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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.


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25 Comment(s)Last comment at 2014-07-14 15:03 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
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.
Answer 2012-10-12 14:12 GMT
i WOULD LIKE VERIFICATION THAT MY APPLICATION FOR A BIRTH RECORD WAS RECEIVED BY FAX ON 9/20/12. NO WHERE ON THE SITE HELPS ME WITH THIS. ROBERT G DEVINE. DATE OF BIRTH 12/14/1971
Answer 2012-09-27 16:08 GMT
I AM LOOKING FOR VIRGINIA QUENZER BORN NEW YORK CITY IN 1919. DIED SOMETIME BRFORE 1950.I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE SHE IS BURIED AND WHEN SHE DIED. SHE IS THE SISTER OF MY MOTHER RUTH QUENZER BORN DEC.8,1915 IN NEW YORK CITY. THE FAMILY KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT VIRGINIA AND WE WOULD LIKE TO FILL IN THE BLANK SPACES IN OUR FAMILY TREE.PLEASE CONTACT KEVIN AT  SCMS@PTD.NET
Answer 2012-09-21 10:51 GMT
Dr Graham (don't know first name), married to Doris and lived in Townsend, TN.  Would like to inquire of date and cause of death.
Answer 2012-09-18 23:06 GMT
DO YOU HAVE DEATH CERTIFICATES FOR BEAVER COUNTY, OK FOR THE YEARS OF 1903 AND 1904. DO YOU HAVE COPIES THAT ARE NOT CERTIFIED FOR GENOLOGY PURPOSES.. JACQUE
Answer 2012-09-11 22:03 GMT

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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

Connecticut Public Records - Birth And Death Records Edit

The State Vital Records Office maintains copies of all birth, marriage, death and fetal death records that occurred in Connecticut after July 1, 1897. For record prior to 1897, contact the Connecticut State Library's History and Genealogy Unit. Copies may also be obtained from the clerk's office in the city or county where the event occurred.

Physical Address:
State Vital Records Office 550 Main Street Hartford, Connecticut 06103
Contact: P: 860.509.7700 F: 860.509.7964

Illinois Public Records - Birth And Death Records Edit

Locate vital records for Illinois including birth records, death records and adoption records through the Illinois Department of Public Health. Birth and death records are available from 1916 to present to the named individual or to a family member. Certificates can be ordered online, by mail, by fax, or in person. Also order a Commemorative Birth Certificate or how to correct a birth certificate.

Physical Address:
Vital Records 925 East Ridgely Ave. Springfield, Illinois 62702
Contact: P: 217.782.6553 F: 217.785.3209

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

Iowa Public Records - Birth And Death Records Edit

The Iowa Bureau of Health Statistics provides access to certified copies of vital records. Requests must include government-issued photo identification and must have the applicant's signature signed in front of a notary public or in the presence of an Iowa Registrar of Vital Records. Birth and death records may be obtained by phone, online, by mail, and in person. Birth and death records are available from 1880 to present. The fee for a certified record search is $15 and is non-refundable.

Physical Address:
Bureau of Health Statistics Vital Records Lucas State Ofc. Bldg. 321 E. 12th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Contact: P: 515.281.4944

Kansas Public Records - Death Records Edit

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment provides access to certified copies of death records for interested and qualified individuals. Uncertified copies and verifications are not available to the public. Learn how to order a death certificate and how to obtain death records prior to 1911. Find out how to amend or correct a death certificate. The fee for a certified death certificate is $15 and a record will be issued if found. If a record is not found, the search fee will be retained.

Physical Address:
Department of Health and Environment Office of Vital Records Curtis State Office Building 1000 SW Jackson Topeka, Kansas 66612
Contact: P: 785.296.1400

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