I have a very difficult birth record to obtain because I was born in a foreign country, in a US military hospital, but only my father at the time was American. I have made several copies of my birth certificate, and worry about the safety of the original should anything happen to it. For most of the country there is no problem and you can easily obtain birth, death , and marriage records from any local court house. You can also find them online through the site Public Court Records. This is really handy for anyone who quickly needs to locate public records.