To request editing rights on the Wiki, click here.

United States Citizens Abroad Vital Records

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Learn how to find birth, marriage or death documentation records for United States citizens when the vital records event occurred in a foreign country, or on the high seas.

Vital birth, marriage, and death records of United States citizens abroad may have been recorded by:

  • the civil registration office in the nation where the event occurred
  • the United States embassy or consulate in that nation
  • or by both.

To learn about researching civil registration (that is vital records) of an international country, see the Wiki civil registration (or vital records) page for that nation. For example:

To find vital records of United States citizens abroad whose birth, marriage, or death was registered at a U.S. embassy, consulate, in the U.S. armed forces, U.S. Coast Guard, or for suggestions about documenting vital events that occurred on the high seas, see below.

Civilians[edit | edit source]

To obtain copies. Researchers may be able to document the vital birth, marriage, or death event of a United States civilian citizen in an international country if that event was registered at the local U.S. embassy, or consulate. Request U.S. embassy or consulate vital records at:

Department of State
Passport Vital Records Section
1150 Passport Services PL
6th Floor
Dulles, VA 20189-1150 USA

Telephone: (202) 485-8300

For further details see U.S. Passports and International Travel at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs  Internet site.

Armed Forces[edit | edit source]

To obtain a copy of a birth, marriage, or death of a United States citizen serving in the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marines, or Air Force) who was abroad at the time of the event,[1] write to:

Secretary of Defense
Washington, DC 20301 USA

Coast Guard[edit | edit source]

To obtain a copy of a birth, marriage, or death of a United States citizen serving in the United States Coast Guard who was abroad at the time of the event,[1] write to:

Commandant
P.S.
U.S. Coast Guard
Washington, DC 20226 USA

On the High Seas[edit | edit source]

Births, marriages, or deaths at sea are usually recorded on the ship's log.

If the birth or death occurred on the high seas while the vessel or aircraft was outbound  from the United States, or at an international port, see Civilians above.[1]

If the vessel was inbound  and docked first in the United States after the event occurred, write to the Bureau of Vital Records for the state (port) where the vessel first arrived.[1] See Vital Records of Each State.

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Thomas Jay Kemp, International Vital Records Handbook, 4th ed. (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 2000), 3. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 929.1 K32i