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The keeping of death records has been required by the state of Delaware since 1913, at which time the Office of Vital Statistics was created. Law states that Delaware death records older than 40 years are open to the public. Once a record is old enough to become public it is transferred from the Office of Vital Statistics to the Delaware Public Archives. Some deaths were recorded as early as 1855.

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Deaths Before 1881

Records prior to 1881 may be found at the Delaware Public Archives. There is an online search for the death registers located at the Archives.

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1815-1955 Delaware, Deaths and Burials Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center This is an incomplete database which includes county records as well as church records.
1855-1961 Delaware, Death Records Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center This is an incomplete database which includes county records as well as church records.
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1811-1933, Delaware Death Records at Ancestry.com Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center
1811-1933, Delaware Death Records at Ancestry.com $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
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No death record for your ancestor? Other records with Death information

substitute records which can be searched when there is an absence of death records.

  Records that give death information:
Bible Records
Cemetery Records
Church Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
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Deaths 1881 - Present

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1815-1955 Delaware, Deaths and Burials Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center This is an incomplete database which includes county records as well as church records.
1855-1961 Delaware, Death Records Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center This is an incomplete database which includes county records as well as church records.
Next try:
Ancestry database: Includes Index and Digital Image

Choose one of the following:

1811-1933, Delaware Death Records at Ancestry.com Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center
1811-1933, Delaware Death Records at Ancestry.com $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free.
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No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below try searching for death information in other records.

Requesting a Death Certificate

The Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics has death records for the most recent 40 years. For deaths recorded over forty years ago, contact the Delaware Public Archives.

To order a death certificate for an individual who died in the last 40 years contact one of the below listed facilities:

Jesse S. Cooper Building
417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-4549

Chopin Building
258 Chapman Rd.
Newark, DE 19702
Phone: (302) 283-7130

Thurman Adams State Service Center
546 S. Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone: (302) 856-5495

To request a death record for an individual who died more than 40 years ago contact the Delaware Archives.

Delaware Public Archives
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North
Dover, DE 19901

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