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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 September 22

  • 1072 Ouyang Xiu, Chinese historian and scholar-official (b. 1007)
  • 1197 Petrus Cantor, French theologist (Verbum Abbreviatum), dies
  • 1253 Dogen Kigen, 1st Zen patriarch of Japanese Soto line, dies at 53
  • 1286 Mugaku Sogen, Zen Rinzai line founder of Engakuji temple, dies at 60
  • 1345 Henry Plantagenet, 3rd Earl of Leicester (b. 1281)
  • 1392 Aleid van Poelgeest, lover of earl Albrecht of Bavaria, murdered at 22
  • 1392 Willem Cuser, earl Albrecht of Beierens, murdered
  • 1399 Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, English politician (b. 1366)
  • 1408 Johannes VII Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (1376-77, 90/1404-8), dies
  • 1520 Selim I, captured Baghdad/Sultan of Turkey (1512-20), dies at 53
  • 1531 Louise Van Savoye, French regent of king Francois I, dies at 55
  • 1539 Guru Nanak Dev, founder of Sikhism (b. 1469
  • 1554 Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Spanish explorer
  • 1566 John Agricola, [Schneider], German theologist/prime minister, dies
  • 1607 Alessandro Agnolo Allori, Italian painter/carpet designer, dies at 72
  • 1658 Georg Philipp Harsdorffer, German poet (b. 1607)
  • 1662 John Biddle, English theologian (b. 1615)
  • 1702 Hoessein Koprulu, Turkish great vizer (peace of Karlowitz), dies
  • 1703 Vincenzo Viviani, Italian mathematician and scientist (b. 1622)
  • 1712 Jose Solana, composer, dies at 69
  • 1737 Francesco Mancini, composer, dies at 65
  • 1737 Michel Pignolet de Monteclair, composer, dies at 69
  • 1774 Clement XIV, [Giovanni Ganganelli], Pope (1769-74), dies
  • 1776 Nathan Hale, US captain/patriot/spy, hanged by British at 21
  • 1796 George Wilhelm Gruber, composer, dies on 67th birthday
  • 1796 Joseph Lederer, composer, dies at 63
  • 1814 A W Iffland, writer, dies
  • 1826 J P Hebel, writer, dies at 66
  • 1828 Shaka, South African Zulu king, dies
  • 1852 William Tierney Clark, English civil engineer (b. 1783)
  • 1865 Heinrich Christian Pander, Russian zoologist, dies at 71
  • 1872 Vladimir Dal, Russian lexicographer (b. 1801)
  • 1873 Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1801)
  • 1880 G F Grace, cricketer (one Test v Australia), dies
  • 1881 Solomon L. Spink, U.S. Congressman from Illinois (b. 1831)
  • 1890 Johanna D Courtmans-Berchmans, Flemish author, dies at 79
  • 1914 Alain-Fournier, French writer (Grand Meaulnes), dies in battle at 27
  • 1923 Marquess of Ripon, game hunter, dies, after shooting 52nd grouse
  • 1927 Giannotto Bastianelli, composer, dies at 44
  • 1935 Karl Schroder, composer, dies at 86
  • 1944 "Cab" Calloway, British scout, dies in battle of Oosterbeek
  • 1949 Sam Wood, US communist fighter/director (Night at Opera), dies at 66
  • 1952 Cor Ruys, actor (Princess Stage), dies at 62
  • 1952 Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, first President of Finland (b. 1865)
  • 1953 William Brann, cricketer (3 Tests for S Africa), dies
  • 1956 Frederick Soddy, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1877)
  • 1957 Toyoda Soemu, Japanese admiral (b. 1885)
  • 1959 Benjamin Peret, French writer/poet (Le grand jeu), dies at 60
  • 1959 Jane Winton, actress (Hell's Angel, Patsy, Don Juan), dies at 53
  • 1959 Josef Matthais Hauer, composer, dies at 76
  • 1960 Melanie Klein, Austria/British psycho analyst, dies at 78
  • 1961 Marion Davies, actress (Not So Dumb, 5 & 10), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1963 Fred Le Roux, cricketer (S Afr all-rounder in only Test), dies
  • 1969 Adolfo Lopez Mateos, president of Mexico, dies at 59
  • 1971 Joseph Ford McGuinn, director, dies of heart attack at 67
  • 1971 Yvonne St Clair, dancer, dies at 57
  • 1972 Robert KJE Antonissen, South African literary, dies at 53
  • 1975 Franz Salmhofer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1975 Patricia Doyle, actress (Wuthering Heights), dies at 60
  • 1978 Lina Carstens, actress (Homeland, Broken Jug), dies at 85
  • 1981 Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (b. 1893)
  • 1985 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), dies at 73
  • 1987 Christopher Stryker, entertainer, dies at 27
  • 1987 Dan Rowan, actor (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in), dies at 65
  • 1987 John F "Jaco" Pastorius, rock guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35
  • 1987 Louis Philip Kentner, composer, dies at 82
  • 1988 Rais Amrohvi, Pakistani poet and psychoanalyst (b. 1914)
  • 1989 Irving Berlin, composer (God Bless America), dies at 101
  • 1989 Jan Teulings, Dutch actor/director (Dorp aan de Rivier), dies
  • 1991 Pandit Rambharos Gangaram Panday, Suriname religious leader, dies
  • 1991 Reynold Abel Dorris, (Broken Cord), dies at 23 in car crash
  • 1992 Aurelio López, Mexican baseball player (b. 1948)
  • 1993 Margaret MacDonald, maid to Queen Elizabeth, dies at 89
  • 1994 Forest Cowles Bud Forrest Sagendorf, cartoonist, dies at 79
  • 1994 John Edward Teddy Buckner, trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1994 Leonard Geoffrey Feather, jazz critic/musician, dies at 80
  • 1994 Mattie Moss Clark, gospel Singer, dies at 69
  • 1995 Albert Goodwin, historian, dies at 89
  • 1995 Arthur Benfield, formed head of Cheshire CID, dies at 82
  • 1995 Dorothy "Dolly" Ann Collins, folk musician/composer, dies at 62
  • 1996 Dorothy Lamour, actress (Road to Bali, Road to Rio), dies at 81
  • 1996 Ludmilla Chiraeff, ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • 1996 Mohammed Ben Amhed Abdelghani, PM of Algeria (1979-84), dies
  • 1997 Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk, dies at 76
  • 1997 Eric William Hunter Christie, barrister, dies at 77
  • 1997 George Bryan Ingham, artist, dies at 61
  • 1997 Ruth Picardie, journalist, dies at 33
  • 1997 Shoichi Yokoi, Jap WW II fighter (surrendered in 1972), dies at 82
  • 1999 George C. Scott, American actor (b. 1927)
  • 2000 Rodney Anoa'i (Yokozuna), American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 2000 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator, (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Isaac Stern, Ukrainian violinist (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Jan de Hartog, Dutch-born writer (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Gordon Jump, American television actor (b. 1932)
  • 2003 Hugo Young, British journalist (b. 1938)
  • 2004 Ray Traylor (The Big Boss Man), American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 2006 Edward Albert, American actor (b. 1951)
  • 2006 Carla Benschop, Dutch basketball player (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Bodinho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Marcel Marceau, French mime artist (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Thomas Doerflein, German Zookeeper (b. 1963)
  • 2010 Eddie Fisher, American singer (b. 1928)

Death Records Search

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