Helpful Tips for Searching for a Death Record
Begin your search by entering all the information you have. In addition to the last
name, which is required for all searches, we recommend you enter information in
a minimum of two other fields. You can still perform a search on less than three
fields but the results may be several pages. Generally, the more information you
have, the easier it is to find the record.
- Information in this index comes from the actual record. So if the person whose certificate
you were searching for was named Robert but went by Bobby, you may need to search
by both names to find the record.
- If your search does not contain a selection for county you will get the entire state.
- If your search does not specify a month, you will get the entire year.
- If you are unsure of the spelling of a name, you might consider using a wildcard.
A wildcard is a character that may be substituted for any
of a defined subset of all possible characters. For example: A search using Deb*
as the first name would return all names that begin with Deb such as Deborah, Debra,
Debi, Debbi, Debbie and Debby.
If your initial search does not return the record you are looking for, try one of
- Use a wildcard (*) on either the first or last name
- If the person has a suffix in his name such as Jr. or Sr., do not include it
- Try one of the possible search combinations listed below
Possible combinations for searches include:
- First name, last name, county of death, month and year
- First name, last name and county of death
- Last name, county of death and year
- Last name, county of death and date range
- First few letters of the first name followed by an *, last name and year
- First few letters of last name followed by * and county of death
If after trying the various search methods listed above, you still do not find the
record, you can submit an application for the record to Vital Records to search.
Keep in mind that does not guarantee the record is on file. A no record letter may
still be issued.