Death records contain more than just the date of death. Important information about relatives can also be uncovered searching these
When searching vital records, you will likely look at birth record and marriage records. You may think that death records contain
little information about a person except for date of death. Death records will provide you with important information about a person.
Here’s some of the information you can find in death records:
- The birthplace of the person. You may not have known that your grandfather was born overseas until you
looked at his death record. Sometimes a county coroner will not check other county vital records to verify the deceased’s birth
place and will assume that the person was born in the town they died. Most of the time a family member or relative will be able to
give someone the correct date of birth to be included on death records.
- The name of the deceased person’s parents.
- Date of birth. Some people lie about their age, however death records must be as accurate as possible
and even if a person lied to everyone, the death record will reveal the truth.
- Cause of death.
- Where they died. If you are searching through very old county vital records, knowing where someone died is
important. Death records are normally filed where a person died.
Searching through county vital records is not always easy. If you don’t know where someone died, you may have to call or
visit many agencies and counties to find death records. This can be time consuming and expensive. Online record search
companies compile this information in one place. You can search for death records from California to Florida.
These searches can be relatively inexpensive. You don’t have to leave your home to find the death records you need and how to obtain a copy.
Local Information for the State of Georgia:
Georgia State Office of Vital Records provides accurate records concerning vital events to Georgians. The state vital records
office maintains birth and death records from 1919 to the present. Marriage applications and licenses from 1952 to 1996 are also on file.
No divorce records are on file at the state office, however, an index of divorce events from 1952 to the present is available.
Some counties may have older birth, death, marriage, or divorce records in their files, but county files only contain records of
events that occurred in that county.
State of Georgia Department of Public Health
2600 Skyland Drive
Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
Georgia Archives preserves the state's most valuable historical documents.
Georgia Secretary of State
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260