Obtain or locate copies of birth certificates or baptism records, marriage records, death or burial records and obituary notices

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Riddle: I am the person who connects you to your ancestors from long ago. Who am I? (Answer at the end of the blog post)

Elias had always been interested in his family’s history and wanted to know more about his ancestors. He had grown up listening to stories from his grandparents about their parents and grandparents and the struggles they had faced. He had a deep sense of connection to his family and wanted to learn more about where he came from.

One day, Elias stumbled upon a genealogy website and decided to start a family tree. He began to fill in the names of his grandparents and great-grandparents and soon realized that he needed more information to complete the tree. He remembered the advice he had read about obtaining copies of vital records such as birth certificates, marriage records, and death certificates, so he set out to obtain these records.

Elias discovered that some records were easier to find than others. He was able to locate the birth and marriage records of his grandparents through online genealogy websites. However, he struggled to find the death records of some of his more distant relatives. He turned to obituary notices on online newspaper websites, but they didn’t always have the information he was looking for.

Undeterred, Elias continued to search for information. He contacted genealogical societies and local cemeteries in the areas where his family had resided. He scoured online cemetery websites and found the burial locations of several of his ancestors.

Elias spent hours researching and piecing together the history of his family. He felt a sense of pride as he learned about his ancestors’ accomplishments and struggles. He discovered that one of his great-grandfathers had fought in World War II and received a medal of honor. Another great-grandfather had been a pioneer in the early days of the automobile industry.

Through his research, Elias also learned about the challenges his ancestors had faced. He discovered that some of his relatives had suffered from illnesses and poverty. He was touched by the sacrifices they had made to provide a better life for their families.

Finally, Elias had completed his family tree. It was a work of art, with each branch representing a different branch of his family’s history. He knew that his journey wasn’t over, and that there was always more to learn. But he was proud of what he had accomplished and was grateful for the opportunity to connect with his past.

As Elias delved deeper into his family history, he found that he was not the only one interested in his ancestry. His siblings and cousins were fascinated by the stories he had uncovered and they started to contribute their own knowledge and research to the family tree.

Elias was overjoyed to discover that he had relatives living all over the world, from Australia to Canada, and even some in Europe. He made connections with long-lost relatives, and they exchanged stories and photographs.

The more Elias learned about his family history, the more he realized that his ancestors were more than just names on a piece of paper. They were real people with real lives and experiences. He felt a sense of duty to honour their memory and preserve their stories for future generations.

Elias decided to create a website for his family’s history, complete with photos, stories, and documents. He reached out to his family members for contributions and worked tirelessly to make the website a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in their family’s history.

As the website grew in popularity, Elias received messages from people who had discovered his family tree and were amazed to find their own relatives among the names. Elias was thrilled to connect with these new relatives and help them fill in the gaps in their own family history.

Through his research and dedication, Elias had not only uncovered the stories of his own family, but he had also helped others in their quest for knowledge. He realized that the pursuit of family history was not just a personal endeavour, but a way to connect with others and create a larger sense of community.

Elias continued to work on his family tree and website, adding new information as it became available. He knew that there were still mysteries to uncover and stories to tell, and he was excited to see where his research would take him next.

What did Elias Learn during his research?

If you are researching your family history, one of the most important steps is to obtain or locate copies of birth certificates, baptism records, marriage records, death or burial records, and obituary notices. These records can provide valuable information about your ancestors and help you trace your family tree back several generations.

In this article, we will explore the importance of these records and the various resources available to obtain them.

Why Birth, Marriage, and Death Records are Important

Birth, marriage, and death records are important because they provide essential information about your ancestors, including their full names, dates and places of birth, marriage, and death. This information can help you verify relationships between family members and uncover new branches of your family tree.

Birth records may also include information about the child’s parents, including their names, ages, and occupations. Marriage records may contain details about the bride and groom, such as their parents’ names, ages, and occupations, as well as witnesses to the ceremony. Death records may include the cause of death, the person’s occupation, and the names of surviving family members.

These records can be used to build a comprehensive family tree that includes as many details as possible about each ancestor.

How to Obtain Birth, Marriage, and Death Records

There are many ways to obtain birth, marriage, and death records, and the best method may depend on the country or region where your ancestors lived. Some records may be available online, while others may require a visit to a local government office or archive.

