Death Records

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A death record is an official report that lists important information, such as the time, date and cause of death, about an individual. This record also includes the person's date of birth, marital status and occupation. This document is signed by a doctor to confirm the circumstances of the death.

Laws vary from state to state on who can request death records. However, usually if you are an immediate family member, you are given a copy. Also, you may also receive a death record if you are a personal or legal representative of the deceased and have a notarized letter of authorization and the dead person's identification. For more details on your state's law, ask your state's vital records' office.

Obtaining death records can be a critical part of researching your genealogy through public records, confirming the death of a missing loved one or compiling statistics.

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