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New Social Security Death Index Source: Social Security Administration
Years
1935-2014
Records
94,331,869
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The Death Master File (DMF) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) currently contains over 89 million records and is updated weekly. The file is created from internal SSA records of deceased persons possessing social security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the SSA. Often this was done in connection with filing for death benefits by a family member, an attorney, a mortuary, etc. Each update of the DMF includes corrections to old data as well as additional names. [NOTE: If someone is missing from the list, it may be that the benefit was never requested, an error was made on the form requesting the benefit, or an error was made when entering the information into the SSDI.] Beginning in 2014, legislative rules governing the SSDI changed. Going forward, records from the most recent 3 year period will not be available to Archives.com. Once a record is older than 3 years (1095 days), it can be published .Archives.com does not provide this number in the Social Security Death Index for any person that has passed away within the past 10 years. The absence of a particular person in the SSDI is not proof this person is alive. Additionally, there is a possibility that incorrect records of death have been entered on the DMF. The Social Security Administration does not guarantee the accuracy of the file.
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Updated England and Wales Death Index, 1916-2005 Source: UK National Archives
Years
1916-2005
Records
49,034,104
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This collection of indexed death records from England and Wales was recorded by the General Register's Office (GRO). It contains millions of records documenting marriages from 1916 to 2005. Images are only available through 1983.
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Updated England and Wales FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915 Source: UK National Archives
Years
1837-1915
Records
38,334,193
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This collection of indexed death records from England and Wales was recorded by the General Register's Office (GRO). It contains millions of records documenting marriages from 1837 to 1915.
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New California Death Index, 1940-1997 Source: California Department of Public Health
Years
1940-1997
Records
9,356,990
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Indexing death records in California between 1940 and 1997, this database is an invaluable tool for those researching in the state of California. Vital records in California have been kept by the state registrar of vital statistics since 01 July 1905. This database is an index to the death records in California from 1940 through 1997. The database may provide such valuable information as first, last and middle names of the decedents, birth dates, mother's maiden name, father's last name, sex, birth place, death place, residence at time of death, death date, social security number (when available), and the age of the individual at the time they became deceased.
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Updated Ohio Death Index Source: Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics
Years
1908-1932, 1938-2007
Records
8,266,980
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This database, with over 5.3 million names, lists those who died from 1908-1932, 1938-2007 in the state of Ohio. Information contained in this index includes:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Place of residence
  • Death place
  • Death date
  • Age at time of death
  • Birth date
  • Race
  • Educational level
  • Father's name

Note: Each entry may not provide ALL of this information. Also, only records from 1908-1944 will include a corresponding image.

Search Tip:

The original index created by the Ohio Department of Health, in some cases, limits the length of a given name to seven characters. Names such as Christian, Elizabeth, Katherine, etc. that are more than seven characters in length may need to be truncated to produce search results. If desired search results are not appearing, please try searching in the given name field using seven letters or less.

Where to Go From Here:

Information found within this database may provide you with enough information to be able to obtain a copy of a death certificate. Copies of death certificates can be ordered through Ancestry by clicking on the "Order Original Certificate" link in the shown on the search results page.

Additional information about obtaining death certificates is available at the Ohio Department of Health website. You can also contact the Department directly at:

Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
PO Box 15098
Columbus, OH 43215-0098
MAIN TELEPHONE: 614-466-2531
FACSIMILE: 614-466-6604
HOURS: 7:45AM-4:30PM

General Note: Please contact the Ohio Department of Health for current fees.

About Death Records:

Death records of the nineteenth century often include the name of the deceased, date, place, and cause of death, age at the time of death, place of birth, parents' names, occupation, name of spouse, name of the person giving the information, and the informant's relationship to the deceased. Race is listed in some records.

Death records, both early and modern, can help you identify others related to the decedent. The information provided in the records is usually given to authorities by a close relative. If the relative is a married daughter, the record will state her married name. Aunts, uncles, in-laws, cousins, and other relatives are listed as informants on death records. Each new name is a clue to the identity of other ancestors that should be pursued.

