14 August, 2012

Vital Records

Records from the U.S. and around the world have been indexed by volunteers and are available here. Many listings also include digital images!

Transcribing of the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales records is carried out by teams of dedicated volunteers and contains index information for the period 1837-1983.

Missouri Birth & Death Records Database, Pre-1910.

An abstract of the birth, stillbirth, and death records recorded before 1909 and that are available on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives.

Death records created after 1910 and over 50 years old, available online through a searchable index that links to a digitized image of the original death certificate.

States are listed first in this resource, followed by a general section. Also includes some links to divorce listings.

A directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records. You can also find information here about searching the Social Security Death Index online.

Name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962. Ancestry.com provides another version of the SSDI.

Links provided for users who want direct access to individual state and territory information.


  1. This is really true, most vital records are available here. Thanks Kathleen for providing this vital place. All individual records are very essential.

  2. Thanks for your comment. The site is designed to be a beginning point for researchers, not a definitive listing. I'm glad you felt our choices were sound.