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Research A-Z ~ Vital Records

For the month of April, we have highlighted some of the 225+ genealogy and research courses offered at The International Institute for Genealogical Studies. There are a variety of themes and topics to choose from. Hopefully, we will feature some courses that you were not aware of and pique your interest to explore further.

Genealogical Research from A to Z


Vital Records are vital to our research! They are usually the first records we seek out. At the minimum, it would include birth, marriage and death records (BMDs), but also baptism, marriage and burial records, plus their related records. They may be called by various names: Vital records, Vital stats, Civil registration, etc. 

Religious records, Church records, Parish records, and Old Parish records (OPRs), as well as Cemetery and Mortuary records are also rich sources for revealing BMD information. The process of accessing these records may vary greatly in each country or region. Researchers must familiarize themselves with what is available and especially, special collections in local repositories. The following list of courses will give suggestions for researching specifically. 

Vital Records Courses  

Australian: Births, Deaths & Marriages 
Australian: Church Records 
Australian: Other Sources for Births, Deaths & Marriages 
Canadian: Religious Records 
Canadian: Vital Statistics Records-Part 1 
Canadian: Vital Statistics Records-Part 2 
Discover Your Family History
English: Civil Registration Records Including Wales 
English: Court Records-Criminal, Civil & Ecclesiastical 
German: Church Records 
German: Civil Registration Records 
Google for the Wise Genealogist
Irish: Civil Registration
Irish: Conformist and Non-Conformist Church Records 
Irish: Monumental (Gravestone) Inscriptions 
Life of Our Ancestors 
Research: FamilySearch Resources – In Person and Online 
Research: The National Archives of England
Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records 
Scottish: Beyond the OPRs (Not Scheduled)
Scottish: Old Parish Registers 
Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist 
US: Cemetery and Mortuary Records 
US: Religious Records-Part 1 
US: Religious Records-Part 2

US: Vital Records, Understanding and Using the Records

Vital Records are usually the first records we look for

Research A-Z 

Vital Records are invaluable to all researchers no matter what genealogical focus you choose. After searching the common sources, go beyond and seek out unique collections for your research location.

The International Institute of Genealogical Studies offers quality online education with over 240 courses. Our wide range of courses cover specific countries, enhance methodology research, build skills to maximize your research time, and all count toward the certification you choose. 

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