Why can’t I see the Social Security Number?

If the Social Security Number is not visible on the record index it is because Ancestry.com does not provide this number for any person that has passed away within the past 10 years.

Taken from Chapter 3: Research in Birth, Death, and Cemetery Records, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy by Johni Cerny; edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1997).

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Updated Texas Death Index Source: Texas Department of Health
Years
1903-2000
Records
7,256,190
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The state department of health has the responsibility of recording the deaths of tens of thousands of residents who die each year. This index lists over 7 million individuals who died in the state of Texas from 1903-2000. A few deaths from years prior to 1903 are also included. The index was provided by the Texas Department of Health. Information available in this index includes:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death county
  • Death date
  • Death certificate number
  • Gender
  • Marital status

Note: not all entries will provide all of this information. In addition, only deaths from 1903-63 and 1999-2000 are linked to images of the original Department of Health index.

Where to Go From Here:

With the information provided in this index, you may be able to obtain a copy of a death certificate. Because more information is often provided in an original record than in its index, it is important that you obtain a copy of the original record, if possible. For information on how to order a copy of a death certificate, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website (www.tdh.state.tx.us) or write to:

Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040
(512) 458-7111

Vital Records in Texas:

Beginning in 1903, with mandatory recording of births and deaths, copies of county records are maintained at the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Texas Department of Health, 1100 West 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756. Statewide indexes were microfilmed by the Texas State Library and copies are additionally available at several genealogical libraries. The death index is alphabetical within broader periods of time: 1903-40; 1940;45; 1946-55; then annually for 1956-73. The Genealogy Section of the Texas State Library provides limited correspondence service by checking indexes for a particular name for a small fee. If a birth or death record is not found at the state level, it is prudent to check the proper municipal or county office.

Taken from Wendy Bebout Elliot, "Texas," Red Book, ed. Alice Eichholz (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004).

About Death Records in General:

Modern (post-1910) death records, though comparatively recent, are steadily increasing in value. People are living longer, and death records often provide information about birth as well as death.

Modern death certificates have not been standardized throughout the United States; but, like birth certificates, most of them contain the same types of information. Most contemporary death certificates include the deceased's name, sex, race, date of death, age at the time of death, place of death, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, name of spouse, Social Security number, occupation, residence, father's name, mother's name, cause of death, and place of burial. Records from some states provide the birthplace of the deceased's parents. The Social Security number is not always included, but, when it is, it can be invaluable because other records (subject to right-of-privacy laws) may be accessible if you have the Social Security number.

As any experienced researcher knows, death records are only as accurate as the knowledge of the person who provided the information. Many informants are unaware of the name of parents or are unsure about dates and places of birth. Always try to find additional information about parents and dates and places of birth whenever possible.

Taken from Cerny, Johni, "Research in Birth, Death, and Cemetery Records." In The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997).

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New Veterans Burial Records Source: National Cemetery Administration
Years
1775-2006
Records
6,402,238
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This database is a compilation of burial records from a variety of sources and cemeteries. These records provide information on the burials of U.S. veterans and their dependents who were buried in the various Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, or other military cemeteries. Because the information regarding the burials is compiled from multiple sources, the amount of information provided for each burial will vary. Some of the information you may find in this database includes: name of deceased, birth date, death date, interment date, burial location/site, cemetery name, cemetery address, relationship to veteran, veteran service dates, military rank, and military branch.
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Updated Florida State Death Records Source: Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records
Years
1877-1998
Records
5,187,073
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This index covers over 5 million deaths recorded in Florida from 1877-1998. Most records contain:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death place (city and/or county)
  • Death date
  • Race
  • Birth date
  • Gender
  • Certificate and/or volume number

This collection of records was digitized from microfiche provided by The Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 210, Jacksonville, Florida 32231-0042. It is important to use the information gathered from this index to obtain a copy of the original record, as original records usually contain more information than do their indexes. Information about how to order a copy of a death certificate is available on The Florida Department of Health website.

The Bureau of Vital Statistics of the State Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, P.O. Box 210, Jacksonville, Florida 32231, has custody of birth and death records filed from January 1917 to date.

