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US Vital Records Begin Dates for Deaths by State

Here's a table with the US vital records begin dates for civil registrations for deaths by state. It can help you determine where to look.

Before that time, there may be other resources available for these vital records, but you have to contact each state to find out the details.

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State Death Records
Alabama 1908
Alaska 1913
Arizona 1909
Arkansas 1914
California 1905
Colorado 1907
Connecticut 1897
Delaware - note 1 1881
District of Columbia 1874
Florida 1899
Georgia 1919
Hawaii 1859
Idaho 1911
Illinois 1916
Indiana 1899
Iowa 1880
Kansas 1911
Kentucky 1911
Louisiana 1914
Maine 1892
Maryland 1898
Massachusetts 1841
Michigan 1867
Minnesota 1908
Mississippi 1912
Missouri 1910
Montana 1907
Nebraska 1905
Nevada 1911
New Hampshire 1901
New Jersey 1848
New Mexico 1920
New York 1880
North Carolina 1913
North Dakota 1907
Ohio 1908
Oklahoma 1908
Oregon 1903
Pennsylvania 1906
Rhode Island 1853
South Carolina 1915
South Dakota 1905
Tennessee - note 2 1908
Texas 1903
Utah 1905
Vermont 1955
Virginia 1912
Washington 1907
West Virginia 1917
Wisconsin 1907
Wyoming 1909
Notes
1. Delaware births and deaths stopped in 1863, and began again in 1881.
2. There are no Tennessee statewide birth or death records for 1913.

Be prepared to search beyond these dates if necessary. Just because you did not find your ancestor in this US vital records begin dates search, doesn't mean they are not out there.

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