A lot of people don’t realize this, but a person’s death certificate is part of the US public record. The interesting part is that the internet has made this a much easier and simpler way of getting this type of information. Normally people had to go to a physical location and search through records, but now you can get it instantly on the internet. There are a variety of reasons why a person would need such records. The most common one is for things like genealogy, where you try to build a background of a family tree. Sometimes such records are needed for lawyers and legal issues.
The problem with death certificate records is that there are just so much of them. It becomes a challenge to find exactly what you’re looking for. There are a lot of sources to find this type of information like court houses and custodians, but there access is pretty limited. The internet is what makes this searching much simpler. You just have to plug in a few vital pieces of information and you’ll have access to the death certificate within a few seconds. Typically you’ll end up finding information like the date of birth, place of birth and address of the person you’re looking up.
There are some important details that you must pay attention to when you’re doing any kind of background search for a death certificate. And it doesn’t matter if you’re using the internet to do the search or going to one of the many government buildings that contain the vital statistics about people. Here is what you need to do to make sure that you get more accurate and speedy results.
— You should try to keep your requests short and sweet. Obviously you can’t have too little information, but when you start adding in extra information you’re just going to prolong the process of finding the right death certificate. When you just keep it short and simple, you end up completely with records that match instead of getting junk.
— Making sure that you have full information is also important. You should know a person’s real legal name. It is amazing how many people don’t use their legal name, so you could know them and not realize that you’re not giving the right information. A name like Chris could legally be Kris, Christopher, or Kristopher. Knowing which one you should be using is essential. Also knowing the date of death helps a lot too, so make sure you know that statistic too.
— If you plan on going to a physical location to get a death certificate, instead of the internet, expect to be frustrated. Things don’t run at a fast speed there and typically there is more red tape that you have to go through. I’d normally just say that you should skip it and use the internet because you’ll save a lot of time and headaches.
With the internet, you can access the government’s registry using the many services available. This comes with a small fee and it is well worth it, instead of having to comb through different sources, online and offline. The government’s central registry keeps records of all deaths and by going directly to it through an online service is the easiest and fastest way to do your research.
Sample Death Record (click to enlarge)