Pre-1913 Vital Records Recorded Webinar Replay

Pre-1913 Vital Records Recorded Webinar Replay

The North Carolina Genealogical Society is delighted to present:
Diane L. Richard

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“Pre-1913 Vital Records – Challenging and Elusive and Not Necessarily Impossible to Find”

This recorded Webinar will be freely available to the public from 2-4 February 2018 (12 am Friday to 12 pm Sunday, EST).
(The live webinar was originally presented on 21 Nov 2014.)

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About the Webinar:

Though North Carolina didn’t start officially requiring birth certificates until 1913 and death certificates until 1930, it doesn’t mean that you cannot determine when and where earlier birth, marriage, and death events occurred. So, what can you do when a certain official vital record cannot be found? Well, you can search for the next best thing—what we call a substitute record. This means that we have to be more creative in our pursuit of this information.
Some locales did start registration of such events as early as the 1880s and various Civil War records can be quite informative. Newspapers, church, voting, cemetery, estate, court, tax, directory, and school records can all help us sometimes identify those elusive birth, marriage, or death dates and places, or at least give us a better and more narrow approximation of when and where. Let’s take a look at some examples of pre-1913 vital records substitutes—both the obvious and those that are a bit more obscure..

About the Speaker:

Diane L. Richard is a professional genealogist and owner of Mosaic Research and Project Management. She has been doing genealogy research since 1987 and since 2004 has focused more on the records of North Carolina, including African American (and slave) research and into those who migrated into, through, or out of North Carolina..

Diane is a member of the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She is the editor of Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society, Wake Treasures, the journal of the Wake County Genealogical Society, and the NCGS Journal, the quarterly journal of the North Carolina Genealogical Society. She is a regular author for Internet Genealogy and Family Chronicle. Diane can be found online at

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