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Statewide registration of deaths began in 1909 in Missouri. Counties have copies of these records.

Next Step: When did the death occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's death record:

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Deaths before 1883

Before 1883, no deaths were recorded by the county or state. Exceptions being the cities of St. Louis (beginning in 1850) and Kansas City (beginning in 1874). In most cases, you must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
Missouri Deaths Databases - Includes Index Only
Try 1st:
Pre-1910 - At Missouri Digital Heritage Free; dates vary by county
Try 2nd:
Choose one of the following:

1834-1910 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center. Includes cities of St. Louis and Kansas City

1834-1910 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free. Includes cities of St. Louis and Kansas City
Next try:
1867-1976 - At FamilySearch.org Free; dates vary by county; incomplete; list of county coverage
Can't search the index listed above? Try searching other records for death information.
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information
Return to top: Choose another death year


Deaths from 1883 thru 1909

In 1883, Missouri law required counties to record deaths, although records are incomplete. The practice continued for ten years and stopped in 1893. Deaths were not recorded for most places in Missouri between 1893 and 1909.

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

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Church Records
Census
Bible Records

For deaths that exist during the time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Missouri Deaths Databases - Includes Index Only
Try 1st:
Pre-1910 - At Missouri Digital Heritage Free; dates vary by county
Try 2nd:
Choose one of the following:

1834-1910 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center. Includes cities of St. Louis and Kansas City

1834-1910 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free. Includes cities of St. Louis and Kansas City
Next try:
1867-1976 - At FamilySearch.org Free; dates vary by county; incomplete; list of county coverage
Can't search the index listed above? Try searching other records for death information.
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information
Return to top: Choose another death year


Deaths from 1909 thru the present

The state of Missouri began recording deaths in 1909.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

For deaths that exist during this time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Missouri Deaths Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images

Try 1st:


1910-1962 - At Missouri Digital Heritage Free
Next try:

Includes Index Only

1867-1976 - At FamilySearch.org Free; dates vary by county; incomplete; list of county coverage
Choose one of the following:


1873-1976 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1873-1976 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free




Can't search the index listed above? Go to Step Two listed below and order a search for your ancestor from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services State Office.
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

If the image was not included in the index entry above, you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Death Certificates
From County of Death From MO Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

If you do not know the exact date or place of death:
For a fee, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services State office will do a 5-year search.

Restrictions for persons who died within the last 50 years:
To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:

  • The guardian of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.

If you do not want to order the death record, there are other records with death information you can search.

Return to top: Choose another death year



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