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What Information Can Be Found in Birth and Death Records?

If you're looking for lost relatives, proof of United States citizenship, or you're simply documenting your family tree or conducting genealogy research for medical or other reasons, birth and death records will be an integral part of your search. Birth and death certificates can help verify the spelling of a name, the age, or history of a certain person. Though vital records were not routinely maintained in the United States until the early 1900's, there is still much information that can be found around these milestone life events. Birth records are administered at the state level because birthplace is considered a determinant of citizenship. The type of information that you can find in birth and death records includes:

Birth Certificates

  • Full names of subject individual and each parent including mother's maiden name
  • Occupation of parents
  • Age and address of parents at time of birth
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Birth date
  • Location of birth including city, state, country and hospital name
  • Delivering doctor

Death Certificates

  • Full name of the deceased
  • Name of the person who reported the death
  • Location of where the deceased will be buried
  • Birth date of the deceased
  • Date, time, location and cause of death
  • Age and residence at time of death
  • Marital status
  • Name and birthplace of mother and father
  • Name of person who reported death

How to Conduct a Birth or Death Records Search?

To conduct a search or obtain copies of birth or death certificates, you should contact:

  • The vital records office in the applicable state of birth or death. The location of this office varies from state to state, but in many cases this office or these records are maintained through the state's department of health. Birth and death certificates typically require identification and proof of relationship to the person whose record is being requested, though some states consider this information to be public and will release it despite the lack of proof of relationship.

National Birth and Death Records Resource Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vital Records Resources - Birth and death certificates are handled at the state level, but the CDC does offer a composite list of links to each state's vital records office.


Latest Questions and Comments for Birth and Death

25 Comment(s)Last comment at 2015-02-03 21:20 GMT

I learned recently that my maternal grandmother gave birth to a child that was kept a secret in Stearns County. My mother would like to locate the birth record to see if she can locate this sibling of hers. What form do we need to complete, not knowing the name of the baby that was born, or the exact date. I just have my grandmother's name and the dates that the birth fell between. Thank you.
Answer 2015-02-03 21:20 GMT
Per law states does not publish death certificates within 25 years of their occurrence. I suggest that you contact Texas Vital Resources located in Austin, if I am right off the top of my mind.
Answer 2014-12-13 11:47 GMT
my sister had a baby so where around 1985-1986 come home with no baby how can I find out what happened to her baby she said he passed a way in Tennessee her name is peggy sue key can u help me
Answer 2014-12-05 23:47 GMT
My father was given away when he was very young.I am not sure if he was born in Marshall Co. or Dekalb Co. in Alabama around 1914.He was born to a Tucker woman and a Malone father.How can I find out who the mother is?I know his father was Ervin Malone.
Answer 2014-10-24 17:30 GMT
I am trying to locate a dear old friend. Have tried FB, and all the usual routes. someone told me they heard she passed away. I would like to try and find out if this is true, but can't seem to navigate the webpage when I put in death records, or death certificates. Can someone help?
Answer 2014-08-28 20:46 GMT
Hi.. If you know where she passed away go to the county records or health department they helped me get my grandparents death certificates.. You do have to pay for this documentation though..
Answer 2014-07-14 15:03 GMT
My mom passed away around 1966 how cam we get her death information
Answer 2014-06-28 20:00 GMT
how to find out if my cousin "Teeny Young--Woffe(sp?) has deceased. Her Dad's name is Newton Young who is my Dad's (Irving Wilson Young) older brother.
Answer 2014-06-05 17:08 GMT
How do I find out who was all born by my mother
Answer 2013-12-01 17:09 GMT
looking for death records of Mr & Mrs Rollins in Chester Pa. in 1932 no first names are available. I believe both passed away in April, May or June of 1932 my computer is not big enough to download all records. how to I get the first half of 1932.
Answer 2013-11-16 05:53 GMT
How do I get a death record of someone that died around 1805?
Answer 2013-10-19 10:48 GMT
Jeanette Solar info?
Answer 2013-09-26 21:32 GMT
I need to know how many people were born on November 10th 1971 at Mt. Carmel Hospital and their names. If I'm correct there were 2 girls and 2 boys.......mtrumphour@yahoo.com
Answer 2013-08-29 20:26 GMT
My name is Joan Judson Lepar and I am trying to get an original death certificate of my husband, William Richard Lepar, Jr., born Feb. 28, 1922, SS# 288-12-7882. I believe he passed away between May and July, 2001 in Temple, Tex. I am 89 years old and cannot find his death certificate anywhere. Can you please help me? Thank you, Joan Lepar email: mwhitworth529@gmail.com 281-827-3480
Answer 2013-08-06 04:08 GMT
My mother needs to order her husband's death certificate.He passed away in the state of Illinois but my mother and I live in Mexico.She has tried ordering it by calling the phone number provided on the web page from Vital Records but the call does not go through. Is there a specific phone number to dial from Mexico? Another problem we found is that she does not have U.S. IDs that are required such as a driver's license. She has a Mexican voting credential and a Mexican passport. Is there a way she can get this death certificate from Mexico?
Answer 2013-07-22 14:48 GMT
How to find date and cause of death of my father who lived in Spring Valley CA?
Answer 2013-06-02 21:36 GMT
james kevin kearns born june 26 1954 died the first week in june 1975 in alaska was bruied at holyrood cemetary in shoreline wa i need the exact date of his death please
Answer 2013-05-31 23:19 GMT
I am trying to find death certificates for two people, both of whom may have died in Omaha. 1. Catherine E. Simmons, born 10-3-1889 in Worcester, MA 2. Elbert McKinley Blanchard, born 11-20-1896 in Anita, Iowa Thank you, Ellen Glickman-Simon
Answer 2013-05-20 15:12 GMT
where can you see a family members death certificate and cause of death at
Answer 2013-04-14 21:40 GMT
How is a stillborn birth recorded?  Is there a public record for both the birth and the death?
Answer 2013-02-11 14:42 GMT
not really sure the town is was born in i just need a copy of my birth certificate  can you tell me who to talk with .
Answer 2013-02-07 16:45 GMT
How far back do the birth records go?  I am looking for my 2nd great grandfather's birth record in order to find his parents names.  He was born in 1820 in Duxbury, Washington Co Vermont.  Would there be records that far back?
Answer 2012-12-27 05:23 GMT
I am not sure what city I was born in.  Is there a way for me to find out before applying for my birth certificate?  I know between what two cities just not sure which one
Answer 2012-11-16 17:01 GMT
What is the fee for a 1923 death certificate?
Answer 2012-10-25 15:27 GMT
I want to find the cause of death/death certificate for Frank Woodey who died June 19, 1955 in Alameda, CA. He was born Jan. 14, 1923 in China.
Answer 2012-10-20 16:30 GMT

