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Public Death Records Search Online - RecordsFinder.com A death certificate caps the phases of life that are accompanied by one thing: paperwork. For each of the 2.5 million people who pass away in the United States each year, the government documents the time, date, place and cause, capping documentation of a life that began with a birth certificate, records of immunizations, school attendance, marriage, businesses, and collection of Social Security in retirement.

Death records are comprised of many things, official and unofficial. Death certificates, obituaries and funeral home records can paint a detailed picture of a person's life if you are researching, including vital information like occupation, children's names and ages, educational background, place of birth, parents and siblings' names, and places he lived. But obituaries are unofficial, meant to memorialize a person, and are not considered unbiased information.

Death certificates are official records that can be two different things: the document that a physician signs attesting to a person's time, date, place and cause of death as well as the document that an office of vital statistics provides to authorities, family members, and others for legal purposes.

Purpose of Death Certificates

A death certificate is an official government document that notifies agencies to stop services to the deceased, including Social Security or Medicaid payments. It includes the Social Security number of the deceased for tracking purposes.

Estate executors may seek certified copies of death certificates that are issued by government authorities, usually a town or county clerk, to make legal claims such as cashing an insurance policy, initiating the probate process, or selling property that belonged to the deceased.

Government agencies such as the census bureau and Centers for Disease Control depend on the information provided on death certificates to track diseases, longevity, and other statistical information. That's why it's important for them to have an accurate cause of death on the document: to follow trends based on location, age, ethnicity, prevalence of disease and more.

Doctors aren't the only ones who may sign death certificates. In some instances, when the cause of death is certain and obvious, others with medical training like nurses or paramedics, or justices of the peace may bear official witness to a death. Even so, an autopsy may be performed to make a clear determination of the cause or contributing factors for record keeping purposes (such as alcohol use involved in a traffic accident or heat stroke in an elderly person). In the case of brain dead individuals on life support, a specialized medical professional (neurosurgeon) must establish brain death.

Death Records Statistics Infographic

Death Records Statistics
Number of deaths: 2,596,993
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Death rate: 821.5 deaths per 100,000 population
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Life expectancy: 78.8 years
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Infant Mortality rate: 5.96 deaths per 1,000 live births

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:

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Heart disease: 614,348
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Cancer: 591,699
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Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101
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Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053
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Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 133,103
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Alzheimer's disease: 93,541
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Diabetes: 76,488
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Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,227
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Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 48,146
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Intentional self-harm (suicide): 42,773

Obtaining death certificates

The availability of death certificates varies from state to state: some consider them public records while others consider them confidential and do not allow unlimited access. Many states have a "tangible interest" limitation that allows only those with a direct connection to the deceased to get records, but those individuals do not have to be related to the dead person as they may include private investigators, estate executors and others. This is done out of concern for identity theft.

Death certificates are filed in the location of the person's death, not necessarily his home state. Contact the city hall in the place of death for instructions on ordering a copy of a death certificate. If the document is not considered publicly available, you may be able to request a "review" copy that omits information like social security number, cause of death, and other details.

