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Differing Guidelines for state vital records
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Created By:camille boyd
I am somewhat of a novice, but I ordered death certificates for my great, great grandparents in Birmingham, AL. I was told by one of the office reps that you can not obtain birth certificates if you are not the child of the person. Secondly laws are changing in Al that will state you wont be able to access death records either. Please comment and enlighten me on your experiences.
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Created By:Diane Wright_1

Hi Camille,


It has been my experience that jurisdictions allow genealogy copies of vital records--ie not certified copies--to genealogists. It may be that the records need to be x number of years old. If you emphasize that you are only requesting genealogy copies--which are less expensive than certified copies anyway--you may find that doors will open.

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