How to Find Maryland Death Records

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''[[How to Find United States Death Records|How to Find United States Deaths]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''District of Columbia Deaths'''''<br> __NOTOC__  
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''[[How to Find United States Death Records|How to Find United States Deaths]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Maryland Deaths'''''<br> __NOTOC__  
  
In 1801, District of Columbia was created from the states of Virginia and Maryland. Statewide registration of births began in 1874.  
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*Some deaths were recorded in colonial Maryland but not many survived or were ever recorded.  
 
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*Death registration started in 1865.  
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*1875 Baltimore City began recording deaths.
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*1898 All counties in Maryland began recording deaths, although greater compliance did not happen until after 1914.
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*Birth records are restricted for 100 years to immediate family members.
  
 
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== '''Next Step: When did the death occur? '''  ==
 
== '''Next Step: When did the death occur? '''  ==
  
 
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:<span style="font-size:120%">'''Birth Records'''</span>  
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:<span style="font-size:120%">'''Death Records'''</span>  
 
:<span style="font-size:120%">Choose a time period:</span>
 
:<span style="font-size:120%">Choose a time period:</span>
  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records#Deaths_before_1855|Before 1855]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Deaths_from_1654_thru_1693|1654 thru 1693]]'''</span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records#Deaths_from_1855_thru_1873|1855 thru 1873]]''' </span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Deaths_from_1694_thru_1864|1694 thru 1864]]'''</span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records#Deaths_from_1874_thru_1959|1874 thru 1959]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Deaths_from_1865_thru_1897|1865 thru 1897]]''' </span>  
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records#Deaths_from_1960_to_present|1960 to present]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Deaths_from_1875_thru_1972.2C_Baltimore_City|1875 thru 1972 - Baltimore City]]''' </span>
:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Estimate United States Death Information|Year unknown]]'''</span>
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Deaths_from_1898_thru_1972|1898 thru 1972]]'''</span>
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Deaths_from_1973_thru_1978|1973 thru 1978]]'''</span>
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Deaths_from_1940_thru_present|1940 thru present]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Estimate United States Death Information|Death year unknown]]'''</span>
  
 
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== '''Deaths before 1855'''  ==
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== '''Deaths 1654 thru 1693'''  ==
  
*'''Before 1855, no deaths were recorded by the District'''. You must search [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|substitute records]] to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.  
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Deaths were to be recorded by the clerk of the county court. Very few records exist.
*The&nbsp;District of Columbia did not exist until 1801 with portions coming from the state of Virginia and the state of Maryland.&nbsp;Before 1801, be sure to search substitute records for [[Virginia|Virginia]] and [[Maryland|Maryland]].<br>
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::*Charles County Court 1654-1706
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::*Somerset County Court 1649-1720
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::*Talbot County Court 1657-1691
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Death Information''' &nbsp;  ====
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| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
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| [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2565 1622-1911 - use your Ancestry subscription]
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| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
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| Go to Step Two Part B listed below. You may be able to order the death record for your ancestor from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives].
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''
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| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No death record for your ancestor?'''
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| [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|Other records with death information]]
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record'''  ====
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<br> Copies Death records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives].  
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | Request a copy
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. <br> <br> Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county or city, then vital records  
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::*Select the topic Vital Records.
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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<center>[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>
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== '''Death 1694 thru 1864'''  ==
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*No government records were kept.
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*In 1694 the Clerks of the Protestant Episcopal Church were required to keep record of all deaths, regardless of the family's membership.
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*Other denominations kept their own records of deaths.
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Copies of Church death records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives] or in the Family History Library Catalog.
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog]
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Use [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|substitute records]] to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.
  
 
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:[[District of Columbia Vital Records#State_Records_of_Deaths_and_Deaths|Death Records]]  
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:[[Maryland Vital Records#State_Records_of_Death_and_Deaths|Death Records]]  
:[[District of Columbia Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]  
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:[[Maryland Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]  
:[[District of Columbia Newspapers and Obituaries|Newspapers]]
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:[[Maryland Newspapers|Newspapers]]
  
 
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:[[District of Columbia Church Records|Church Records]]  
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:[[District of Columbia Census|Census]]  
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:[[District of Columbia Military Records|Military Records]]
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:[[Maryland Military Records|Military Records]]
  
 
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<center>[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
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<center>[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
 
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== '''Deaths from 1855 thru 1873'''<br> ==
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<br> If you cannot locate your ancestor in the resources below, try searching for death information in [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records]].
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== '''Deaths from 1865 thru 1897'''  ==
  
