Public records document vital events in people’s lives, such as births, marriages and deaths. These records become official documentation of the event, which is filed at a government office or archive to be preserved as a part of history. When you launch a genealogy search to trace your roots or construct your family tree, these records become a very important part of the research process. It is important to know what types of public records are available, the information contained within the files, and how to go about obtaining these records for your own database.

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