Monday, June 09, 2008

Online Death Certificates and Records - USA

This list was updated on 2 September 2020.

Here is a list of some collections of online digitized death certificates, death records or death ledgers. Some are free, some fee-based. Note that some death certificate images at these websites may be unavailable because of errors or other reasons. And some of the databases listed here may be incomplete.

Alabama
FamilySearch has Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974. However, you must be at a Family History Center or FamilySearch affiliate library to view the images of the death certificates. (free)

Arizona
Arizona Death Certificates, 1870-1969 (free) also includes birth certificates 1855-1944

Arkansas
Ancestry has Arkansas Death Certificates, 1914-1969 (fee-based), which includes digitized images of the death certificates.

California (Los Angeles, San Joaquin County and Others)
California: County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 from FamilySearch (partial) (free) Coverage varies by county. Many counties are not included. Some records are not yet indexed.This database includes:
  • Indexed death certificates for Los Angeles City and County, 1905-c.1963, and death registers, 1888-1905
  • San Joaquin County death certificates, 1905-c.1960s (indexed)
  • Unindexed death records for Berkeley (Alameda County), pre-1905; Mendocino County, c.1873-1919; Orange County, 1889-1921; San Benito County, 1905-1989; Santa Clara County, pre-1905; and Santa Cruz County, pre-1905, plus a digitized Santa Cruz County death index for 1850-1980.
  • Some birth records and indexes for various California counties. Coverage varies and not all counties are included.
You might also find it helpful to search one of the online California death indexes listed here: Online California Death Records and Indexes.

Delaware
FamilySearch has Delaware Death Records 1855-1961. (free)

District of Columbia
FamilySearch has District of Columbia Deaths 1874-1961. You must be at a Family History Center or FamilySearch affiliate library to view the images. (free)

Florida
FamilySearch has Florida Death Records, 1877-1939 with digitized images of the death certificates. (free)

Georgia
Scanned Georgia death certificates are available online for 1919-1942 (free). See: Online Georgia Death Records and Indexes

Hawaii
Ancestry has Hawaii Death Certificates and Indexes, 1841-1942 (fee-based). See: Online Hawaii Death Indexes and Records.

Idaho
FamilySearch has Idaho Death Certificates 1911-1937 (free), and Ancestry has Idaho Death Records, 1890-1967 (fee-based; most are for 1911-1967). See: Online Idaho Death Records and Indexes

Illinois
FamilySearch has an index for Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947 that includes images of the death certificates for many of the entries. However, you must be at a Family History Center or FamilySearch affiliate library to view the images. (free)

For some Illinois death indexes see: Online Illinois Death Records Indexes, Obituaries and Cemeteries (free and fee-based listings)

Indiana
Ancestry (fee-based) has an Indiana death index for 1899-2011, including digitized images of the death certificates. See: Online Indiana Death Records and Indexes

Iowa
Ancestry has scanned Iowa death certificates for 1921-1967 (fee-based). FamilySearch has Iowa death records for 1904-1942, including digitized images (free). FamilySearch also has some county death records for Iowa (free). See: Online Iowa Death Records and Indexes

Kentucky
Ancestry has digitized Kentucky death certificates from 1911-1965 (fee-based) and FamilySearch has them for 1911-1965 (free). See: Online Kentucky Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Massachusetts
FamilySearch has Massachusetts Death Records 1841-1915 and the Massachusetts Archives Digital Repository has Massachusetts Death Certificates for the years 1916 and 1917. (both are free)

Michigan
FamilySearch has digitized Michigan death ledgers for 1867-1897 (free); Michiganology (formerly Seeking Michigan) has digitized Michigan death certificates from 1897-1943 (free); Ancestry has digitized Michigan death registers from 1867-1897, and digitized death certificates from 1897-1943 (fee-based). See: Online Michigan Death Records and Indexes

Missouri
Missouri Death Certificates 1910-1969 (free) from the Missouri State Archives

Montana
Ancestry has Montana State Deaths, 1907-2016 (fee-based), which includes digitized images of the death certificates for some entries; coverage varies by county

Nevada
Ancestry has Nevada Death Records from 1911-1965, with digitized copies of the death certificates (fee-based). For info, see: Online Nevada Death Records, Indexes and Obituaries

New Hampshire
FamilySearch has New Hampshire Death Records 1654-1947 with scanned images (free), and New Hampshire death certificates 1938-1959 (free). Ancestry has scanned New Hampshire Death Certificates 1901-1947 (fee-based). For information on these see: Online New Hampshire Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

New Mexico
FamilySearch (free) has scanned microfilm of New Mexico Death Certificates, 1927-1945; and New Mexico Certificate and Record of Death, 1889-1942 (with gaps). For links to these, see: Online New Mexico Death Records and Indexes

North Carolina
As part of their collection of online genealogy records, Ancestry has scanned North Carolina death certificates from 1909-1975 available for downloading (fee-based). And FamilySearch has digitized North Carolina death records from 1906-1930 (free to download). For information on these see: Online North Carolina Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Ohio
FamilySearch has scanned Ohio death certificates from 1908-1953 (free), and some online digitized images of mostly pre-1908 Ohio death registers from county courthouses (free). For links to these see: Online Ohio Death Records Indexes, Obituaries and Cemeteries

Pennsylvania
Ancestry has scanned Pennsylvania Death Certificates (indexed) for 1906-1967 (fee-based). For info, see: Online Pennsylvania Death Records, Indexes and Obituaries

FamilySearch has scanned Philadelphia City death certificates from 1803-1915 and Pittsburgh City death records from 1870-1905. (free)

South Carolina
As part of their collection of online genealogy records, Ancestry has digitized South Carolina death certificates from 1915-1968 (subscription required). And FamilySearch has digitized South Carolina death records from 1915-1965 (free to download). For information on these see: Online South Carolina Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Tennessee
FamilySearch (free) has Tennessee Death Records 1914-1966; and Ancestry (fee-based) has Tennessee Death Records and Certificates 1908-1965 (except 1913). For information see: Online Tennessee Death Records and Indexes

Texas
FamilySearch (free) and Ancestry (fee-based) have scanned Texas death certificates at their websites. For information see: Online Texas Death Records and Indexes

Utah
Utah Death Certificates 1905-1967 (free)

Vermont
As part of their collection of online genealogy records, Ancestry has digitized Vermont death certificates from 1909-2008 (subscription required). For information on these see: Online Vermont Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Virginia
Ancestry has a Virginia Death Certificates Index for June 1912-2014 with online death certificate images from June 1912 to 1993 (fee-based). FamilySearch has Virginia Death Certificates for June 1912-1987 (free). For info, see: Online Virginia Death Records, Indexes and Obituaries

Washington (state)
FamilySearch has a death index for Washington and most entries include a digitized death certificate. See: Washington (State) Death Certificates, 1907-1960 (free)

West Virginia
West Virginia Death Certificates and Records 1853-1969 (free) coverage varies by county - also has birth and marriage records

Other States - Death Indexes
For a directory of online death indexes, including some cemetery records, obituaries, and probate records see: Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cannot enter Texas scanned death certificates. Is there a reason?

Joe said...

Hello Anonymous,
The scanned Texas death certificates are part of the FamilySearch Labs/Pilot website. As it says in the Texas listing above there may be occasional downtime. Also the FamilySearch Pilot website requires Adobe Flash Player and may sometimes load slowly, depending on your connection.

JK said...

Also, the databases may not be 'complete' in that they may only have a few listings available at this time. I will say that the site is a great resource and I have found a LOT of information just from the Ohio death certificates.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful site.
SM