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Locating death records

Locating death records
Genealogy tips

Death records are used extensively in genealogical research. These records typically provide many pieces of information including the name of the deceased, dates of birth and death, spouse's name, parents' names, burial place and cause of death.

Trying to find death records, however, can be challenging. Death records are kept on the state, and sometimes even county or city level.

States began keeping death records at various times throughout history. Many did not begin the process until the early 20th century.

Access to records also varies from state to state. A few states, like Arizona and West Virginia, have placed digital images of their records online. Other states, like Kentucky, have indexes to their records online. Some states provide no online records whatsoever.

A free Web site is available that attempts to list all online sources of death records in the United States. This site can be found at

The site is organized in alphabetical order by state and is updated regularly. It contains links to hundreds of online resources concerning death records.

Many abstracts of death records are also available on, a fee-based genealogy service. Area residents can use for free at any branch of the Kenton County Public Library.

Genealogy tips are provided by Dave Schroeder, historian for the Kenton County Public Library. You can contact the library's local history department by calling (859) 962-4085 or via e-mail at

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Locating death records
Re: Locating death records in Missouri

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