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|Genealogy Class - Vital Records|
Event Type: Adults|
Age Group(s): Adults
Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
Gwen Kelley, a librarian who specializes in genealogy and local history, will lead a seminar on vital records for family researchers at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.Library: East Bank Regional Library Map
This event is free of charge and is open to the public. There is no registration.
According to Kelley, vital records most commonly refer to records such as birth and death certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees, wills and the like. These records are created by local authorities, and with possible exceptions for events overseas, in the military, or in the District of Columbia.
Records of marriages were generally the first vital records kept in a locality. In most states, the counties or towns began recording marriages as soon as they were established. Whether the marriage ceremony was performed by a civil or a church authority, local laws required the marriage to be recorded in civil records.
The local health departments of a few large cities began recording births and deaths by the mid-1800s. For example, records exist for Baltimore (from 1875), Boston (from 1639), New Orleans (from 1790), New York (from 1847), and Philadelphia (from 1860). The early records are usually incomplete. Many counties in the East and Midwest were recording births and deaths by the late 1800's.
Each state eventually developed its own laws and created a statewide registration system. Unfortunately, these records do not exist until the early 1900's in most states. Local offices did not always comply immediately with the registration laws. Within 20 years after registration laws were enacted, most states were recording at least 90 percent of the births and deaths.
During this presentation, Kelley will demonstrate how researchers can find vital records.
Location: Jefferson & Napoleon Rooms
Contact: Gwen Kelley
Contact Number: 504-838-1100
Presenter: Gwen Kelley