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Re: How to find early death records?

What are you expecting from the State Department?
Sometimes they may not appear to have 'patience', especially for long conversations :).

If you want someone to LOOK AT THE DEATH RECORD and send you what they find, I'm not sure that can be done in Arkansas. The DHHS may be your only source of death records. (Check with other Arkansas researchers, howver.)

If you found them in an index, then a death record should be found. Arkansas began keeping death records at the state level around 1914. I believe death records from that time period show the date of birth, date of death, cause of death, parents' names, informant (the one who provided the information on the death certificate), and cemetery. There may be other information.

kim c gave you a link to the Arkansas site with information on how to order a Death Record. Sometimes, if you don't provide ALL the information they request, as well as a check/money order, you will get no response.

Per the site, they require the following information:
1. Full name of the deceased (perhaps the indexed name would suffice)
2. Date of death
3. County or city of death
4. Requester's RELATIONSHIP to the deceased (?? not sure if this is cause for denial of request)
5. Requester's REASON for requesting the certificate
6. Check or money order payable to [Arkansas] 'Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
7 .... [check the site for additional information]

Finally, there is a link to an application (word document) that I assume 'should be' be submitted with your written request.
Some state offices accept Credit Cards and have a way of ordering and charging via phone (voice or fax).

Hope this helps.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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