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== '''Start Here: Where Did the Death Occur?'''  ==
 
== '''Start Here: Where Did the Death Occur?'''  ==
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To find a death record, choose the state the death occurred:  
 
To find a death record, choose the state the death occurred:  
  
:'''''What if you don't know the state?''''' — Go to [[How to Estimate United States Death Information|'''How to Estimate Deaath Information''']]
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:'''''What if you don't know the state?''''' — Go to [[How to Estimate United States Death Information|'''How to Estimate Death Information''']]
  
 
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*[[Alabama Birth, Marriage, and Death Records|Alabama]]  
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*[[How to Find Alabama Death Records|Alabama]]  
*[[Alaska Vital Records|Alaska]]  
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*[[How to Find Alaska Death Records|Alaska]]  
*[[How to Find Arizona Birth Records|Arizona]]  
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*[[How to Find Arizona Death Records|Arizona]]  
*[[Arkansas Birth, Marriage and Death Records|Arkansas]]  
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*[[How to Find Arkansas Death Records|Arkansas]]  
*[[California Vital Records|California]]  
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*[[How to Find California Death Records|California]]  
*[[Colorado Vital Records|Colorado]]  
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*[[How to Find Colorado Death Records|Colorado]]  
*[[Connecticut Vital Records|Connecticut]]  
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*[[How to Find Connecticut Death Records|Connecticut]]  
*[[Delaware Vital Records|Delaware]]  
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*[[How to Find Delaware Death Records|Delaware]]  
*[[District of Columbia Vital Records|District of Columbia]]  
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*[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records|District of Columbia]]  
*[[Florida Vital Records|Florida]]  
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*[[How to Find Florida Death Records|Florida]]  
*[[Georgia Vital Records|Georgia]]  
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*[[How to Find Georgia Death Records|Georgia]]  
*[[Hawaii Vital Records|Hawaii]]  
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*[[How to Find Hawaii Death Records|Hawaii]]  
*[[Idaho Vital Records|Idaho]]  
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*[[How to Find Idaho Death Records|Idaho]]  
*[[Illinois Vital Records|Illinois]]  
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*[[How to Find Illinois Death Records|Illinois]]  
*[[Indiana Vital Records|Indiana]]  
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*[[How to Find Indiana Death Records|Indiana]]  
*[[Iowa Vital Records|Iowa]]  
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*[[How to Find Iowa Death Records|Iowa]]  
*[[Kansas Vital Records|Kansas]]
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*[[How to Find Kansas Death Records|Kansas]]
  
 
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*[[Kentucky Vital Records|Kentucky]]  
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*[[How to Find Kentucky Death Records|Kentucky]]  
*[[Louisiana Vital Records|Louisiana]]  
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*[[How to Find Louisiana Death Records|Louisiana]]  
*[[Maine Vital Records|Maine]]  
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*[[How to Find Maine Death Records|Maine]]  
*[[Maryland Vital Records|Maryland]]  
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*[[How to Find Maryland Death Records|Maryland]]  
*[[Massachusetts Vital Records|Massachusetts]]  
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*[[How to Find Massachusetts Death Records|Massachusetts]]  
*[[Michigan Vital Records|Michigan]]  
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*[[How to Find Michigan Death Records|Michigan]]  
*[[Minnesota Vital Records|Minnesota]]  
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*[[How to Find Minnesota Death Records|Minnesota]]  
*[[Mississippi Vital Records|Mississippi]]  
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*[[How to Find Mississippi Death Records|Mississippi]]  
*[[Missouri Vital Records|Missouri]]  
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*[[How to Find Missouri Death Records|Missouri]]  
*[[Montana Vital Records|Montana]]  
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*[[How to Find Montana Death Records|Montana]]  
*[[Nebraska Vital Records|Nebraska]]  
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*[[How to Find Nebraska Death Records|Nebraska]]  
*[[Nevada Vital Records|Nevada]]  
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*[[How to Find Nevada Death Records|Nevada]]  
*[[New Hampshire Vital Records|New Hampshire]]  
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*[[How to Find New Hampshire Death Records|New Hampshire]]  
*[[New Jersey Vital Records|New Jersey]]  
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*[[How to Find New Jersey Death Records|New Jersey]]  
*[[New Mexico Vital Records|New Mexico]]  
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*[[How to Find New Mexico Death Records|New Mexico]]  
*[[New York Vital Records|New York]]  
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*[[How to Find New York Death Records|New York]]  
*[[North Carolina Vital Records|North Carolina]]<br>
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*[[How to Find North Carolina Death Records|North Carolina]]<br>
  
 
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*[[North Dakota Vital Records|North Dakota]]  
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*[[How to Find North Dakota Death Records|North Dakota]]  
*[[Ohio Vital Records|Ohio]]  
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*[[How to Find Ohio Death Records|Ohio]]  
*[[Oklahoma Vital Records|Oklahoma]]  
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*[[How to Find Oklahoma Death Records|Oklahoma]]  
*[[Oregon Vital Records|Oregon]]  
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*[[How to Find Oregon Death Records|Oregon]]  
*[[Pennsylvania Vital Records|Pennsylvania]]  
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*[[How to Find Pennsylvania Death Records|Pennsylvania]]  
*[[Rhode Island Vital Records|Rhode Island]]  
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*[[How to Find Rhode Island Death Records|Rhode Island]]  
*[[South Carolina Vital Records|South Carolina]]  
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*[[How to Find South Carolina Death Records|South Carolina]]  
*[[South Dakota Vital Records|South Dakota]]  
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*[[How to Find South Dakota Death Records|South Dakota]]  
*[[Tennessee Vital Records|Tennessee]]  
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*[[How to Find Tennessee Death Records|Tennessee]]  
*[[Texas Vital Records|Texas]]  
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*[[How to Find Texas Death Records|Texas]]  
*[[Utah Vital Records|Utah]]  
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*[[How to Find Utah Death Records|Utah]]  
*[[Vermont Vital Records|Vermont]]  
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*[[How to Find Vermont Death Records|Vermont]]  
*[[Virginia Vital Records|Virginia]]  
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*[[How to Find Virginia Death Records|Virginia]]  
*[[Washington Vital Records|Washington]]  
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*[[How to Find Washington Death Records|Washington]]  
*[[How to Find West Virginia Birth Records|West Virginia]]  
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*[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records|West Virginia]]  
*[[Wisconsin Vital Records|Wisconsin]]  
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*[[How to Find Wisconsin Death Records|Wisconsin]]  
*[[Wyoming Vital Records|Wyoming]]<br>
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*[[How to Find Wyoming Death Records|Wyoming]]<br>
  
