Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society
Hemet - San Jacinto
Genealogical Society
Photo: Hemet Stock Farm Grand Stand 1912
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Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce and death records.
Death Records can be the least accurate depending upon the knowledge of the person reporting the information
Marriage Records may only be records of weddings. Look for the Application for Marriage which is completed by the bride and groom to be.
Marriage records may be corroborated with church records. Check everything for correctness.
Birth Records are difficult to obtain because they can be used for so many purposes. You may be required to provide proof of relationship and proof of the person's death.
To find a birth date from a death date, subtract the age in years, months and days from the date of death. This is a very close approximation.
When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request a non-certified copy. It contains exactly the same information as the certified copy but is less expensive.
Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the happening. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.
When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request the long form which will have more information than the short form.
Public record keeping was very unorganized in previous generations.
Look carefully at marriage records. The witnesses and bondsmen may be related to either party.