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State and county government offices maintain records of individuals’ birth, death, marriage, and divorce. The records also contain identifiable information regarding parents and spouses. It’s interesting to note that the public can view the records in person at the governmental authority maintaining them. For a fee, copies of the records remain available, but restrictions for certified copies prevent unauthorized persons from getting them. Official certified copies contain the governmental authority’s seal, making them suitable for identification. Only immediate family members or those with written authority may get a certified copy of a vital record. Uncertified copies do not contain the seal and do not qualify for proof of identification.
Individuals born in the United States have their birth recorded into the vital records database of the governmental authority by order of the state and managed by municipal officials. The record of birth, called a birth certificate, lists the name, time and place of the birth, gender, height, weight, parents’ names, and race of the individual. Also included in most cases is the doctor or midwife that observed the birth. Birth records are the first vital record a person is given. Permanent records of births dates back to the earliest days of civilization to track population numbers.
Establishment of marriage, associated more than a contract than a union between two people retains its sanctity, whether as a contract, marriage bond, license, or proclamation. Documentation of marriage, or a license, is the only qualifier of an official marriage bond in most states, with the license obtained at the clerk’s office of the town where the marriage occurs and is considered a vital record.
A final divorce decree denotes an end to a marriage according to a court’s final order. The process leading up to the decree varies by state and local laws, but most require a period to pass to allow for a possible reaffirmation of the marriage. The decree states the parties’ rights and responsibilities including child custody, child support, alimony if applicable, property division, and financial responsibilities of each party. When the court signs the decree, it signifies a binding dissolution of the marriage.
The death record of an individual contains the death certificate, also known as the medical certificate. It lists the cause and location of the death, the individual’s name, address, and birth date. Consider the death record as the most important document of a person’s vital records. The record sheds light on the life of the deceased person, and other records related to the individual. Issued by an authorized government official, the death certificate also is in the public domain and persons requesting documents related to a death must follow certain procedures beforehand.
Most states will seal adoption records after finalization of the adoption, including withholding them from public view or inspection. States have established procedures to get your own adoption records, but they vary by state. The procedures in place take great care to protect the interests of parties involved.
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