 
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*[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to find US birth records]] <br>  
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*[[How to Find United States Marriage Records|How to find US marriage records]]
  
=== Tips about Searching United States Death Records  ===
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== Tips About Searching United States Death Records  ==
  
 
:*Most states began recording deaths between 1900 and 1930, but each started a different year. For example,  
 
:*Most states began recording deaths between 1900 and 1930, but each started a different year. For example,  
:*'''New England states''' started recording deaths on the town level starting as early as the first residents of the town. New England states consist of'''''Connecticut''', '''Rhode Island,''' '''''<i>Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont,</i>'''and '''''New Hampshire.'''''  
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:*'''New England states''' started recording deaths on the town level starting as early as the first residents of the town. New England states consist of '''''Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.'''''  
 
:*Some '''states''' began recording deaths on the county level as early as the 1860s.  
 
:*Some '''states''' began recording deaths on the county level as early as the 1860s.  
 
:*'''Restrictions:''' some states have restrictions on who can see them. Each state has its own laws. One state may have deaths for some years available to everyone while other states may limit access to relatives.
 
:*'''Restrictions:''' some states have restrictions on who can see them. Each state has its own laws. One state may have deaths for some years available to everyone while other states may limit access to relatives.
  
=== Frequently Asked Questions about United States death Records  ===
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== Frequently Asked Questions About United States Death Records  ==
  
 
'''How do I find my ancestor’s death record?''' <br>  
 
'''How do I find my ancestor’s death record?''' <br>  
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'''Why would I want to search for a death record?'''<br>  
 
'''Why would I want to search for a death record?'''<br>  
  
:*Gives death date and place
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:*Gives death date and place  
:*May give birth date and place
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:*May give birth date and place  
:*May give parents names to extend a generation
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:*May give parents names to extend a generation  
 
:*May give the state or county of the deceased's parents' birth place
 
:*May give the state or county of the deceased's parents' birth place
  
'''What information does a death record include?'''<br> Information gathered by state and county officials differs from each state. Death records may contain the following:  
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'''What information does a death record include?'''<br> Information gathered by state and county officials differs from each state.  
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'''BEFORE STATE-WIDE REGISTRATION''' <br> Information may include:
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:*Name of deceased
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:*Death date and place of deceased
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:*Cause of death
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:*Age at death
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:*State or country of birth
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'''AFTER STATE-WIDE REGISTRATION''' <br> Information may include:  
  
:*Name of deceased
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:*Name of deceased  
:*Death date and place of deceased
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:*Death date and place of deceased  
:*Cause of death
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:*Cause of death  
:*Marital status and spouse's name
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:*Marital status and spouse's name  
:*Birth date and place of deceased
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:*Birth date and place of deceased  
:*Parents of the deceased
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:*Parents of the deceased  
:*Birth places of deceased's parents
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:*Birth places of deceased's parents  
 
:*Name of undertaker and cemetery where buried
 
:*Name of undertaker and cemetery where buried
  
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More information about US Death Records can be found on [[United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] wiki page. {{United States Combo}}
  
More information about US Death Records can be found on [[United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] wiki page.
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Latest revision as of 10:34, 10 January 2018

Start Here: Where Did the Death Occur?[edit | edit source]

To find a death record, choose the state the death occurred:

What if you don't know the state? — Go to How to Estimate Death Information

Tips About Searching United States Death Records[edit | edit source]

  • Most states began recording deaths between 1900 and 1930, but each started a different year. For example,
  • New England states started recording deaths on the town level starting as early as the first residents of the town. New England states consist of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
  • Some states began recording deaths on the county level as early as the 1860s.
  • Restrictions: some states have restrictions on who can see them. Each state has its own laws. One state may have deaths for some years available to everyone while other states may limit access to relatives.

Frequently Asked Questions About United States Death Records[edit | edit source]

How do I find my ancestor’s death record?

  1. Use the Finding US Death Records wiki page
  2. Check online indexes and digital images
  3. Check repositories, such as archives and libraries (FHL)
  4. Obtain certificate from the government agency ($$)

Why would I want to search for a death record?

  • Gives death date and place
  • May give birth date and place
  • May give parents names to extend a generation
  • May give the state or county of the deceased's parents' birth place

What information does a death record include?
Information gathered by state and county officials differs from each state.

BEFORE STATE-WIDE REGISTRATION
Information may include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date and place of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Age at death
  • State or country of birth

AFTER STATE-WIDE REGISTRATION
Information may include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date and place of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Marital status and spouse's name
  • Birth date and place of deceased
  • Parents of the deceased
  • Birth places of deceased's parents
  • Name of undertaker and cemetery where buried

More information about US Death Records can be found on United States Vital Records wiki page.