Prominent Records for Birth and Death

Kentucky Public Records - Death Records Edit

The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics maintains death records from 1911 - present. Death records can be ordered online, by mail, by phone, or in-person at the Vital Records Office. Orders placed through mail may take up to thirty days to process. To obtain a certified copy of a death record, you must know the name of the deceased, the month, day, and year of death, and the county of death. Certified copies of death certificates are $6 and can be paid by check, money order, or credit card.

Physical Address:
Office of Vital Statistics 275 E. Main St. 1E-A Frankfort, Kentucky 40621
Contact: P: 502.564.4212

How do I get a death record of someone that died around 1805?
Answer 2013-10-19 10:48 GMT

Louisiana Public Records - Birth And Death Records Edit

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals provides residents with access to a variety of vital records including birth and death records. Birth and death records may be ordered in person, by mail, by phone, by fax, or online. Birth and death records are considered confidential and are not a part of the public record and, therefore, cannot be obtained for genealogical research. The fee for a short-form birth certificate is $9 and the fee for a long-form birth certificate is $15. You must

Physical Address:
Department of Health and Hospitals Vital Records Registry 628 N. 4th Street Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Contact: P: 225.342.9500 F: 225.342.5568

Mailing Address:
Department of Health and Hospitals Vital Records Registry 628 N. 4th Street P.O. Box 628 70821-0629 Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

Massachusetts Public Records - Birth And Death Records Edit

The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services offers access to a variety of vital records for events occurring in Massachusetts including birth and death records. Birth and death records may be ordered in several ways: at the registry, online, by phone, by fax, or by mail. Vital records date back to 1635 and the state collection started in 1841. For records that are not available in the state archives, you may contact the city or town where the birth or death occurred to obtain cert

Physical Address:
Registry of Vital Records and Statistics 150 Mt. Vernon Street, 1st Floor Dorchester, Massachusetts 02125
Contact: P: 617.740.2600 E: vital.recordsrequest@state.ma.us

not really sure the town is was born in i just need a copy of my birth certificate  can you tell me who to talk with .
Answer 2013-02-07 16:45 GMT

Mississippi Public Records - Birth And Death Records Edit

The Mississippi State Department of Health provides residents with access to certified copies of birth and death records for events occurring within the State of Mississippi. You may order by mail, online, by phone, or in-person. By mail, you must fill out the birth or death certificate application form and mail it in with a check or money order for the appropriate fee. Ordering online or by phone is done through a private vital records service, and you must pay using a credit card. You may als

Physical Address:
Office of Vital Records Underwood Building 571 Stadium Drive Jackson, Mississippi
Contact: P: 601.576.7981 F: 601.576.7505 E: VRInfo@msdh.state.ms.us

I'm looking for my great grand mothers birth record. Lou Miller was born 11/271883 Mississippi. Does the state of Mississippi even have birth records that for back? brenda_dollins@yahoo.com
Answer 2012-08-16 00:33 GMT

Missouri Public Records - Birth And Death Records Edit

The Missouri Bureau of Vital Records provides residents with access to a variety of vital records including birth and death records. You may obtain birth and death records locally for events in Missouri at any local health department. Documents may be requested through VitalCheck and paid for by credit card. Note that vital records are not open to the general public and can only be obtained by the individual, guardian, or other legal party for appropriate reasons. For more information, contact

Mailing Address:
Bureau of Vital Records Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services P.O. Box 570 Jefferson City, Missouri 65102

Contact Information:
P: 574.751.6387 E: VitalRecordsInfo@health.mo.gov

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