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Genealogy: Vital Records

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Donald Odell Virdin

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Sources for Vital Records

 

Vital Records include birth, marriages, death, and divorce. Records are sealed for a designated time period to insure the privacy of the individuals. Many records are sealed for 72 years.

In Delaware, most historical vital records are kept at the Delaware Public Archives.

Death Records

Where and When Did your Ancestor Die?

Death Certificates

Copies you obtain may be "informational" (research) or “certified.” Who is entitled to request a death certificate varies by state.

Death Registers

Often kept by towns and counties, prior to mandatory reporting.

Mortality Schedules (U.S. Census)

Taken in years: 1850-1880. Every 10 years, at the time when the Census was conducted. Note: they only cover the 12 months preceding the Census. Information: name of person, county and state where died. Age, sex, month of death, state of birth, cause of death, occupation. Note: not all states and years have been digitized.

Obituaries and Death Notices; Newspaper Articles

Newspapers. (Sometimes a death is a feature story and there may not be an obituary.)

Social Security Death Index

Created from Social Security Administration records. It is a file of persons with Social Security numbers whose deaths have been reported to the Social Security Administration.

Funeral, Memorial, and Prayer Cards

Not an official death record, but these often have date of death, date of burial and service, names of relatives and other helpful information.

Searching Death Certificates and Other Death Records

Bible Records

Subject Guide

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Rebecca Knight
Contact:
Associate librarian
Reference and Instructional Services Department
Morris Library, Room 117H
(302) 831-1730


Subjects: U.S. Government Information,
Delaware, census, family studies, RefWorks, APA style, and genealogy.


Education:
B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.

Specialized Delaware Resources

Delaware Vital Records (current)

Vital Records include birth, marriages, death, and divorce. Records are sealed for a designated time period to insure the privacy of the individuals. Many records are sealed for 72 years.

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