How to Find Georgia Death Records

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Statewide registration of deaths began in 1919 in Georgia. Counties have copies of these records.

Next Step: When did the death occur? [edit | edit source]

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's death record:

Learn more about U.S. Death Records

Deaths before 1919[edit | edit source]

Before 1919, no deaths were recorded by the county or state. Some cities began recording deaths earlier, such as Atlanta (beginning in 1896), Macon (beginning in 1882), and Savannah (beginning in 1803). For further information on cities, see Georgia Death Records. In most cases, you must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
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Deaths from 1919 thru the present[edit | edit source]

The state of Georgia began recording deaths in 1919.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information[edit | edit source]

For deaths that exist during this time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Georgia Deaths Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images

Try 1st:

Includes Index & Images


1928-1940 - At FamilySearch.org Free
Next try:

Includes Index Only


1919-1998 - At Ancestry.com ($) Free at family history centers. Also on USGenWeb.

1914-1927 - At FamilySearch.org Free Also on Ancestry.com ($), free at family history centers

1933-1998 - At FamilySearch.org Free

Can't search the index listed above? Go to Step Two listed below and order a search for your ancestor from the Georgia Department of Public Health
Social Security Death Index
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate[edit | edit source]

If the image was not included in the index entry above, you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Death Certificates
From County of Death From GA Dept. of Public Health office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use May be more expensive than ordering from the county

Restrictions for persons who died within the last 50 years:
To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:

  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The adult children of the person on the certificate
  • The adult siblings of the person on the certificate
  • The parents of the person on the certificate
  • The grandparents of the person on the certificate
  • The grandchildren of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal or tangible interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.

If you do not want to order the death record, there are other records with death information you can search.

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