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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
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

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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

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

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)

Maine Public Records - Death Records Edit

The Maine Office of Data, Research, and Vital Statistics allows you to request and purchase copies of certified death records. Records may be obtained in-person, by mail, or online. In order to acquire a certified copy of a death record you must know the name of the decedent, the date of the death, the town of occurrence, and you must state your relationship to the decedent. The first certified copy is $15 and each additional copy of the same record is $6.

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)

Maryland Public Records - Death Records Edit

The Maryland Vital Statistics Administration provides access to death records for surviving relatives of the deceased, authorized representatives of surviving relatives, funeral directors, courts, and individuals who can prove a legal need for the certificate. Death certificates can be obtained by mail and require photo ID. Death records can also be obtained by from the local health department in which the funeral director filed the death certificate. Apply in person at the appropriate local he

Physical Address:
Office of Vital Statistics 6550 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, Maryland 21215
Contact: P: 410.764.3038

Mailing Address:
Office of Vital Statistics P.O. Box 68760 Baltimore, Maryland 21215

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