This is a list of some collections of digitized death certificates, death records or death ledgers that can be viewed and downloaded online. Some are free, some fee-based. Note that some death certificate images at these websites may be unavailable because of errors or other reasons. And some of the databases listed here may be incomplete.
FamilySearch has Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974. However, you must be at a Family History Center or FamilySearch affiliate library to view the images of the death certificates. (free)
Arizona Death Certificates, 1870-early 1972 (free) also includes birth certificates 1855-1946
Ancestry has Arkansas Death Certificates, 1914-1969 (fee-based), which includes digitized images of the death certificates.
California (Los Angeles, San Joaquin County and Others)
California: County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 from FamilySearch (partial) (free) Coverage varies by county. Many counties are not included. Some records are not yet indexed. This database includes:
You might also find it helpful to search one of the online California death indexes listed here:
Online California Death Records and Indexes.
FamilySearch has Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961. (free)
District of Columbia
FamilySearch has District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961. You must be at a Family History Center or FamilySearch affiliate library to view the images. (free)
FamilySearch has Florida Death Records, 1877-1939 with digitized images of the death certificates. (free)
Scanned Georgia death certificates are available online for 1919-1942 (free). See: Online Georgia Death Records and Indexes
Ancestry has Hawaii Death Certificates and Indexes, 1841-1942 (fee-based). See: Hawaii, Death Certificates and Indexes, 1841-1942. Coverage varies by place.
FamilySearch has Idaho Death Certificates 1911-1937 (free), and Ancestry has Idaho Death Records, 1890-1969 (fee-based; most are for 1911-1969). See: Online Idaho Death Records and Indexes
Ancestry (fee-based) has an Indiana death index for 1899-2011, including digitized images of the death certificates. See: Online Indiana Death Records and Indexes
Ancestry has scanned Iowa death certificates for 1921-1951 (fee-based). FamilySearch has Iowa death records for 1904-1942, including digitized images (free). See: Online Iowa Death Records and Indexes
Ancestry has digitized Kentucky death certificates from 1911-1965 (fee-based) and FamilySearch has them for 1911-1967 (free). See: Online Kentucky Death Records Indexes and Obituaries
FamilySearch has Massachusetts Death Records 1841-1915 and 1921-1924 and the Massachusetts Archives Digital Repository has Massachusetts Death Certificates for the years 1916 and 1917 (and partial for 1918). (both are free)
FamilySearch has digitized Michigan death ledgers for 1867-1897 (free); Michiganology (formerly Seeking Michigan) has digitized Michigan death certificates from 1897-1943 (free); Ancestry has digitized Michigan death registers from 1867-1897, and digitized death certificates from 1897-1943 (fee-based). See: Online Michigan Death Records and Indexes
Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1971 (free) from the Missouri State Archives
Ancestry has Montana State Deaths, 1907-2016 (fee-based), which includes digitized images of the death certificates for some entries; coverage varies by county
Ancestry has Nevada Death Records from 1911-1965, with digitized copies of the death certificates (fee-based). For info, see: Online Nevada Death Records, Indexes and Obituaries
FamilySearch has New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947 with scanned images (free), and New Hampshire death certificates, 1938-1959 (free). Ancestry has scanned New Hampshire Death Certificates, 1901-1947 (fee-based). For information on these see: Online New Hampshire Death Records Indexes and Obituaries
FamilySearch (free) has scanned microfilm of New Mexico Death Certificates, 1927-1945; and New Mexico Certificate and Record of Death, 1889-1942 (with gaps). For links to these, see: Online New Mexico Death Records and Indexes
New York City
The New York City Historical Vital Records Project (1855-1949) has birth, marriage and death certificates online for free. It is currently about 75% complete. Coverage varies by borough and type of record. For more details, see: Online New York City Death Records and Indexes
As part of their collection of online genealogy records, Ancestry has scanned North Carolina death certificates from 1909-1975 available for downloading (fee-based). And FamilySearch has digitized North Carolina death records from 1906-1930 (free to download). For information on these see: Online North Carolina Death Records Indexes and Obituaries
Ancestry has North Dakota Death Certificates, 1908-2007 (fee-based). See: Online North Dakota Death Records and Indexes
FamilySearch has scanned Ohio death certificates from 1908-1953 (free), and some online digitized images of mostly pre-1908 Ohio death registers from county courthouses (free). For links to these, see: Online Ohio Death Records Indexes, Obituaries and Cemeteries
Ancestry (fee-based) has digitized Oregon death certificates from c. August 1903 to 1968. See: Online Oregon Death Records Indexes, Obituaries and Cemeteries
Ancestry has scanned Pennsylvania Death Certificates (indexed) for 1906-1967 (fee-based). For info, see: Online Pennsylvania Death Records, Indexes and Obituaries.
Rhode Island State Archives Vital Records includes digitized Rhode Island death records, 1853-1937; death indexes for 1853-1920 and 1956-1971; also has birth and marriage records and indexes for various years
As part of their collection of online genealogy records, Ancestry has digitized South Carolina death certificates from 1915-1970 (fee-based subscription required). And FamilySearch has digitized South Carolina death records from 1915-1965 (free to download). For information on these see: Online South Carolina Death Records Indexes and Obituaries
FamilySearch (free) has Tennessee Death Records, 1914-1966; and Ancestry (fee-based) has Tennessee Death Records and Certificates, 1908-1965 (except 1913). For information see: Online Tennessee Death Records and Indexes
FamilySearch (free) and Ancestry (fee-based) have scanned Texas death certificates at their websites. For information see: Online Texas Death Records and Indexes
Utah Death Certificates, 1905-1967 (free)
As part of their collection of online genealogy records, Ancestry has digitized Vermont death certificates from 1909-2008 (fee-based subscription required). For information on these see: Online Vermont Death Records Indexes and Obituaries
Ancestry has a Virginia Death Certificates Index for June 1912-2014 with online death certificate images from June 1912 to 1995 (fee-based). FamilySearch has Virginia Death Certificates for June 1912-1987 (free). For info, see: Online Virginia Death Records, Indexes and Obituaries
West Virginia Death Certificates and Records, 1853-1971 (free) coverage varies by county - also has birth and marriage records
Other States - Death Indexes
For a directory of online death indexes, including some cemetery records, obituaries, and probate records see:
Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records
Finding Birth Records and Indexes on the Internet - USA
This list was updated on 2 November 2022.
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