Death Certificates: Issued by a county or a statewide department of public health, the information contained on the death certificate will vary from place to place. The original purpose was for officials to determine the cause of death. The information may include the place of death, full name, date of death, cause of death, signature of medical official, undertaker, and name of cemetery, date of burial, and the date recorded. Some certificates may include additional information such as a female's maiden name, birth date, birthplace, the parent's names and possibly even the parents' birthplaces, along with the name of the informant.
Things to look for in death documents include: date
of birth, name and relationship of the informant, place of birth or
death, church or minister who performed the funeral, cause of death,
employment or career, military service, civic organizations, and
other family members. These items of information all give hints for
Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 -Name index to death certificates
from the state of Alabama. FamilySearch.
Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952- Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Alabama. FamilySearch.
- America's Obituaries & Death Notices. The largest and
most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death
notices. Searchable nationwide or by state; must be accessed
through a public library onsite or online, depending on your
library. From Newbank.
- Ancestors at Rest.
ancestors in death records. Search free death records such as
coffin plates, death cards, funeral cards, wills, church
records, family bibles, cenotaphs and tombstone inscriptions on
AncestorsAtRest.com. Find links to other death records
like cemeteries, vital stats, and obituaries.
- Antiquus Morbus -
The Genealogist's Resource for Interpreting Causes of Death.
A glossary of archaic medical terms, diseases and causes of
death in twenty-two different languages.
Arizona Death and Burials, 1910-1911; 1933-1994
– Name index to death and burial records from the state
of Arizona. FamilySearch.
Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951 – Imaged Records -Published images
and index of Arizona death certificates. The certificates are
arranged in chronological order within each county.
- Arizona Genealogy Birth
and Death Certificates. (1887-1955) Arizona Department of
Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963 – Name
index to death and burial records from the state of Arkansas.
California Death Records. (1940-1997)
California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1931
– Imaged Records -This project was indexed in partnership with
the California Genealogical Society and Library. Name index and
images of funeral home records from the Halsted N. Gray – Carew
& English Mortuary Collection, located at the San Francisco
Public Library. Images for all years in collection can be
browsed, but name index currently covers only years 1896-1931.
Collection includes a number of different funeral homes acquired
over time by the Halsted N. Gray – Carew & English Mortuary
company, most from the San Francisco area, but also including
some from Burlingame, Stockton, and Sacramento. The collection
includes funeral register books, burial registers, account
books, case books, etc. Indexes appear at the beginning of some
Cleveland Necrology File. This
database was produced from a microfilmed copy of an alphabetical
card file containing local cemetery records and newspaper death
notices gathered by the staff of the Cleveland Public Library. A
small collection of records from the Cleveland Bureau of Vital
Statistics and some indexed items from the Annals of
Cleveland were also part of the original card file and are
also included in the database. The newspaper source material
consists of paid notices which were published in the following
newspapers: Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1850-1975, the
Cleveland Herald, 1833, 1847-1848, 1876, 1878-1879 and the
Cleveland Press, August 16, 1941 - 1975.
Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934 - Name index to
death and burial records from the state of Connecticut.
- Death Indexes and
Records. Directory of online death indexes arranged by state
and county. Includes death records, death certificate indexes,
death notices, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery
Death-Record.com contains over 89 million deaths that have been
announced to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Each
detailed page of the deceased person contains personal
information including social security number, date of birth,
date of death, and country of residence. The SSA does not have
files for all deceased persons, so if an individual is missing
from Death-Record.com, this does not mean that person is still
living. One of the main purposes of this SSA death records file
is to verify deaths, thereby inhibiting fraud. The USA PATRIOT
Act demands the verification of customers and the maintenance of
records used to confirm customer identity. For instance, pension
fund managers, insurers, the government, or anyone accountable
for sending payments, needs to know if the recipients of the
money are still alive.
- Death Records
- RootsWeb.com database.
Delaware Death Records, 1855-1955 – Imaged Records – Name
index and images of Delaware statewide death records. Family
Delaware Death and Burials, 1815-1955 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Delaware. FamilySearch.
District of Columbia Death and Burials, 1840-1964 – Name
index to death and burial records from the District of Columbia.
District of Columbia Deaths 1874-1959 - Name index and
images of death records from the District of Columbia.
Digital copies of Philadelphia (PA) death certificates from
- Find A Grave. More
than eight million grave sites, including some photographs
contributed by users.
Florida Death and Burials, 1900-1921 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Florida. FamilySearch.
Florida Deaths, 1877-1939 – Name index of Florida death
records created by Florida Department of Health and Vital
Statistics in Jacksonville, Florida. FamilySearch.
