sorry this isn't related to italian genealogy, but how do i go about obtaining a copy of a birth certificate for someone in the states? i just today found my gggrandfather's birthdate on a census and want to get his birth certificate to find out his parents names. I have the year and month (actually, could be one of two years, writing is kinda messy), but just don't know exactly where to look or do i just send off a letter to the county he was born in? thanks for all the help! this site is so wonderful!
Every state has its own laws regarding vital records and when they required them. Varies widely. I usually use google or Cindy's list to search for the requirements of the state. You can also check the LDS site to see if the records you want are available on microfilm.
Let us have the name of your ggggrandfather and the census you found listing him. We might be able to help with the names of his parents...doesn't hurt to have another pair of eyes see what they can find!
Oh, thank you! His name is Walter Amol Franks. I found him on the 1900 census in Peoria County, Illinois. On there is said he was born in June (or maybe January?) of 1879. His wife was Nellie and daughter Elsey (whose name we thought was Elta).Occupation was barber. His son that was my ggrandfather was on the 1920 census. Orville J. Franks. Was a private in the military in Germany and was 19 years old. I hope this information helps. I'm getting ready to send off a letter to Peoria County later this week to see if I can get a birth certificate, too.
thank you wldspirit. i really appreciate the offer. today i've been searching to see what i can find out on them on the internet before i do any more, and tomorrow i'm going to the FHL. I'm hoping to send off and be able to get a birth certificate and go from there.