For deaths that exist during the time period, try the following database.  
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:*1865 - Maryland law required county circuit courts to record deaths
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:*Low compliance with the law
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:*[http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death#countycircuit List of counties which kept some records during this time period]
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:*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for death information in [[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Deaths_1694_thru_1864|church records]].
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For deaths that exist during the time period, try the following databases.  
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Death Information''' &nbsp;  ====
  
 
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| width="25%" | Order the death record from the [http://doh.dc.gov/node/118222 District of Columbia Department of Health]&nbsp;($)
 
 
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*The [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/deathcert.asp District of Columbia Department of Health office] will do a 3-year search of their indexes if you do not know the exact date of death. ($)
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*Records more than 50 years old are available to anyone.<br>
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| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|1674912|Maryland, Deaths and Christenings, 1650-1995}} online at FamilySearch
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'''Free;''' name index,incomplete <br>  
  
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2565 1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]
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| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
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| [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2565 1622-1911 - use your Ancestry subscription]
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| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
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| Go to Step Two Part B listed below. You may be able to order the death record for your ancestor from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives].
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''
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| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No death record for your ancestor?'''  
 
| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No death record for your ancestor?'''  
| [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|Other records with death information.]]
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| [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|Other records with death information]]
 
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<br> If you do not want to order the death record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]].
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record'''  ====
  
'''Death Records on Microfilm''' <br>  
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<br> Copies Death records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives].
  
:Death records are available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center].
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::*Step 1: Find your ancestor in the {{FHL|748603|item|disp=FHL film 1994618-Index}}.
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | Request a copy
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee
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. <br> <br> Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.  
  
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by Maryland and the county name.
<center>[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
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::*Select the topic Vital Records.
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center.
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<center>[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
 
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== '''Deaths from 1875 thru 1972, Baltimore City'''  ==
 
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== '''Deaths 1874 thru 1959'''  ==
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==== '''Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
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<br> If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for death information in [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records]].  
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:*Limited deaths maybe found in the following databases. Try each link.
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:*If you do not find your ancestor's death or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then contact the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives]&nbsp;in Step 2.
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:*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for death information in [[How to Find Maryland death Records#Deaths_1694_thru_1864|church records]].
  
For deaths that exist during the time period, try the following database.
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Death Information'''  ====
  
 
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| width="25%" | Order the death record from the [http://doh.dc.gov/node/118222 District of Columbia Department of Health]&nbsp;($)
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| The Department of Health will do a 3-year search of their indexes if you do not know the exact date of death. ($)
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2565 1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
 
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| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
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| [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2565 1622-1911 - use your Ancestry subscription]
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| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record'''  ====
  
For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/deathcert.asp District of Columbia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search. <br>
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<br> Copies Death records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives].  
  
See [[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Death_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering death records
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'''Death Records on Microfilm''' <br>
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:Death records are available on microfilm at your local [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c= Family Search Center].
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:'''District of Columbia, Death Certificates, 1874-1931; index 1874-1949'''&nbsp;<br>
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | Request a copy
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::*Step 1: Find your ancestor in the {{FHL|748603|item|disp=Index}}.
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. <br> <br> Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.  
::*Step 2: Look up the corresponding record. {{FHL|748603|item|disp=Films}} Note: Civil War years (July 1852-1865) are missing.
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'''<br>''' <br>  
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by Maryland, Baltimore City.
<center>[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
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::*Select the topic Vital Records.
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center. <br>
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== '''Deaths from 1898 thru 1972'''  ==
  
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:*Limited deaths maybe found in the following databases. Try each link.
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:*If you do not find your ancestor's death or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then see below how to order from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives].&nbsp;:
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:*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for death information in [[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Death_1694_thru_1864|church records]].
  
== '''Deaths from 1960 to Present'''  ==
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Death Information'''  ====
  
==== '''Obtain the Certificate''' ====
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="0"
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| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|1674912|Maryland, Deaths and Christenings, 1650-1995}} online at FamilySearch
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| width="10%" | <br>
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2565 1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]
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| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
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| width="10%" | <br>
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| [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2565 1622-1911 - use your Ancestry subscription]
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| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
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| width="25%" | ''Can't access Ancestry?''
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| Go to Step Two Part B listed below. You may be able to order the death record for your ancestor from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives].
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''
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| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching online indexes]]
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No death record for your ancestor?'''
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| [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|Other records with death information]]
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'''PART A: You know the exact date of death'''  
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Record''' ====
  
With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the District of Columbia Department of Health.  
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<br> Copies Death records may be available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives].  
  
