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An individual's death date can usually be found on any of the documents listed below. If you have the minimum information required to find one of these documents, select the name of that document. The items in the list are ordered from most to least important. If you do not have the minimum information required, read the paragraph below this list.

Vital records

To find an individual's death date on a vital record, such as a death certificate, you must at least know the individual's full name at time of death, the approximate year of the death, and the state or county of the death, depending on when the death took place.

Church records

To find an individual's death date in church death records, you must at least know the individual's name, and either the name of the church where the ceremony was performed or the name of the clergyman that appears in the church death record.

Newspapers

To find an individual's death date in an obituary, you must at least know the approximate date of death, the full name of the deceased, and the state and city or town where the death took place (or where the obituary was likely to have been published).

Bible records

To find an individual's death date in Bible records that are no longer in the family's possession, you must at least know the individual's full married name or maiden name, as well as the state and county in which the individual lived.

Military records

To find an individual's death date in a military pension record, you must at least know the veteran's name, the branch of service, such as Army, Navy, or Marine Corps, the state from which the veteran entered the service, and the war in which the veteran served. If the period of service was after 1916, you must also know entry and release dates, military ID number, Social Security number, whether an officer or enlisted, and date of birth.

Family histories and biographies

Both family histories and biographies may list death dates. To get a copy of a family history or biography that's not in the family's possession, you must at least know the individual's full name, and the approximate area (state or county) in which the individual may have lived.

Probate records

To find a death date in probate records, you must at least know the individual's full name at time of death, the approximate date of the death, and the county or town in which the individual lived at the time of death.

Cemeteries and cemetery records

To find a death date in a cemetery or cemetery records, you must at least know the individual's name at time of death and possible areas where the individual may have been buried.

Social Security Death Index

To find an individual's death date on the Social Security Death Index, you only need to know the individual's name.

International Genealogical Index

To find an individual's death date in the International Genealogical Index (IGI), you must at least know the individual's name. An approximate birth date or birthplace will help you narrow down your search.

For a description of any of the records listed above, see the topic Genealogy dictionary.

To get help finding the minimum information required to locate any of the records listed above, select one of the following items:

Finding the minimum information for vital records

Finding the minimum information for church records

Finding the minimum information for newspapers

Finding the minimum information for Bible records

Finding the minimum information for military records

Finding the minimum information for family histories and biographies

Finding the minimum information for probate records

Finding the minimum information for cemetery records

Finding the minimum information for the Social Security Death Index

Finding the minimum information for the International Genealogical Index

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