Death records are most often used for family history, genealogy, and adoptee searches as they provide important information about the ancestry of a person as well as a description of the deceased, the circumstances of the death and its location.
Unfortunately not every state provides access to statewide death record information and some states prohibit the dissemination or severely limit access to death record information.
Here you'll find free links to the most useful death record databases we've locate on the Internet. Click on the country, region or state to find death record databases available in that area.
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|Death Records Nationwide | Social Security Administration |
This is the place to start when you're looking for a death record or death certificate-- the Social Security Administration Death Index.
|1850 Census Mortality Schedule |
1850 United States Federal Census records mortality schedule for inhabitants who died between June 1849 and May 1850.
|ABMC Overseas Burials and Memorials |
American Battle Monuments Commission records of military overseas memorials and burials, including World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
|Afghanistan War Casualties |
Search for Afghanistan War Coalition casualties by nationality.
|Celebrity Deaths |
Dead People Server database of celebrity and near-celebrity deaths.
|Combat Casualties |
US Archives database of combat casualties between 1956 and 1998.
|Deaths of U.S. Citizens Abroad |
Search for statistics on deaths by non-natural causes of United States citizens in other countries.
|Desert Storm Casualties |
Provided by: leyden.com. Browse by state and name for Operation Desert Storm military personnel killed in action.
Use this Family Search service provided by the Latter Day Saint Church to search for births, deaths, and marriages, and family history information.
|Gravesite Locator | Veterans Affairs |
American Veteran gravesites by cemetery, name, date of birth or date of death.
|Iraq War Casualties |
Iraq War Casualty database by date or search by name, branch, unit age, rank date, and/or cause.
|Nationwide Vital Records Resources - Vitalrec |
Browse this vitalrec.com site for information on how to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce information in the United States. Vitalrec requires a monthly subscription fee of $2.95 to access records.
|New Zealand Death Records |
Search for deaths in New Zealand that occurred more than 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.
|September 11 Victims |
View this CNN.com listing of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with links to biographies. Site includes a variety of information related to the tragedy.
|Unclaimed Persons |
Use this service of the San Bernardino Cty Coroner to search throughout the U.S. for deceased persons whose remains have been unclaimed by name or browse listing to view information including name, aliases, case number, age, place of death/birth, etc.
|Vietnam Casualties |
Search the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall page for Vietnam War casualties by name, home of record, home state/country, branch, age, service or social security number, rank, birthday, and/or casualty date.
|Vietnam Marine Helicopter Crew & Passengers KIA |
U.S. Marine Corps Helicopter Pilots, Crewmembers, and Passengers killed in action in Vietnam.
|Vital Records Information|
National Center for Health Statistics information on where to find death recordds in the United States.
|Vital Records Resources - Vitalrec |
Use this vitalrec.com site for information on how to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce information in the United States.
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