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Researching the Missouri Death Certificate Database and How to obtain a copy of a Missouri Death Certificate

Of great interest to the genealogy researcher is the Missouri Secretary of State website which maintains a searchable website where you can search thru all Missouri death certificates that are over fifty years old (currently, this is all Missouri death certificates issued between 1910 and 1964). A search feature allows for entry of the persons name, year of death, and county.  You may leave any of the search boxes empty for a broad search such as when the year of death or the county is not known.  You do not even have to list a first name to conduct a search. After entering the desired search terms, all death certificates that match will be displayed in a list.  You may then select a specific death certificate when can be viewed in digital form online.  You can also download the copy of the death certificate to your computer for future reference.  Best of all, the website is free to research.  To conduct a search and view a 1910 to 1964 Missouri death certificate, visit the following website (the search box is near the bottom of the page):

http://s1.sos.mo.gov/records/archives/archivesdb/deathcertificates/

Missouri death certificates have been required state wide since 1910 and are maintained on record by the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau of Vital Records.  Printed copies of death certificates from 1910 to the present can be obtained from the department.  There is a fee to obtain a copy of the death certificate from the Bureau of Vital Records. The same state agency also maintains records of births beginning with 1910, and marriage and divorce records starting with 1948.  For further information in obtaining a printed Missouri death certificate (plus birth, marriage, and divorce records) visit the following website:

http://www.dhss.mo.gov/BirthAndDeathRecords/

In addition there are about 185,000 records of births and deaths from 87 Missouri counties from before 1910.  These are generally records that were collected within some counties before the state of Missouri began requiring the collection of the data in 1910.  These records can be researched on the following web page (the search box is near the bottom of the page):

http://s1.sos.mo.gov/records/archives/archivesdb/birthdeath/

To obtain a death certificate for another state, click here:

 How to obtain a Death Certificate from other states

        

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