Florida Birth Records
When you are researching your family tree, you may have to find birth certificates and such from other states, such as Florida birth records or California, for example. So how do you go about discovering your great-grandmother’s Florida birth records? Well one way to do that is to hire a professional genealogist to do the detective work for you. This however can get quite expensive. And you may lose some of the thrill of the hunt if you don’t get out there and discover your past on your own.
The Bureau of Vital Statistics has three method for providing service:
In Person: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Eastern Standard Time. We are located at 1217 North Pearl Street in Jacksonville, FL 32202.
By Mail: Applications are hyper linked below and should be mailed to:Bureau of Vital Statistics Attn: Vital Records Section P.O. Box 210 Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
By Visiting VitalChek® website/telephoning our only recognized vendor: For those customers wishing to use a credit card, the Bureau has recognized the VitalChek Network as our only external partner. If you wish to use the VitalChek Network, visit their website or telephone 877-550-7330 to speak with a customer representative. Additional fees will apply. If you should experience problems with online ordering, please contact VitalChek for assistance.
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The internet has some wonderful resources these days for searching for something as vital as Florida birth records or vital records from other points in the United States. You can look up birth records, even Florida death records on certain sites. Try, for instance, vital records to begin your search. You will be able to access birth, death, marriage, divorce records and more.
Another resource is going through the state government to request records. You can also try vital_statistics for whatever state you are looking for, and they will be able to send you birth records if you can supply certain information and pay a small fee. What if you don’t have a lot of information to begin with? Then you need to dig a little deeper. A site such as www.ancestry.com can help you find the records you are searching for. Or try a free, preliminary search at www.peoplerecords.com.
After putting in the name of the person your are researching, you will see the name come up on the screen. Once your name is found, there is a fee for you to view the records belonging to that person.
Or go to www.familylink.com for a free three-day trial. Here you can not only access birth certificates but also census, immigration, veteran, and other vital records. If you can gather the information you need within the three days, you have accomplished your search for free! Of course, you may opt to continue searching and pay for a membership, as ancestry searches get more and more interesting as you delve deeper into the past.
Another free search engine for genealogy is www.birthdetails.com. Here, you input the person’s name (no need to input the state unless you are sure of it), and you will see their birth date, their most recent city, and state of residence. Just getting the date of birth may be very helpful to you if you don’t already have it. You will then discover the names of that person’s family (spouse and children).