This is a site that I maintain, although mostly for Michigan there are links for Arkansas, Ohio, Indiana and more. I try my best to keep all of them "FREE". Michigan Genealogy Sites Wanted to thank everyone for sharing what they had found also.
Use a Local Registrar to purchase BMD certificates. They car more, they will do a seach within the fee, used to be 5 years, but I don't know now, they have local knowledge and if they cannot find what you have asked for will return your money!!
I have never found one that charged me. (And I offered) When you get one of these-they were filled out-before the funeral with next of kin, pallbears (which usually have SOME close connection to the family) And a lot of informaiton you can no longer get because of privacy law.
Insurance Companies-are next on my list. Especially specialized one-Like Polish National. They send the whole application.
GREAT! Ms. Gerry Hill-Albany Ga (over 20 years)
Along with several friends, I've been working on my site of transcribed records since 2001 and have around 4500 files on line mainly from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York. The site is named for my grandparents, and while it has family history included, the vast majority of files are vital records, cemetery transcriptions, church records, wills, deeds, etc. http://www.dunhamwilcox.net/
One of the best is the site for http://raogk.org/" target="_blank">Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness where volunteers sign up to look up things, take photos, etc. Many do ask for reimbursement of expense but that is more than fair! They are those "remote hands" when you cannot get someplace to do the work yourself. Check it out, use it, and volunteer yourself!
If you live or visit the southern Ohio region, the library in Ironton, Ohio, has a nice, informative genealogy room with very helpful people...Portsmouth, Ohio, also has a nice genealogy room and great help......It's all free unless you want copies of anything...just your time and travel......