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Where to search
Birth, Marriage, and Death records may be searched within Ancestry Library Edition in a number of ways:
- The Home and Search tabs allow you to search across all data collections in Ancestry Library Edition, including the birth, marriage, and death records.
- Locate and click on "Birth, Marriage, & Death" on the Search tab drop-down menu to use search fields specific to these records and narrow your search to only these types of records.
- From the Search tab search page, locate and click on "Birth, Marriage, & Death" found in the right-side Special Collections list to use search fields specific to these records and narrow your search to only these records
- Using the Card Catalog link (Search drop-down menu or right link on Search page) or button (bottom right of Search page), filter the list of data collection to view only birth, marriage, and death records.
Birth, Marriage, & Death records
Birth, Marriage, and Death records, collectively known as vital records, can provide details about important milestones in your ancestors’ lives. They include information like the event date and place, parents’ names, occupation and residence. The cause of death is also included in most death records.
Vital records are a cornerstone of family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more likely to be accurate. This category includes indexes that can help you request copies from vital records keepers, and in some cases the images of actual records.