[APG Public List] Virginia Records

Craig Kilby persisto1 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 17 20:02:58 MDT 2009

I must have came lat to this party because I do not have the original  
post or Deb's reply in my inbox, nor even the spam box.  That being  

Russell Dor wants 3 certificates for 3 different events: Birth,  
marriage and death

He knows the date of birth and the date of death, but not the date of  
marriage. He does not know where any of these events occured but  
thinks it *might* be Russell or Tazewell County.

He further expected the Virginia Department of Health to look this up  
for him (do his research) and was surprised when they returned his  
check and asked that he provide the very information he was looking  
for. If you can't tell them where it happened, how are they to know  
where to look? They do not exist to do genealogical research or go on  
fishing expedtiions. Something like these 3 requests could take weeks,  
especially if you don't know where you are asking someone to look for.

I am tempted to start writing about when and where birth and death and  
marriage records were kept, and where they are recorded. But this is  
something Mr. Dor should do before sending letters to the Virginia  
Department of Health. It's a very simple thing to do all from the  
comfort of you home computer.  (HINT: LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA RESEARCH  


On Oct 17, 2009, at 8:01 PM, Michael Hait wrote:

> In addition to Deb's very good advice, I have ordered some older  
> marriage records directly from the county in which they occurred.  I  
> believe that the state records are simply certificates reflecting  
> the county licenses and returns.  Virginia marriage records also  
> generally name the parents.  However, my experience in Virginia is  
> in the late 19th for birth and marriage, and early 20th for death,  
> so the laws may have changed in that time.
> Michael
> From: Russell Dorr
> Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2009 6:11 PM
> To: apgpubliclist at apgen.org
> Subject: [APG Public List] Virginia Records
> I could use some help.
> I sent a check to the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health  
> for a birth (4 Jul 1906), marriage and death (24 Nov 1974) record  
> for John Melvin Barnett. I do not know this person's parents - this  
> is what I'm trying to find out. I also do not know exactly what  
> county these events occurred, probably Russell or Tazewell. I have  
> an exact name and exact date of birth and death. How many persons  
> meeting that description could there be? So they sent my check back  
> requesting the above information...which I am trying to find out. If  
> I had it, I wouldn't have had to request the information.
> Is there someone I could pay to go there physically and retrieve  
> these records?
> Baffled,
> Bud Dorr
> Casco, Maine
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