Resources - United States

Obtaining Certificates


In general, vital records weren’t kept in the United States until the early 1900s. Vital records usually contain the full name of the individual involved in the event, the date of the event, and the county, state, or town where the event took place. Many vital records contain much more information. For example, birth records usually have the parent’s full names, the name of the baby, the date of the birth, and county where the birth took place. Marriage records often record the names and birthplaces of each individual’s parents. Divorce records usually list the names of the couple’s children. Death certificates often mention where the individual is buried, and gives the name of the individual who reported the death.

An official certificate of every birth, death, marriage, and divorce should be on file in the locality where the event occurred. The Federal Government does not maintain files or indexes of these records. These records are filed permanently either in a State vital statistics office or in a city, county, or other local office.

To obtain a certified copy of any of the certificates, write or go to the vital statistics office in the State or area where the event occurred.

To find the location of the vital statistics office in a state, you can go to that State’s website for additional information.

In the United States, legal authority for the registration of these events resides individually with the 50 States, 2 cities (Washington, DC, and New York City), and 5 territories (Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). These jurisdictions are responsible for maintaining registries of vital events and for issuing copies of birth, marriage, divorce, and death certificates.

Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics contains links to ALL of the states.


Embassy of Ireland, Washington, DC
2234 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington DC 20008
(202) 462-3939

Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR)
The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform has been established to make sure there is an Irish voice in the nationwide immigration debate.

Mental Health Emergencies


Go to your local Emergency Room and /or call or text the Samaritans at 877.870.4673 

Other resources for mental health emergencies include: 

Health Care settings and Services DO NOT share immigration status information with local or federal immigration enforcement. 



Irish Abroad Online Counselling Service (IAOCS) – supporting Irish citizens living abroad with their emotional support needs 7 days a week!

This service is also available for returning Irish emigrants – must register for appointment within 3 months of return.

Suicide Warning Signs

It is not possible to list all of the potential warning signs that may suggest that a person may be thinking about harming themselves. The following list identifies some behaviors/symptoms to look for:

  • Talking about suicide: A person may make direct statements such as “I want to kill myself” or indirect statements such as “This world would be a better place without me.”

  • Changes in behavior/mood:  Significant increase or decrease in sleep, significant increase or decrease in eating, decreased interest and participation in activities, a significant decrease in academic performance, increased engagement in impulsive risk-taking behavior, decrease in mood, or a sudden marked increase in mood.

  • Feelings of hopelessness: The person conveys the belief that things will never get better.

  • Preparations for death:  Purchase of or possession of the means to kill oneself, giving away one’s possessions or writing a will.

  • Recent experience of loss: The recent death of a family member or close friend, the recent loss of anything of significance to a person, such as loss of a job or ending of a relationship.

  • Alcohol and other drug abuse:  This is particularly of concern when a person has a tendency toward impulsive behavior when under the influence of these substances.

  • History of previous suicide attempts: The attempt may have been made by the individual or there may be a history of others in their lives having committed suicide.

If you are concerned about another person and there's an immediate threatCALL 911

If you have serious concerns that they are an immediate threat to self or others or possible future threat to others, CALL 911. If you are not with the individual, ask for the police to do a welfare check and speak directly to your concerns.

Examples of immediate threat include:

  • Has a weapon or is threatening to harm self, or jump off building

  • Threatens or attempts to harm others

  • Reports taking overdose of medication

  • Worried about violence of any kind

  • Intoxicated/high and suicidal

  • Cannot commit to safety

Possible Threat of Harm

If it is not clear that they are an immediate threat to self but they are having thoughts of harming themselves, they will need to be evaluated further. You may contact local law enforcement or the nearest emergency room.

Culture & Athletics


American Conference for Irish Studies
The ACIS was founded in 1960 as the American Committee for Irish Studies; it is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a non-profit organization.

American Irish Historical Society
The Society aims to place permanently on record the story of the Irish in America from the earliest settlement to the present day.

Ellis Island, NY

Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh
The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh’s mission is to promote mutual understanding of the Catholic and Protestant traditions in Northern Ireland and economic development throughout all of Ireland.

Irish Arts Center
Founded in 1972 the Irish Arts Center continues to be the leading non-profit organization in New York bringing together all aspects of Irish culture.

Irish Abroad
This website contains information on shopping, tourism, news, sports, Irish studies, and communications.

Irish American Cultural Institute
The Irish American Cultural Institute provides leadership and resources to preserve, interpret, and promote Irish and Irish American cultures.

Irish Business Association of New York
The Irish Business Organization of New York, Inc. is dedicated to the furtherance of Irish and Irish American Entrepreneurs and Professionals.

The Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the United States, Inc. (ICCUSA)
This is a non-profit membership organization promoting the business interests of its members.

Irish Cultural Centre of New England

Irish Cultural and Heritage Center of Wisconsin

Irish Heritage Club of Seattle

Irish Massachusetts

New York Irish Network

USA Irish Network


GAA in North America
The North American County Board
(NACB) of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) promotes the sports of Hurling, Gaelic Football and Camogie.


Irish American Newspapers

Irish Echo

Irish Voice

Irish America Magazine

Irish Emigrant