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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 2014-10-24 17:30 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
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: 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
I am doing geneolgy of my great grandmother. Her name was Lolo or Lola V. Foss.  I know she died in New Hampshire either in 1954 or 1955.  I need verification of what year so I can obtain a death record.
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Prominent Records for Birth and Death

Colorado Public Records - Birth And Death Records Edit

Visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for information on vital records including birth, death, marriage, divorce and adoption information. Order certified copies of birth or death certificates through private company VitalChek by phone or online, or obtain certified copies from the county office where the event took place.

Physical Address:
Department of Public Health and Environment Vital Records Section 4300 Cherry Creek Drive south HSVRD-VR-A1 Denver, Colorado 80246

Delaware Public Records - Birth And Death Records Edit

The Office of Vital Statistics is a department of the Division of Public Health. Contact this office to get copies of birth, death, adoptee and marriage certificates in person or by written request to the Office of Vital Statistics or online through the third party vendor, VitalChek. There are three Office of Vital Statistics locations around the state that you can visit to obtain a copy of any of these certificates in person.

Physical Address:
Office of Vital Statistics 417 Federal St. Dover, Delaware 19901

Florida Public Records - Death Records Edit

Learn how to order an official Florida Death Certificate. Applications are accepted by mail or in person. Download brochures about the Electronic Death Registration System, causes of death, and what physicians should know before signing a death certificate.

Mailing Address:
Bureau of Vital Statistics Attn; Customer Services P.O. Box 210 1217 Pearl St. Jacksonville, Florida 32231-0042

Contact Information:
P: 904.359.6900 Ext. 9000 F: 877.550.7428 (VitalChek)

Georgia Public Records - Birth And Death Records Edit

If you are looking for information on vital records in the state of Georgia, the Georgia State Office of Vital Records maintains birth and death records from 1919 to present. Request a birth or death certificate online or in person through the State Office of Vital Records. Offices are located in each of the 159 counties of Georgia, or you can contact the state office directly. Older records may be found through the Georgia Division of Archives and History.

Physical Address:
State Vital Records Office 2600 Skyland Dr. Atlanta, Georgia 30319-3640
Contact: P: 404.679.4702 E:

How can I find death records on my grandparents, Jeremiah Calvin Carter and Martha Corrine Carter who died in the early 20th century.
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Need to find birth records of twins born on 10/24/78
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Idaho Public Records - Birth And Death Records Edit

The Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics maintains birth and death records from July 1911 to present. Older records may be found in county records where the event occurred. Birth records in the state of Idaho are considered confidential for 100 years, while death certificates are considered confidential for 50 years. Requests for birth or death certificates may be made either by mail or online through third party vendor VitalChek.

Physical Address:
Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics 450 West State St. Boise, Idaho 83702
Contact: P: 208.334.5988 E: IVR@DHW.IDAHO.GOV

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