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Statewide registration of deaths began in 1848, and some earlier records have been extracted from other sources. Records before 1911 are kept at the New Jersey State Archives. From 1912 to the present, death records are kept at the New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics. Records from 1848 to the present are also kept by the Local Registrars for individual counties; however, many pre-1910 records have not survived.

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Deaths before 1848

Statewide registration of deaths began in 1848, and some earlier records have been extracted from other sources.

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

New Jersey Deaths Databases - Includes Index Only

Try 1st:


1720-1988 - At FamilySearch.org Free; name index to death and burial records from the state of New Jersey.
Try 2nd:

Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:


1798-1971 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1798-1971 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library



Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information
  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
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Deaths from 1848 thru 1911

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

New Jersey Deaths Databases - Index Only

Try 1st:


1720-1988 - At FamilySearch.org Free; name index to death and burial records from the state of New Jersey.
Try 2nd:

Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:


1798-1971 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1798-1971 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
New Jersey State Archives


May 1848 - December 1900 at New Jersey State Archives $; If date of death is not known, a search may be requested.




June 1878 - June1890 at New Jersey State Archives Free index; deaths recorded by New Jersey Dept. of Health. $ to order copies.



Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

Records from 1848 to the present are also kept by the Local Registrars for individual counties; however, many pre-1910 records have not survived.


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Deaths from 1912 to the present

Death records from 1912 to the present are kept at the New Jersey State Office of Vital Statistics. Records from 1848 to the present are also kept by the Local Registrars for individual counties; however, many pre-1910 records have not survived. Informational copies of death records for genealogical purposes are available for deaths that occurred more than 40 years ago. In order to request a copy of a record for a death that occurred less than 40 years ago, you must provide proof of relationship. 

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

New Jersey Deaths Databases - Index Only

Try 1st:


1720-1988 - At FamilySearch.org Free; name index to death and burial records from the state of New Jersey.
Try 2nd:

Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:


1798-1971 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center




1798-1971 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
Social Security Death Index (SSDI)


1937 to present at Genealogy Bank Free; most current version; few records before 1962; gives place where the last benefit was sent

Can't find your ancestor in the online index?

Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the exact date of death

To Order Death Certificates
From County of Death From NJ 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 want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.

PART B: You don't know the exact date of death

If you do not know the exact date or place of death:
For a fee, the New Jersey Department of Health office will conduct a search.

Individual counties will also search their records for deaths that occurred in their municipality.

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

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