Chilton County Birth & Death Records
First, you will want to be aware at the start of your birth certificate and death records hunt in Chilton County, Alabama is the way that Vital Records function. Under Alabama state law, certain types of Vital Records – which are the records of births, deaths, marriages and divorces – are accessible by any resident of the state, whereas alternate types of records are accessible only by certain parties. Both records of birth and records of death fall into the second category.
In order to access birth certificates or birth records, you must demonstrate proof that you have some level of relation to the person whom is named on the certificate. Generally, you need to be specifically related to them, either by blood or marriage, although there are some exceptions. The full list of requirements for obtaining this type of Vital Record can be found on the Alabama Department of Public Health page for birth records, which is located at http://adph.org/vitalrecords/index.asp?id=1559.
Most of these restrictions are lifted 125 years after the birth of the person named on the record.
If you are searching for death records or death certificates, then you must still meet certain requirements. However, these requirements are not as strict as those for birth records and are more easily met, although you still must demonstrate a certain level of relation to the person indicated by the certificate. A detailed list of requirements can be found at http://adph.org/vitalrecords/index.asp?id=1560.
Many of these restrictions are after 25 years have passed since the named person died.
Please note also that Vital Records require the payment of a $15.00 fee for the initial copy, and $6.00 for additional copies.
The Chilton County ADPH homepage is located at http://www.adph.org/chilton/.