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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

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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 August 23

  • 93 Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman Governor of Britain (b. 40)
  • 634 Aboe Bekr Abd Allah, [al-Siddik], friend/successor of Mohammed, dies
  • 634 Abu Bakr, Arabian caliph
  • 1106 Magnus, Duke of Saxony
  • 1176 Emperor Rokujo of Japan (b. 1164)
  • 1305 William Wallace, Scottish patriot, hanged, disemboweled & beheaded
  • 1328 Nicolaas Zannekin, leader of rebel Flemish farmers, dies in battle
  • 1387 King Olav IV of Norway (b. 1370)
  • 1507 Jean Molinet, Burgundy historian (Chroniques), dies at about 72
  • 1519 Philibert Berthelier, Swiss patriot
  • 1540 Guillaume Budé, French scholar
  • 1591 Luis de Leon, scholar/poet, dies
  • 1618 Gerbrant A Bredero, poet/playwright (Moortje), dies at 33
  • 1628 George Viliers, 1st duke of Buckingham, assassinated by Felton at 36
  • 1652 John Byron, 1st Baron Byron, English royalist politician (b. 1600)
  • 1668 Artus Quellinus, Flemish sculptor (Amsterdam townhall), dies
  • 1706 Colonel Edward Nott, Esq., British Crown Governor of Virginia (b. 1654)
  • 1723 Antoine Mouque, composer, dies at 64
  • 1723 Increase Mather, New England Puritan minister (b. 1639)
  • 1777 Giuseppe Sellitto, composer, dies at 77
  • 1802 Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine Schroter, composer, dies at 51
  • 1806 Charles Augustin de Coulomb, Fren physicist (coulometrie), dies at 70
  • 1813 Alexander Wilson, Scottish-born ornithologist (b. 1766)
  • 1819 Oliver Hazard Perry, naval hero, dies on 34th birthday
  • 1825 Amos Bull, composer, dies at 81
  • 1831 August WA Grave von Gneisenau, Prussian fieldmarshal, dies at 70
  • 1839 Charles Philippe Lafont, composer, dies at 57
  • 1853 Alexander Calder, first mayor of Beaumont, Texas (b. 1806)
  • 1867 Auguste-Marseille Barthélemy, French poet (b. 1796)
  • 1878 Adolf Fredrik Lindblad, composer, dies at 77
  • 1892 Deodoro da Fonseca, 1st President of Brazil (b. 1827)
  • 1898 Joseph Robinson, composer, dies at 82
  • 1903 Paul J C Gabriel, Dutch water colors painter/etcher, dies at 75
  • 1914 Felix Fivet, Belgian baby, executed by German troops at 3 weeks
  • 1914 George A Pogson, British consul in Puerto Rico, dies
  • 1926 Rudolph Valentino, silent movie idol (Sheik), dies in NY at 31
  • 1927 Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in Mass
  • 1929 Charles Van de Woestijne, Flemish writer/poet (God on Sea), dies
  • 1933 Adolph Loos, Austrian architect, dies at 62
  • 1937 Albert Charles Paul Marie Roussel, composer, dies at 68
  • 1939 Sidney Coe Howard, playwright (Silver Cord, Pulitzer 1925), dies at 48
  • 1941 Jack O'Connor, cricketer (four Tests for Aust 1908-09, 13 wkts), dies
  • 1943 Johann P Zilcher, German composer, dies at 88
  • 1944 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, composer, dies at 63
  • 1955 Reginald Tate, British actor (b. 1896)
  • 1956 ... Kennedy, daughter of future Pres Kennedy, dies same day
  • 1958 Martin du Gard, writer, dies
  • 1960 Oscar Hammerstein II, Broadway librettist, dies at 65
  • 1962 Hoot Gibson, silent screen cowboy actor (Last Outlaw), dies at 70
  • 1962 Irving Fine, composer (Toccata), dies at 47
  • 1962 Walter Anderson, German folklorist (b. 1885)
  • 1963 Glen Gray, American jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  • 1965 John Bata, Czech shoe manufacturer, dies at 67
  • 1966 Francis Xavier Bushman, actor (Ben-Hur), dies at 83
