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Birth & Death Records

Questions? (409) 938-7221, (409) 765-2595 or Vitals@gchd.org

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  • I need to correct a birth certificate or death certificate because the name is misspelled. How can I correct it?

  • What is acknowledgment of paternity?

  • How do I request a certified copy of a birth or death certificate?

  • How do I get a certified copy of a birth or death certificate mailed immediately?

  • How do I get copy of a Texas birth certificate from other than the place where I was born?

  • How does an individual born in a foreign country to American parents get a copy of a birth certificate?

  • How do I authenticate a birth certificate so I may work abroad?

  • How do I request a Heirloom Birth Certificate?

  • How far back does the Galveston County birth records go?

  • How do I get a birth or death certificate from another state?

  • How do I get information or a certificate on a birth, death, or marriage that occurred in a foreign country to U.S. citizens?

  • What information do I need to obtain a certified copy of a birth or death certificate?

  • Who is a qualified applicant?

  • What are the fees for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate?

  • What is an Apostille Certificate?

  • Where do I get an Apostille Certificate?