- Gehring, Jake. "Social Security Death Index, Guide for
Research." Genealogical Journal 24, 2 (1996)
Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927 – Imaged Records – Name index and
images of Georgia statewide deaths. FamilySearch.
Georgia Deaths, 1928-1930 – Imaged Records – Name Index and
images of Georgia statewide deaths. Original records are
arranged chronologically by year and then by certificate
Hawaii Deaths and Burials, 1862-1919 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Hawaii. FamilySearch.
- Homicide in
Chicago 1870-1930. Chronicling 11,000 homicides in the city
during those years.
Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937 – The certificates are
arranged numerically by file number, with a rough chronological
arrangement by death date, i.e. month and year. FamilySearch.
Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907-1965 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Idaho. FamilySearch.
Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922 -
Imaged Records – Name index and images of deaths recorded at
Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago. Deaths
for Cook County (excluding the City of Chicago) are missing for
the years 1910-1915. FamilySearch.
Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947 – Name index of
deaths and stillbirths in Illinois, 1916-1947. Includes records
for Cook County and Chicago. FamilySearch.
Illinois, Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records,
1729-1956 – Imaged Records currently Browsable by Parish –
unindexed – Records are found for the following 26 counties:
Alexander, Clay, Clinton, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin,
Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Monroe,
Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union,
Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson. Images of
parish registers recording the events of baptism, first
communion, confirmation (to 1907), marriage (to 1930) or death
(to 1956) in the Diocese of Belleville (Illinois), Roman
Catholic Church. FamilySearch.
Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970 – Browsable Imaged
Records – Images of will books, administrations, journals,
inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various
counties in Illinois. The content and time period will vary by
county. Illinois created probate courts in 1819. FamilySearch.
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916 to 1950. From the
Department of Public Health.
Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916. In progress.
Iowa Death and Burials, 1850-1990 – Name index to death and
burial records from the state of Iowa. FamilySearch.
Kansas Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Kansas. FamilySearch.
- Kentucky Death
Index For 1911-1986.
- Kentucky Death
Index for 1987-1992.
- KnowX Death
Records - Search over 75 million Death Records from the
Social Security Administration's Death Master File dating back
to 1937. Charge involved for copy of record.
Search obituaries and Guest Books from Legacy.com-affiliated
newspapers as well as records from the Social Security Death
Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875; 1874-1954 – Name index to
statewide deaths. Coverage: missing years between 1875-1893; has
only a few entries for 1894-1904. One part of these death
records includes death records for only Jefferson Parish,
1850-1875 and 1905-1921. The statewide records for all parishes
cover 1911-1954. FamilySearch.
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Estate Files, 1804-1846 – Name
index and images of probate estate files. Each estate file
consists of multiple images. The event date is the probate date.
Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Maine. FamilySearch.
Maryland Deaths and Burials, 1877-1992 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Maryland. FamilySearch.
Maryland Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983 – Imaged Records
– Browsable Digital images (currently unindexed) from court
records at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Includes the
following counties: Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Prince George’s, and
Queen Anne’s. FamilySearch.
Maryland, Probate Estate & Guardianship Files 1796-1940 – Name index and images of probate estate files from the Register of Wills office in the county courthouse. Currently, the following counties are represented in this collection: Caroline (1838-1940), Cecil (1851-1940), Prince George’s (1796-1940), and Queen Anne’s (1833-1940), and portions of Calvert (1882-1940). FamilySearch.
Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910 – Name index to
death and burial records from the state of Massachusetts –
1,563,610 Records as of 16 Dec 2010. FamilySearch.
Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915 – Imaged Records – Name
index and images of Massachusetts statewide death registers and
certificates. When deaths were recorded on register forms, the
second page of the form is on the next image. The death
registers and certificates are in numbered volumes arranged by
year then by individual town. FamilySearch.
Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Michigan. FamilySearch.
Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897 – Imaged Records – Name index and
images of Michigan statewide death registration entries.
Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System. The current
system contains information on 170,000 Michigan death records
from 1867-1884. Additional records for 1883 and 1884 have been
newly added to the system during the week of June 18, 2001.
GENDIS is updated regularly and reflects the most current
efforts of the genealogists and data entry staff.
Death Certificate Index. Currently, this database indexes
the death cards from 1905 to 1907 and the death certificates
from 1908 to 2001.
Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990 – Name index to
death and burial records from the state of Minnesota.
Minnesota Death Records, 1866-1916 - Name index of municipal
death records in St. Paul (Ramsey County) and Minneapolis
(Hennepin County), Minnesota. The collection includes death
registers, mortuary records, and death certificates.
Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1956. The index is
complete for 1910-1956, but the digitized death certificates
only include 1910-1920 and 1950-1956 (as of 4/2007).
Missouri Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Missouri. FamilySearch.
