How To Find A Death Certificate?

How do I find my ancestor’s death record?

  • Use the Finding US Death Records wiki page.
  • Check online indexes and digital images.
  • Check repositories, such as archives and libraries (FHL)
  • Obtain certificate from the government agency ($$)

Is a death certificate a public record?

Death Records. A death record is an official statement signed by a physician that states the cause, the date, and the place of a person’s death. In most states, the death certificate is considered public domain and can be obtained by anyone regardless of their relationship to the deceased.

How do I find a death certificate online for free?

Online United States vital records are found on a number of websites, such as,, or state government sites. Some states have not placed their records online and it is necessary for near kin to fill out forms and order copies of certificates.

Are death records public information in Ohio?

Cleveland – Birth & Death Certificates. The Bureau of Vital Statistics can now issue certified copies of Birth Certificates for everyone born in the state of Ohio. Ohio is an “open record” state, and vital records (births and deaths) are considered to be public records by the State of Ohio.

Can you find out cause of death online?

Depending on the state in which the death certificate was issued, it may be possible to obtain a death certificate online. State agencies sometimes maintain their death records online and there are also various websites such as which aggregate death records online.