Historical Death Records on April 18

  • 680 Mu'awijja, kalief of Al-Schaam, dies
  • 1161 Theobald of Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1504 Filippino Lippi, painter, dies at about 52
  • 1530 Francois Lambert d'avignon, French church reformer, dies at about 43
  • 1552 John Leland, antiquary, dies
  • 1556 Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (Flora, Antigone), dies at 61
  • 1558 Roxelana, wife of Suleiman the Magnificent
  • 1567 Wilhelm von Grumbach, German military man, dies at 63
  • 1587 John Foxe, author (Book of Martyrs), dies
  • 1610 Robert Parsons, English jesuit leader/plotter, dies at 63
  • 1612 Emanuel Van Meteren, merchant/historian, dies
  • 1636 Julius Caesar, English judge
  • 1650 Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian (b. 1602)
  • 1674 John Graunt, English statistician (b. 1620)
  • 1679 Hofmannswaldau, writer, dies
  • 1684 Gonzales Cocx, [Coques], painter, dies
  • 1689 George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem/infamous judge, dies
  • 1690 Charles V Leopold, Duke of Lotharingen/Austrian fieldmarshal, dies
  • 1710 Pierre de La Barre, composer, dies at 75
  • 1732 Louis Feuillée, French explorer (b. 1660)
  • 1794 Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)
  • 1796 Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist (b. 1732)
  • 1800 John Evangelist Schreiber, composer, dies at 84
  • 1800 Pieter Fouquet, art merchant (Atlas of Fouquet), dies
  • 1807 Erasmus Darwin, physician writer and botanist (Influence), dies (b. 1731)
  • 1818 Pieter PJQ Ondaatje, Ceylon/Dutch lawyer, dies at 59
  • 1824 Edward Jones, composer, dies at 72
  • 1830 Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia, composer, dies at 62
  • 1845 Nicholas T the Saussure, Swiss chemist/botany, dies at 77
  • 1853 William King, US VP, dies a month after his inauguration
  • 1854 Joseph Antoni Frantiszek Elsner, composer, dies at 84
  • 1855 Jean-Baptiste Isabey, painter, dies
  • 1861 Heinrich August Neithardt, composer, dies at 67
  • 1867 Robert Smirke, architect, dies
  • 1871 Omar Pasha, [Michael Lats], Croatian governor, dies at 64
  • 1873 Justus Freiherr von Liebig, German chemist, dies at 69
  • 1874 David Livingstone, buried in Westminster Abbey
  • 1879 Anthony Pannizim, principal librarian (British Museum), dies
  • 1883 Agnes Tyrrell, composer, dies at 36
  • 1898 Gustave Moureau, painter, dies
  • 1906 Luis Martín, Spanish Superior-General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1846)
  • 1917 Moritz F Freiherr von Bissing, gov-gen of Belg (1914-17), dies at 73
  • 1917 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (b. 1858)
  • 1919 Enny Vrede, [Maria M Muller], Dutch actress, drowns at 35
  • 1921 Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, actor (Inkwartiering), dies at 70
  • 1925 Charles Ebbets, Pres (Dodgers), dies
  • 1928 Henryk Melcer-Szczawinski, composer, dies at 58
  • 1935 Ignazio Guidi, Italian orientalist/archaeologist, dies at 90
  • 1935 Panait Istrati, Romanian writer (b. 1884)
  • 1936 Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (Belkis), dies at 56
  • 1936 Seaborn M Denson, composer, dies at 82
  • 1938 Richard Runciman Terry, musicologist, dies
  • 1939 Theo Mann, actress (Pink Bernd, Hedda Gabler), dies at 88
  • 1940 Florrie Forde, music hall artist, dies
  • 1940 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, historian, dies
  • 1941 ... Korysis, PM of Greece, commits suicide
  • 1942 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (b. 1875)
  • 1943 I Yamamoto, admiral of Japanese fleet, dies
  • 1944 Cécile Chamindale, composer, dies
  • 1945 Ernest T Pyle, British/US newscaster, killed in WW II at 44
  • 1945 John Ambrose Fleming, electrical engineer, dies
  • 1945 Ernie Pyle, American journalist (b. 1900)
  • 1947 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25), dies at 51
  • 1949 Leonard Bloomfield, linguist/philosopher, dies
  • 1949 Will Hay, English comedian and actor (b. 1888)
  • 1951 António Óscar Carmona, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal and 11th President of Portugal (b. 1869)
  • 1955 Don Blackie, cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1928-29), dies at 46
  • 1955 Eugen Herrigel, Zen philosopher/scholar, dies in Germany at 70
  • 1955 Albert Einstein, Nobel laureate (b. 1879)
  • 1958 Maurice-Gustave Gamelin, French generalissmo (WW I, WW II), dies at 85
  • 1958 Richard B Goldschmidt, German zoologist (butterflies), dies
  • 1959 Irving Cummings Sr, actor/director (In Old Ariz), dies at 70
  • 1960 Emory Johnson, director (Phantom Express, Shield of Honor), dies at 66
  • 1963 Henrietta Kreis, 3rd of famous Wallenda aerialist to fall to death
  • 1963 Meyer Jacobstein, American politician (b. 1880)
  • 1964 Albe Vidakovic, composer, dies at 49
  • 1964 Ben Hecht, playwright (Child of the Century), dies at 71
  • 1965 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor (b. 1917)
  • 1967 Karl Miller, German footballer (b. 1913)
  • 1969 Piotr F Scharoff, Russ/Italian actor/director (Chechov), dies at 82
  • 1971 Masao Oki, composer, dies at 69
  • 1974 Betty Compson, actress (Barker, Weary River, Drag Net), dies at 77
  • 1974 Marcel Pagnol, French writer/movie (Topaz), dies at 79
  • 1975 Rob Touber, [Robert J Noordervliet), chansonnier/director, dies at 38
  • 1976 Percy Julian, holder of more than 138 chemical patents, dies at 78
  • 1976 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization Engineer (b. 1911)
  • 1983 Alan Melville, cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies
  • 1984 John Lee Mahin, screenwriter, dies of emphysema at 81
  • 1986 Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94
  • 1988 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
  • 1990 Robert D Webb, director/actor (Love Me Tender, Jackals), dies at 87
  • 1990 Gory Guerrero, professional wrestler (b. 1921)
  • 1992 Florence Randall, model/designer (Bill Blass), dies at 54 of cancer
  • 1993 Arthur P Smith, US founder of Miami Planetarium, dies at 76
  • 1993 Masahiko Kimura, Japanese judoka (b. 1917)
  • 1994 Ken Oosterbroek, South African press photographer, shot dead at 32
  • 1995 Arturo Frondizi, President of Argentina (1958-62), dies
  • 1996 Kalim Siddiqui, islamic campaigner, dies at 62
  • 1996 Michael Leander Farr, record producer, dies at 55
  • 1996 Piet Hein, architect/poet/mathematician/inventor, dies at 80
  • 1996 Robert William Paine, architect, dies at 88
  • 1997 Edward Barker, cartoonist, dies at 46
  • 1998 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 2002 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer (b. 1914)
  • 2002 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • 2003 Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of Fiji and President of Fiji (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Sam Mills, American football player (b. 1959)
  • 2007 Iccho Itoh, mayor of Nagasaki (b. 1945)
  • 2009 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)

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