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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 2013-12-01 17:09 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
I am researching my Great Grandfather.  Are there any birth records for the Bijou Basin, Colorado area for the years between 1872 and 1880?
Answer 2012-09-10 14:45 GMT
Greetings, Interested in finding my birth mother and father. I was born in Kenosha at St Marks Hospital . I have a birth cert with my adopted mother and fathers name, not my birth mothers name. I just found out my mothers maiden name was Kocian. What's the best way to find them?
Answer 2012-09-05 05:46 GMT
I want to find the death record of Randolph McHenry who died in Houston in 1970.  I need the day and month of his death.  Can you help? William Wilbanks, WilbanksWilliam@hotmail.com
Answer 2012-08-31 19:09 GMT

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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

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

Maine Public Records - Birth Records Edit

The Maine Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics provides access to a variety of vital records including birth records. Records may be ordered by walk-in requests, through the mail with payment by check or money order, or online through the VitalChek network. In order to obtain a birth record you must know the name on the birth record, the date of birth, the place of occurrence, the names of the parents, and you must state your relationship to the person on the record. The fee for one ce

Physical Address:
Vital Records 11 State House Station 244 Water Street Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
Contact: P: 207.287.3181

Contact Information:
P: 888.664.9491 (Toll Free)

Michigan Public Records - Birth And Death Records Edit

The Michigan Department of Community Health provides residents with access to vital records including birth and death records for events that occurred as early as 1867. You may order records online with a debit or credit card, or you can print an application and order by mail. Learn how to order a record online, order a record by mail, correct a birth record, correct a death record, and find out about eligibility requirements.

Physical Address:
Department of Community Health Capitol View Building 201 Townsend Street Lansing, Michigan 48913
Contact: P: 517.335.8666 (Customer Service) E: VRCustomerService@michigan.gov

Contact Information:
P: 517.335.8660 (Change to Birth or Death Record)

Minnesota Public Records - Death Records Edit

The Minnesota Department of Health offers individuals access to certified copies of death records for events taking place in the State of Minnesota. You can get a death certificate in person, by mail, or by fax from 1997 - present. To obtain a certificate before this date, you must contact the county where the death occurred or make your request with the Office of the State Registrar. All Minnesota death records are considered public, but you must have a tangible interest in order to obtain a d

Mailing Address:
Department of Health P.O. Box 64975 St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0975

Contact Information:
P: 651.201.5000 E: health.issuance@state.mn.us

Contact Information:
P: 888.345.0823 (Toll Free)

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