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 Louisiana:
Louisiana Center for Records and Statistics consists of official records of birth, death, fetal death, and Orleans Parish marriage
records. Vital statistics reporting today includes descriptions of live births, spontaneous fetal deaths, induced terminations of
pregnancy, total deaths, infant deaths, maternal deaths, marriage, and divorce.
Louisiana Center for Records and Statistics
Department of Health and Hospitals
628 N. 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
The Louisiana Secretary of State has an online search for various vital records. The database includes deaths that occurred in
Louisiana between 1911–1960. The database also contains older death records for some parishes, such as deaths that occurred in
Jefferson parish before 1911, and deaths that occurred in Orleans parish as early as 1804.
A second database includes births that occurred in Orleans Parish between 1819–1907. The database also contains birth records for
births that occurred in Orleans parish as early as 1790.
A third database has Orleans Parish marriage records from 1870–1960. Searching for marriages that took place from 1831–1869
may produce results with dates and names of spouses taken from the official marriage index, but individual marriage records for this
period do not exist in the archives.