When you are trying to research your family history, how do you go about getting free birth records to help you out? Well, it isn’t easy to get free birth records of anyone. The least painful way to help you figure out your family tree with birth records is to access a free trial of one of the many genealogical websites, such an ancestry.com or familylink.com. You will have access to the site for a few days. Sometimes this will be enough time to find the information you need from someone’s birth certificate records.
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Some sites, such as the Mormon (LDS) Family History resources and a few government sites, allow their visitors to view and download certificates for free. But, in most cases, you will need to order copies of birth certificates from the appropriate county, state, or national government office. If you decide to pay for the vital records you need, you might wish to read our page which lists basic ways to save money and where to go when ordering vital records.
Many genealogy societies as well as governments and other organizations and groups are in the process of digitizing vital records, and their online databases are incomplete. That is because, rather than wait until all records have been indexed, they put the records indexed thus far online. So if you do not find what you want to find at a particular site, do check back periodically to see if the records you are really interested in have been added to the database.
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In the long run, if you want unlimited access to finding free birth records, it is not easy at all. You can eventually find this information, but you will click on many, many links before you do so. It can be like looking for a needle in a haystack!
If you know where your ancestor was born and you can travel there, try going to the town and looking up his or her records in person. A local historical society or the town clerk might be able to give you the information you need, also, especially if your ancestor was involved in politics or was otherwise historically significant. You may have to pay a small fee for a copy of a birth record.
When searching for a relative’s birth records from the 1840s, try viewing civil war rosters. You may be able to get this for free on recordsbase.com if you take them up on their offer of a free trial period. Here you can gather military records of your ancestors which will have birth date information, leading you to finding free birth records for them.
While searching for birth records, you will probably also be searching for death certificates to verify date and place of a relative’s death. Also take a look at records of marriage certificates, divorce decrees, even real estate transactions may be helpful when trying to pull together everything you need to construct your family history.
Do not forget, when searching for the birth certificates, that your female ancestors who were married had different names at birth, most likely. You will need to first find out the maiden names of your female relatives in order to find their birth records, free or not. For example, although your great grandmother may have been known to you as “Helen Smith”, you will not find her birth record under that name; if she was born “Helen Jones”, you must remember to look for that surname in your search.
Looking over the free birth records of your ancestors can be the key to discovering who and where you came from. There you will find place of birth, date, and the birth name of your relative. Discovering that “Helen Ann Smith” was actually born “Ann Helen Smith” can be an interesting tidbit in your family history. Did she decide to change her name around or was it a clerical error? These questions and many more can be raised and possibly answered during a genealogical search.
by Leonard Smith