Vital records are records of life events kept under governmental authority, including birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates. In some jurisdictions, vital records may also include records of civil unions or domestic partnerships.
In the United Kingdom, vital records are recorded in the civil registry.
Various European countries are members of an International Commission on Civil Status which provides a mutually recognized Convention on the coding of entries appearing in civil status documents, with common codes and translation tables between the language of the member states. They also provide an English unofficial translation.
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- Where to Write for Vital Records in the US - National Center for Health Statistics
- Vital Records Offices - directory of vital records offices in the United States.
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