Lineage Society

I’m ordering vital records for my lineage society application. Do I need a certified copy?

The answer to this one is straightforward: no. Some states require you to purchase a certified copy every time you want to request a certificate. However, it’s not required by any lineage society of which I’m aware. If an information copy is offered, go ahead and get it…

And before you order anything, be sure to check what’s digitized and available online. For Pennsylvania, start with The site has many vital records for the early 1900s. The Rhode Island State Archives is now a record goldmine. Finally, FamilySearch is always a wonderful option. Yes, you can use digitized records for applications!