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Death Records

Records that inform of an individual's passing and are associated to other records of said individual. In the United States, death records are public records that are maintained under the "vital records" category. There are two types of death records: death indexes and official death certificates.

A death certificate is issued upon the passing of an individual and it includes the following information:

• The deceased individual's full name

• The individual's place and date of birth

• The individual's date and place of burial

• The individual's cause of death

• Time, date, and location of death

• Marital status

• Spouse's name (if a spouse exists)

• Full/partial social security number

• Parents' names

• Parents' birthplaces

• Maiden name (if applicable)

• Veteran's discharge number or claim (if applicable)

In certain cases, death records will not contain all the details mentioned above. In such cases, additional data can be provided by a living relative, but he/she may refuse to provide the information.

In other cases, official death records are completed or filled out by an agency that is in charge of a the deceased individual's remains, such as a funeral home. Once the death record is complete, it must be signed by a coroner, a medical examiner, or a doctor.

Unlike official death records, death indexes usually do not include sensitive information about the deceased.

Why are certified copies of death certificates necessary?

Death records and copies of death certificates are vital in many cases. For instance, if there are issues with an individual's estate or will, a death certificate helps settle natters. Once a death certificate is issued, the state in which the individual lived in will stop issuing different payments, like benefits.

The certificate is used by the individual's relatives to settle the deceased individual's final affairs, like:

• Settling life-insurance policies

• Getting access to bank accounts

• Receiving survivor benefits

How to get copies of death certificates?

There are cases in which death certificates contain highly sensitive information, and the public is restricted from getting copies of such records. In other cases, to get certified copies of public records, you will need to contact the local county's Vital Statistics Office. The vital statistics office receives death certificates once they are complete, so you must first wait for the completion of these records.

To get the copy of the certificate, a relative of the deceased must file a request with the vital statistics office and pay the proper fee (varies between states). Vital records, including death certificates, are public record, in most cases, but in some, access to the public is denied.

The following are the only ones who are permitted to get copies of certified death records:

• An attorney representing family members, estate, or individuals with a legal interest.

• An immediate family member/spouse

• Genealogical researchers

• Estate executor

• Individuals with close financial or familial ties to the individual

In other cases, you can request a copy of a death certificate by contacting the office of vital records/the agency that maintains the certificate in person, via mail or email. If the state in which the death certificate was issued allows access to death records through third-party companies, you can use the services of such companies. You can also use ProPeopleSearch to gain quick access to death records in each state and find additional public records information in one place.

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