Vital records record an event of an individual's life and are kept under governmental authority. Vital records include personal, identifiable information like full names, dates, and places, information regarding parents, and spouses.

In the United States, Vital records are kept at both state and county levels. To obtain a copy of a vital record, you must contact the state or county [Vital Records Office](What are where the event took place.

Vital Records include:

In some states, vital records may also include records of civil unions or domestic partnerships.

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