Montana, Rosebud County Records – Browsable Images – Land
records, vital records, voter lists and probate
case files located at Rosebud County courthouse, Forsyth,
1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 census enumerators were directed to
secure in addition to the usually
required census data, information as to all persons dying within
the 12 months preceding the census taking. These lists became
known as the "Mortality Schedules". This
site will enable you to search these schedules.
New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947 – Imaged Records –
Name index and images of New Hampshire death records. Records
consist of index cards that give the name of the deceased, date
and place of death, plus often much more information, such as
age, place of birth and names of parents. With the town and date
of death, the original records can usually be located.
New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949 – Name index to
death and burial records from the state of New Hampshire.
New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988 – Name index to
death and burial records from the state of New Jersey.
Mexico Death Index Project (1899-1940)
New Mexico Deaths and Burials, 1788-1798; 1838-1955 – Name
index to death and burial records from the state of New Mexico.
New Mexico Deaths, 1889-1945 – Name index of death
certificates and records of death. FamilySearch.
New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of New York. FamilySearch.
New York Kings County Estate Files 1866-1923 – Brief indexes
of estate files. The files may include lists of heirs, oaths of
executors, reports of witnesses, forms about guardians, etc.
North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898-1994 – Name index to
death and burial records from the state of North Carolina.
North Carolina Deaths,1906-1930 – Imaged Records – Name
index and images of death certificates recorded in North
North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994 – Name index to deaths
recorded in North Carolina. FamilySearch.
North Carolina Davidson County Deaths 1914-1984 -
Browsable Images, by year, currently unindexed. Family
North Dakota Death Index. The index supplies the
individual's full name, date of birth (if known), date of death,
county of residence and county of death. It supplements the
Publication, North Dakota Necrology, 1920-1926, and the
obituary and death notices found in the newspaper abstract file
in the State Archives and Historical Research Library (SAHRL) at
the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. The time period
covered in the death index is January 1, 1881 through October
31, 2005, with monthly updates. The site is maintained by the ND
Department of Health's Division of Vital Statistics. Many early
deaths were not recorded, and there are very few deaths listed
in the index prior to 1900.
- The Officer Down Memorial Page.
Since 1791, over 17,000 American law enforcement officers have
been killed in the line of duty. Each of these stories has been
told at this site.
Online Birth & Marriage Records Indexes for the USA: a
genealogy guide for finding vital records.
- Online Searchable
Death Indexes and Records. From Joe Beine. This website is a
directory of online death indexes listed by state and county.
Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death
notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery &
burial records. Also included is information about searching the
Social Security Death Index online.
Death Certificate Index, 1913-1944. This database indexes
Death Certificates of persons that died in Ohio in the above
years, useful for determining date of death and certificate
Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Ohio. FamilySearch.
Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 – Imaged Records – Name index and images of Ohio statewide death certificates. FamilySearch.
Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004 -Browsable Imaged Records, Currently unindexed – Death Records are included. Images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage, and death in the Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Roman Catholic Church. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes miscellaneous cemetery records, Books of the Elect, Professions of Faith, Sick Call registers, etc. The following counties are found in the database: Allen, Crawford. Defiance. Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot. FamilySearch.
Ohio - Meigs County Deaths. This collection of Meigs County
death records was extracted from microfilm of the original
public records (LDS film #313469) by Sharon Bickle Rickerson and
Merry Anne Pierson, and appears here by their gracious
permission. It contains approximately 970 deaths from the years
Ohio - Meigs County Death Index. This index of Meigs County
death certificates was extracted from the online index at the
Ohio Historical Society. The index is an ongoing project of the
Ohio Vital Information for Libraries Center (OVIL), and this
extract is published here with their kind permission. This
extract includes approximately 8100 deaths from the years
Online Searchable Death Indexes. Organized by state, it is
one of the best places to find links to a wide variety of online
indexes for deaths, obituaries, burials, probate records, wills,
and other death related records on the Internet.
Oregon Deaths and Burials, 1903-1947 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Oregon. FamilySearch.
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915
- Imaged Records – This collection has several
types of records: 1) Death certificate, 2) Return of Death with
a hospital certificate, physician’s certificate, and an
undertaker’s certificate, and 3) Transit Permit with the permit
to move a body and an undertaker’s certificate concerning the
move. The records give the name of the deceased plus the date
and place of death and/or burial. The records may also give the
date and place of birth, names of parents and spouse, cause of
death, and other information. FamilySearch.
Public Records Finder. Source for free public records.
Public Records Online Directory is a Portal to official
state web sites, and those Tax Assessors' and Recorders' offices
that have developed web sites for the retrieval of available
public records over the internet. For example, some Recorders'
offices have marriage and birth records available online.
Although not every county and parish has data online, many have
home pages, and where neither is available a phone number has
Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950 – Name index to
death and burial records from the state of Rhode Island.
RootWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees - Lesson 4: Vital
Records: Death, Tombstones and Cemeteries.
Social Security Death Index (FamilySearch) Can search by
year ranges and for name variations.
Social Security Death Index. (Family Tree Legends)
Social Security Death Index (NewEnglandAncestors.org)
Social Security Death Index. (Rootsweb) Can search by last
benefit, by exact spelling, Soundex or Metaphone, with
wildcards, most current data.
Security Death Index (Steve Morse). Searches all four SSDI
databases listed above.
South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1943 – Imaged Records – Name
index and images of South Carolina death records. Original
records created by South Carolina Department of Health. Records
are arranged by year and alphabetically by locality. Records
from 1915-1943 were acquired from South Carolina Department of
Archives and History. FamilySearch.
South Carolina Deaths, 1944-1955 – Name index of South
Carolina death records created by South Carolina Department of
Tennessee Deaths and Burials, 1874-1955 – Name index to
death and burial records from the state of Tennessee. FamilySearch.
Tennessee Death Records, 1914-1955 – Imaged Records – Name
index and images of Tennessee death certificates. Statewide
death registration began in 1914. FamilySearch.
Texas Death Records. As of March 2000, Birth Indexes from
1926-1995 and Death Indexes from 1964-1998 are available.
Texas Death Index, 1964-1998 – Name index to Texas statewide
death certificates. FamilySearch.
Texas Death and Burials, 1903-1973 – Name index to death and
burial records from the state of Texas. FamilySearch.
Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 – Imaged Records – Name index and
images of Texas statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The
name index was created by FamilySearch, and is tied to images of
the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available
prior to 1903.
- Unclaimed Persons.
The purpose of this site is to provide information to the public
regarding a deceased loved one for whom next of kin has never
United States Death and Burials, 1867-1961 – A name index to
small sets of death and burial records from a few states.
Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956 – Imaged Records – Name
index and images of Utah statewide death certificates.
Utah Deaths and Burials, 1888-1946 – Name index to death and
burial records from the state of Utah. FamilySearch.
Utah, Salt Lake County Deaths Records, 1908-1949 – Imaged
Records – This project was indexed in partnership with the Utah
Genealogical Association. Name index and images for Salt Lake
County death records from 1908-1949. The volumes are arranged
chronologically. The entries are arranged numerically. Deaths
from 1908-1949 were recorded on certificates . They are arranged
numerically by registered number then by date of death (i.e.
month & year). Some records in this collection may be for deaths
occurring before 1908 where the remains were re-interred between
1908 and 1949. FamilySearch.
Vermont Deaths and Burials, 1871-1965 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Vermont. FamilySearch.
Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 - Imaged
Records – Name index and images (index cards) of town clerk
transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths, 1760-1954. This
collection is complete for years 1871-1908. FamilySearch.
Virginia Death Records Index. A fully-searchable index to
Virginia city and county death registers compiled 1853-1896.
This is an on-going project sponsored by the Virginia
Genealogical Society. Fifteen cities and counties have been
indexed to date.
Virginia Death and Burials, 1853-1912 – Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Virginia Deaths.
Virginia, Fluvanna County – Colbert Funeral Home Records,
1829-1976 - Browsable Imaged Records – The
funeral home was located in Bremo Bluff and served residents of
Fluvanna County and surrounding counties. Each volume is indexed
except for the one covering 1973-1976. FamilySearch.
Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960 – Name index of
Washington statewide death certificates. FamilySearch.
- West Virginia
Counties. Images of original birth, death, and marriage
records from six counties, as well as most statewide death
certificates from 1917-54.
West Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1854-1932 – Name index to
death and burial records from the state of West Virginia. FamilySearch.
West Virginia Deaths, 1853-1970 – Imaged Records – Name
index of West Virginia statewide and county death records. The
statewide death index covers years 1917-1956 and includes all 55
West Virginia counties. The county deaths index covers years
1853-1970. Data is searchable for all state and county records.
However, records within each county may not be available for the
full year range. FamilySearch.
Where to Find Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records. By
William Dollarhide in Genealogy Bulletin.
Wisconsin Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968 – Name index to
death and burial records from the state of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Probate Estate Files, 1848-1933 – Images of
probate estate case files from various counties in Wisconsin.
This collection includes Green County (1848-1885), Pepin County
(1900-1935), Shawano County (1861-1933) and Trempealeau County
(1900-1920). From Wisconsin State Historical Society & FHL
digital images. FamilySearch.
- Wisconsin Necrology. The "Wisconsin Necrology" at the Wisconsin Historical Society is a collection of several thousand selected obituaries of Wisconsin citizens (1890-1945).