Here are some tips for obtaining these records:

  1. Start with online resources. Many birth, marriage, and death records are available online, either through government websites or genealogy databases. For example, Ancestry.com is a popular genealogy website that offers access to many records, including vital records from Canada and the United States.
  2. Visit local government offices or archives. If you cannot find the records you need online, you may need to visit a local government office or archive. In many cases, birth, marriage, and death records are kept by the county or state where the event occurred. You can contact the relevant office or archive to request a copy of the record.
  3. Consider hiring a professional genealogist. If you are having trouble locating a specific record or tracing your family tree, you may want to consider hiring a professional genealogist. These experts can help you navigate the various resources and databases available and provide guidance on how to obtain the records you need.
  4. Join a genealogy society. Joining a genealogy society can be a great way to connect with other researchers and access valuable resources. Many societies have access to databases and archives that are not available to the general public.

Obtaining Obituary Notices

Obituary notices can be another valuable resource for family historians. These notices may provide information about the person’s family members, cause of death, occupation, and other biographical details.

Here are some tips for obtaining obituary notices:

  1. Check online newspaper websites. Many newspapers now have online archives of their back issues, which may include obituary notices. Websites like Newspapers.com and GenealogyBank allow you to search for obituary notices by name or location.
  2. Visit local libraries or archives. Many local libraries and archives keep back issues of newspapers on file, including obituary notices. You can visit these facilities in person to access the archives.
  3. Check with funeral homes. Funeral homes may have copies of obituary notices that they can provide to family members. You can contact the funeral home that handled your ancestor’s funeral to inquire about obtaining a copy.
  4. Join online genealogy forums. Joining online genealogy forums can be a great way to connect with other researchers who may have access to obituary notices, as well as other records that can help you in your search. Some of these forums are free to join, while others may require a subscription or membership fee. Popular online genealogy forums include Genealogy.com, Family Tree Forum, and Genealogy Wise.
  5. Use social media. Social media can also be a valuable tool in your search for obituary notices. Joining groups on Facebook or LinkedIn that are related to genealogy or specific geographic areas can help you connect with others who may have information on your ancestors. You can also post inquiries about obituary notices on these platforms, which may be seen by others who can help you in your search.
  6. Consult with local historical societies. Local historical societies may also be a valuable resource for locating obituary notices. These organizations often maintain archives of local newspapers and may be able to provide you with access to obituary notices that are not available online. To find historical societies in your area, you can try searching online or contacting local libraries or museums.
  7. Visit local archives and libraries. Finally, visiting local archives and libraries can also be a valuable way to locate obituary notices. Many libraries and archives maintain collections of local newspapers and may be able to provide you with access to the notices you are looking for. Some archives may require an appointment or permission to access their collections, so be sure to check in advance.


Obtaining or locating copies of birth certificates or baptism records, marriage records, death or burial records, and obituary notices can be a challenging but rewarding part of genealogical research. These records can provide valuable insights into the lives of our ancestors and help us to connect with our family history.

There are many resources available for locating these records, including online databases, genealogy websites, local historical societies, libraries, and archives. It is important to be persistent in your search and to use a variety of resources to find the records you are looking for.

In some cases, you may need to pay for access to certain records, but there are also many free resources available that can help you in your search. Joining online genealogy forums and using social media can also be valuable ways to connect with others who may have information on your ancestors.

Overall, the key to successfully locating these records is to be patient, persistent, and willing to explore a variety of resources. With time and effort, you can uncover a wealth of information about your family history and gain a deeper understanding of your ancestors’ lives.

Answer to Riddle: A genealogist of Family Historian


  1. Ancestry.ca – https://www.ancestry.ca/
  2. Archives.com – https://www.archives.com/
  3. Newspapers.com – https://www.newspapers.com/
  4. GenealogySA – https://genealogysa.org.au/
  5. GenealogyBank – https://www.genealogybank.com/
  6. iFindMyPast.com – https://www.findmypast.com/
  7. Library and Archives Canada – https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/
  8. Genealogical Societies – https://www.genealogybranches.com/
  9. Find A Grave – https://www.findagrave.com/
  10. Interment.net – https://www.interment.net/
  11. CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project – http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cangcw/cemetery/
  12. FamilySearch – https://www.familysearch.org/
  13. VitalChek – https://www.vitalchek.com/
  14. MyHeritage – https://www.myheritage.com/
  15. Fold3 – https://www.fold3.com/
  16. National Archives – https://www.archives.gov/

Please note that some of these websites may require a paid subscription or fee to access certain records or information. Additionally, there may be other websites and resources available for obtaining vital records and obituaries depending on the location and time period you are researching.


Published by Darrell Gibbs

A father of three children and five grandchildren who retired in 2015 and began a career as a non-fiction writer in genealogy resource ebooks for new family historians. Aspiring towards the future as a Historical Fiction Author of his premier book "Wessex Reign".

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