cost $15.00 each.