Death records begin about 1877, but the first state law mandating registration of deaths was passed in 1899, and records before 1917 are spotty. It is always wise to check with city health departments. Some years ago, for example, the St. Augustine Health Department deposited a number of "death certificates and burial permits" written on scraps of paper, prescription blanks, etc., for the late 1870s and early 1880s with its local historical society library.

Taken from Florida, Ancestry's Red Book by Lyn Scott and Gary Topping, edited by Alice Eichholz. (Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1992).

Death records of the nineteenth century often include the name of the deceased, date, place, and cause of death, age at the time of death, place of birth, parents' names, occupation, name of spouse, name of the person giving the information, and the informant's relationship to the deceased. Race is listed in some records.

Death records, both early and modern, can help you identify others related to the decedent. The information provided in the records is usually given to authorities by a close relative. If the relative is a married daughter, the record will state her married name. Aunts, uncles, in-laws, cousins, and other relatives are listed as informants on death records. Each new name is a clue to the identity of other ancestors that should be pursued.

Taken from Chapter 3: Research in Birth, Death, and Cemetery Records, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy by Johni Cerny; edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1997).

Name
New Texas Death Certificates Source: Texas Department of State Health Services
Years
1903-1982
Records
4,814,887
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Texas Death Certificates
Name
New North Carolina Death Records Source: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics
Years
1908-2004
Records
4,212,021
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Updated Kentucky Death Records Source: Kentucky Department for Public Health
Years
1911-2000
Records
3,320,556
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Description
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This important database contains an index to more than 2.6 million death records of individuals living in Kentucky from 1911 on. All records contain the following information: name of the individual, date of death, county of death, county of residence, age at death, and volume and certificate number.
Name
New Georgia Death Records Source: Georgia Health Department, Office of Vital Records
Years
1919-1998
Records
3,166,686
Images
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New Washington, Death Certificate Index Source: Courtesy FamilySearch.org
Years
1907-1960
Records
3,018,312
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This collection includes death certificate records from Washington. You can learn more about this collection at the FamilySearch website listed below:
Name
New Minnesota Death Index Source: Minnesota Department of Health
Years
1908-2002
Records
2,931,700
Images
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Name
New Illinois Death and Stillbirth Index Source: Courtesy FamilySearch.org
Years
1916-1947
Records
2,881,376
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Description
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This collection of death and stillbirth records cover 1916-1947. Information varies, but can include name, gender, race, birth date, birth place, age, death date, death place, occupation, residence, marital status, spouse's name, parent's names, cemetery name, and date of burial.
Name
New West Virginia Death Records Source: Courtesy FamilySearch.org
Years
1853-1973
Records
2,446,976
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This collection of West Virginia death records covers 1853-1973. Information varies, but can include name, gender, race, birth date, birth place, age, death date, death place, occupation, residence, marital status, spouse's name, parent's names, cemetery name, and date of burial.
Name
New Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Death Index Source: Courtesy FamilySearch.org
Years
1803-1915
Records
2,369,327
Images
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Name
New Michigan Death Index Source: Michigan Department of Vital and Health Records
Years
1971-1996
Records
2,052,472
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This collection of Michigan death records covers 1971-1996. Information, when available, includes the person's name, gender, birth date, death date, and residence.
Name
New Massachusetts Death Index Source: Massachusetts Department of Health Services
Years
1970-2003
Records
2,037,187
Images
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This index of Massachusetts deaths covers the years 1970-2003. Information, when available, includes the person's name, date and place of death, birth date, and birth place.
Name
New Connecticut, Death and Burial Index Source: FamilySearch
Years
1650-1934
Records
1,904,722
Images
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Description
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This collection contains death and burial records from Connecticut town clerk records, church records, and other records about deaths and burials in the state. The number of records in each county varies; this database is not a comprehensive index of deaths and burials for this time period. The information provided varies by county, but can include name, gender, race, birth date and place, occupation, residence, marital status, spouse, date and place of death, date and place of burial, father's name and birthplace, mother's name and birthplace, and FHL film number.

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