You can order these records from:
(1) Vital Records, 2600 Skyland Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30319-3640. (2) Troup County Clerk, 900 Dallas Street, La Grange, GA 30241, (706) 883-1690. (3) West Georgia Genealogical Society, c/o Troup County Archives, P.O. Box 1051, La Grange, GA 30241.
When writing for these records, know ahead of time what records are available and for what time periods. Give them a phone call if need be. Include all of the following information:
(1) Full name of person shown on the birth certificate (maiden name if female); (2) Date of Birth (day, month, year); (3) Place of Birth (city, county); (4) Current age (or age at death & date of death); (5) Sex; (6) Race; (7) Full name of mother (include mother's maiden name); (8) Full name of father; (9) Relationship of the requestor (this is you) to the person named on the birth certificate (this is "very" important - do not leave this one out); (10) The number of certificates requested; (11) Signature of the requestor (this is another "very" important one); (12) Name and address of the requestor (this is you, again); (13) Search fee.
I also find it helpful to add that I am researching my family history/genealogy. When they ask for the person's current age when the ancestor is deceased, I not only give them the age at death and date of death, but I also include the County and State of which they died in, along with the death certificate number. In some cases I'll even give them a scanned copy of my driver's license. It might help to break down the relationship for them. Such as: I am the son/daughter of ________, who was the son/daughter of _________, etc.
I realize this sounds like I am going overboard with information when requesting a record, but since there is so much identity theft, you can't blame these folks in charge of our records for being so careful. Actually, I'm glad they are.
I hope this has helped someone. Good luck in your research and record retrieval. TJ
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