What Information do Vital Records Provide?


The information provided by vital records varies with the type of vital record.

For example, a birth certificate is an official government document which confirms the details around the birth of a newborn baby. These details include the baby’s name, the name of both the mother and father and hospital where the birth occurred and the state and county where the baby was born.

A marriage license is also an official government document but it confirms the legal marriage between two individuals.  Marriage licenses are usually issued prior to a wedding ceremony and then are signed at the ceremony and returned to the issuing government office by the officiant.