Where to Go From Here:
Bureau of Vital Statistics
PO Box 15098
Columbus, OH 43215-0098
MAIN TELEPHONE: 614-466-2531
General Note: Please contact the Ohio Department of Health for current fees.
About Death Records:
Why can’t I see the Social Security Number?
Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040
Vital Records in Texas:
Taken from Wendy Bebout Elliot, "Texas," Red Book, ed. Alice Eichholz (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004).
About Death Records in General:
This index covers over 5 million deaths recorded in Florida from 1877-1998. Most records contain:
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).
This database is an index to deaths that occurred in North Carolina between 1908 and 2004. This index was created by three agencies.
The first portion was created by Ancestry from microfilm copies of county death indexes obtained from the North Carolina State Archives and Records Section (see the bottom of this page for a list of counties and years covered). Records from this portion WILL include an IMAGE of the corresponding microfilm record. Be sure to view this image when it is available as additional information about your relative (such as volume and page number of death certificate) may be listed on it.
The second portion of this index is statewide and covers the years 1968-1996. It was obtained by Ancestry from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. This portion of the index does NOT include any images.
The third portion of this index is also statewide but covers the years 1997-2004. It was obtained by Ancestry from the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics. This portion of the index also does NOT include any images.
The following information is included in this database:
Note: An "*" denotes information that may be available for all records. All other information may only be listed for records from 1968-1996.
Where to Go From Here:
Death records are important records for genealogists because generally they provide details about an individual's death as well as details about an individual's life. With the information gathered from this index you might be able to obtain a copy of the original death record from the North Carolina Office of Vital Records, the State Archives, or the Register of Deeds in the county where the death occurred (see extended description for more information about this). It is important to use information obtained from this database to locate your ancestor in the original records that this index references, as usually additional information is contained in the original record that could further benefit your research.
More About North Carolina Deaths:
On 10 March 1913, the North Carolina General Assembly ratified an act requiring the registration of births and deaths in the state; virtually full compliance was achieved by 1920, with some delayed birth records for earlier dates eventually added. The indexes to these records are available in the county where the event took place or on microfilm at the North Carolina State Archives and the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City.
Copies of death records can be obtained from the office of the County Register of Deeds and from the Office of Vital Records (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Vital Records, 1903 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1903). The North Carolina State Archives also has death certificates for those who died between 1913 and 1955 on microfilm in the Search Room. The microfilm collection of the FHL has death certificates (1906-1994); still births (1814-1953); fetal deaths (1960-1974), and an index (1906-1967).
Taken from Johni Cerny and Gareth L. Mark, "North Carolina," Red Book ed. Alice Eichholz (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004).
Why can't I see the Social Security Number?
Counties and Years that have Images:
Below is a list showing the counties and year ranges for which there are images of the microfilmed indexes from the State Archives included in this database:
North Carolina County Codes:
Note: In some parts of this index, the county of death was recorded as a numeric code. In these cases, when you view the image, you will see the county written in that way. For your reference, the county code translations are provided below following the county name:
This database is an index of more than 2.7 million deaths recorded by the state of Georgia from 1919 to 1998. Georgia's registration of births and deaths on the state level began in 1919. The index includes the name of the deceased, the volume of the certificate number, the death date, the race of the deceased, the deceased's gender, the county of death, the death certificate number, the date the certificate was filed, and the deceased's age.
This database is an index of deaths recorded by the state of Minnesota from 1908 to 2002. The registration of births and deaths on the county level began in 1870, however, state-level registration of deaths in Minnesota did not begin until 1908. The index includes:
Note: Each entry may not contain all of this data.
Non-certified death certificates may be orderd from the Minnesota Historical Society for a small fee of $8. For information on ordering non-certified death certificates visit the Minnesota Historical Society website. If a certified death certificate is needed please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website for more information. The Department of Health can also issue non-certified certificates. However, the fee is slightly more expensive than that of the Historical Society.
Death records are usually a good source of genealogical information. 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 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. However, always remember that death records are only as accurate as the knowledge of the person who provided the information. Be sure to find out who the informant was and what kind of relationship he had with your deceased ancestor to determine how well he would have known your relative. 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.