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Death Records- How Useful Are They?

Dec 16, 2007
Death records are maintained as public records by the vital records department and are available for use of the general public if they wish to view them. The availability of these records has been made in the United States from 1919.

When a person dies, the physician attending to him/ her will initiate the process of creating a death record and sign it to make it official. The death record contains vital information on the person who is deceased and contains details such as the name, date of birth, date when death occurred, and the location where the person died. It also many a times specifies where the person is buried and gives information regarding the person who gave details of the death having occurred.

It is usually the funeral director who provides details about the death and helps the vital records department in creating the death record. The death record can also be created electronically and many governmental agencies promote this to prevent unnecessary extra documentation.

Use of Death Records

As a death record is a certified document, it can be used for any legal matters arising after the death of the person. It helps in acting as a proof that the person is no more and can be used for verification of the death.

The death records can be used in circumstances where it is required, for example, in proving death when needed in settling legal disputes such as property matters, money matters in regard to the person, etc.

These records also serve the purpose of providing proof that the person has expired when matters such as insurance settlements, mortgage issues, etc needs to be settled. It also prevents the possibilities of identity theft where a person can take up the name and other important details of the person deceased such as social security number, driver's license, etc.

Another important use of death records, which has become quite frequent ever since data has become digitized, is the use of these records to perform a genealogical search. Along with other vital records such as birth records, marriage and divorce records, these records provide vital information about the person that can help a person determine his lineage and get more information on his ancestors. It can also help the person know and create their family tree dating back to many generations.

These death records can be accessed by the general public by visiting and requesting the information from the vital records department or by obtaining access through an online website that provides such services.
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