These Records Are Vital

It seems that some kind of government record accompanies every major event in our lives. One is generated when we are born, another when we get married (as well as get divorced), another when we have a child, and still another when we pass on. Vital records is the collective name for records of these events. Traditionally, these records have been kept at the local level. Some states have only recently made an effort to collect and centralize their holdings of vital records. In a similar manner, the record holders have just recently begun to expand the number of vital record indexes available online. You're likely to encounter four types of vital record sites: general information sites, vital record indexes, transcribed vital records, and digital image collections.

Figure 5-8:

1840 Illinois State Census image for Calhoun County at HistoryKat. com.

Figure 5-8:

1840 Illinois State Census image for Calhoun County at HistoryKat. com.

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