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    For the Record

    July 17, 1998

    Washington is a city of people born elsewhere. So anyone here needing records of remote events – births, deaths, marriages and divorces – may face an informational scavenger hunt: find the appropriate office to contact for records, request the procedure for requesting records and finally order what you need. A click over to the National Center for Health Statistics (part of federal Centers for Disease Control) Web page might save some time; the page lists procedures for ordering documents from jurisdictions nationwide (this alphabetical list includes American Samoa, Canal Zone and Guam). Perhaps the most obscure records are "Foreign or high-seas births and deaths and certificate of citizenship," which designate life events on ships or aircraft.

    – Gabriel Goldberg

    © Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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