If you are looking for Alabama Birth Records then hopefully you don’t need any before 1908. Alabama did not require birth or death records to be kept until after this year and any births before 1908 were not recorded with the State. The Center for Health Statistics is in charge of all vital records in the State of Alabama. They have a system in place, called ViSION, where all Alabama Birth Records can be found and issued through any health department, in any county. Alabama Birth Records can also be obtained through the mail, typically in seven business days. Whether you need an Alabama Birth Record for yourself, your child, research or genealogy purposes, the State has done what it can to make it easy for you to find what you need without the hassle of driving to the county of your birth. But know the State’s law! Alabama is a little strict when it comes to their birth records. An Alabama Birth Record does have restrictions. For 125 years after a birth, the records are restricted to the person named on the certificate, the mother, father or legal guardian, spouse, child, sibling or another legal representative of said person on the certificate.
Settling an estate after a loved one passes requires proof of death. This proof of death comes in the form of an Alabama Death Record (sometimes called registers) and includes the name of the deceased, the time and place of death and the attending physician. In some cases it also includes the place of burial, which is especially helpful for those doing genealogy research.
Alabama death records became a law in 1908. Prior to that year, some records were recorded at the County level rather than the State level. The State of Alabama has microfilmed many of these earlier records which can back as far as 1880.
Alabama death records do not become public records until after twenty five years of the death. Before that time period is up, the only ones who can have access to the record on file is the parent of the named, the spouse of the named, a child or grandchild of the named or a legal representative of the named. Once a record becomes open to the public, anybody can obtain it for a small fee.