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Washington DC Records

   Posted by: HystoryByts    in Genealogy, Research, Vital Records

Today in their mail out, the National Archives wrote:

On this date in 1802, Washington, DC was incorporated as a city. Since that time, our nation’s capital has hosted some of the most historic events in American history. From the arrival of the B&O Railroad to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the District of Columbia has a rich history. What is your favorite moment in DC history?

Well, I have to say, my favorite moment is being born in DC! For so many years, when filling out forms, trying to explain I had no state to use, or no city if I used DC as the state, was an adventure! Times have changed, and at least most of the time, I can claim my birth city. But DC isn’t a state, even though they function like one in many ways.

Like any other state (even though DC isn’t one), you have to go through them to order vital records. The address in DC is:
Department of Health
Vital Records Division
899 North Capitol Street, NE, 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-9303

Also, DC doesn’t process requests online. Like many other states, you have to go through VitalChek at vitalchek.com if you want to place your request online.

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