  • 1967 Georges Berger, Belgian racing driver (b. 1918)
  • 1970 Nel Rose, dancer, dies at 55
  • 1971 Gisela Hernandez Gonzalo, composer, dies at 58
  • 1971 Oliver F McGowan, actor (Banning, Stagecoach), dies at 64
  • 1971 The original Shamu, Sea World orca
  • 1972 Balis Dvarionas, composer, dies at 68
  • 1974 Roberto Assagioli, Italian psychiatrist (b. 1888)
  • 1975 Hank Patterson, actor (Fred Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 87
  • 1977 Sebastian Cabot, actor (Giles French-Family Affair), dies at 59
  • 1979 Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • 1979 Richard Hearne, actor (Capt Horatio Hornblower), dies at 70
  • 1980 Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill's Speech), dies at 77
  • 1982 Alberto Cavalcanti, Brazilian director (Herr Puntila), dies at 85
  • 1982 Stanford Moore, US biochemist (Nobel 1977), dies
  • 1986 Charles Janssens, Belgian actor (Mira, Malpertuis), dies at 80
  • 1987 Siegfried Borris, composer, dies at 80
  • 1987 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)
  • 1989 Helen le Clerq, Dutch dancer, dies
  • 1989 Ronald Laing, British psychiatrist (anti-psychiatry), dies
  • 1989 Yusef Hawkins, shot by 30 whites in Bensonhurst because he's black
  • 1989 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (b. 1944)
  • 1990 David Rose, composer (Holiday for Strings, Stripper), dies at 80
  • 1991 Florence B Seibert, bio-chemist (TB), dies at 93
  • 1992 Malcolm Atterbury, actor (7 Days in May, Wild River), dies at 85
  • 1992 Virginia Sale-Wren, entertainer, dies of heart failure at 92
  • 1992 Wayne McLaren, Marlboro Man, dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 1993 Charles Scorsese, actor (Cape Fear, Goodfellas, Wise Guys), dies at 80
  • 1993 Edwina Lewis, actress (Boy Who Cried Bitch), dies of heart attack 42
  • 1993 Victorine Hefting, historian/wife of Bert Baker, dies at 88
  • 1994 Henri Rousselot, admiral, dies at 82
  • 1994 Paolo Volponi, Italian communist/author (Machina Mondiale), dies at 70
  • 1994 Rabah Stambouli, Algerian sociologist/politician, murdered at 65
  • 1994 Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer, dies at 77
  • 1995 Alfred Eisenstaedt, photojournalist, dies at 96
  • 1995 Arthur Holt, politician, dies at 81
  • 1995 Dwayne Rudolph Goettel, musician, dies at 31
  • 1995 Hedda J Garza, writer/political activist, dies at 66
  • 1995 James Pilditch, designer, dies at 66
  • 1995 Johnny Carey, soccer star, dies at 76
  • 1995 Vincent Gordon Lindsay White, tycoon, dies at 72
  • 1997 Eric Gairy, PM of Grenada (1974-79), dies
  • 1999 Norman Wexler, American screenwriter (b.1926)
  • 1999 James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • 2000 John Anthony Kaiser, Roman Catholic priest (b. 1932)
  • 2001 Kathleen Freeman, American actress (b. 1919)
  • 2001 Peter Maas, American novelist (b. 1929)
  • 2002 Hoyt Wilhelm, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 2003 Jack Dyer, Australian rules footballer (b. 1913)
  • 2003 John Geoghan, American Catholic priest (b. 1935)
  • 2003 Bobby Bonds, American baseball player and manager (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Brock Peters, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Ninjalicious, Canadian author and urban explorer (b. 1973)
  • 2006 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Robert Symonds, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2008 John Russell, British-born American art critic and author

Death Records Search

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