Birth records represent part of a triad of records known as “vital records” which also includes marriage and death records. Vital records are among the fundamental building blocks of sound genealogical research. Birth records verify an ancestor’s identity from her beginning, usually identifying an infant with her parents. Since birth records tend to be recorded near the time of the birth, they are generally considered quite accurate.
The Anatomy of a Birth Record Legacy QuickGuide™ contains valuable information on how to interpret the data in a variety of birth records including birth certificates and birth registers. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.