 
{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
 
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Death Records'''
 
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| width="100%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://doh.dc.gov/node/118222 From DC Dept of Health]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | You know the death date from the index
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | You do not know the death date
 
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives]
| width="50%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives]
 
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| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee.
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | Request a copy
| Death records less than 50 years old may only be ordered by immediate family members.
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee
 
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See [[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Death_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering death records
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If you do not want to order the death record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]]. '''<br>''' <br>  
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:*You may also order certificates since 1940 from the death county. &nbsp;[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Deaths_from_1940_thru_present|See below]].<br> <br> Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)] to see what is available.
  
'''PART B: You don't know the exact date of death'''
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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by Maryland and the county name.
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::*Select the topic Vital Records.
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::*For a small fee, [https://familysearch.org/films/ order the microfilm] to view at a local Family Search Center. <br>
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<center>[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>
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If you do not know the exact date or place of death:<br> For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/deathcert.asp District of Columbia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search of their indexes.&nbsp;<br>
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See [[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Death_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering death records
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== '''Deaths from 1940 thru present'''  ==
  
If you do not want to order the death record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]].'''<br>''' <br>  
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'''Locating a death record'''
<center>[[How to Find District of Columbia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]<br> </center>  
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<br> <br>  
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Death Certificates'''
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/county.html County of Death]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://dhmh.maryland.gov/vsa/SitePages/death.aspx From MD Dept of Health and Hygiene]
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Cons'''
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| May be more expensive and faster than ordering from the state
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| County websites can be more difficult to use
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| Offers a search of the state index
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| May be less expensive than ordering from the county
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|}
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*After locating the county website, search for the Department of Health and Administrative or Vital Records.
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*Baltimore City deaths are combined with county records after 1972.&nbsp;
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*The [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death#state Maryland State Archives] has indexes and death records up to 1978, but they are restricted.&nbsp;
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*See [[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Restrictions_for_Obtaining_Death_Records|list of restrictions]] for ordering death records
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If you do not want to order the death record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]]. '''<br>''' <br>  
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<center>[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
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:*Surviving spouse.
:*The children of the person on the certificate<br>
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:*Someone with documented legal custody of the person on the certificate.
:*Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
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::'''NOTE:''' A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the death.
::'''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.
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If you do not want to order the death record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]].  
 
If you do not want to order the death record, you can search [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]].  
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How to Find United States Deaths Gotoarrow.png Maryland Deaths

  • Some deaths were recorded in colonial Maryland but not many survived or were ever recorded.
  • Death registration started in 1865.
  • 1875 Baltimore City began recording deaths.
  • 1898 All counties in Maryland began recording deaths, although greater compliance did not happen until after 1914.
  • Birth records are restricted for 100 years to immediate family members.

Next Step: When did the death occur?

Death Records
Choose a time period:

Learn more about U.S. Death Records

Deaths 1654 thru 1693

Deaths were to be recorded by the clerk of the county court. Very few records exist.

  • Charles County Court 1654-1706
  • Somerset County Court 1649-1720
  • Talbot County Court 1657-1691

STEP ONE: Find Death Information  

Maryland Death Index Only
Try: 1st
Maryland, Deaths and Christenings, 1650-1995 online at FamilySearch

Free; name index,incomplete

Try 2nd:
Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:

1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1622-1911 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
Can't access Ancestry? Go to Step Two Part B listed below. You may be able to order the death record for your ancestor from the Maryland State Archives.
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 Record


Copies Death records may be available from the Maryland State Archives.

To Order Death Records
You know the death date from the index You do not know the death date
Maryland State Archives Maryland State Archives
Request a copy The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee

.

Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by county or city, then vital records
  • Select the topic Vital Records.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
Return to top: Choose another death year


Death 1694 thru 1864

  • No government records were kept.
  • In 1694 the Clerks of the Protestant Episcopal Church were required to keep record of all deaths, regardless of the family's membership.
  • Other denominations kept their own records of deaths.

Copies of Church death records may be available from the Maryland State Archives or in the Family History Library Catalog.

Church Death Records
Maryland State Archives Family History Library Catalog
The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee Search for the town where the church was located


Use substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

Records that give death information:
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Church Records
Census
Military Records
Return to top: Choose another death year



Deaths from 1865 thru 1897

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

STEP ONE: Find Death Information  

Maryland Death Index Only
Try: 1st
Maryland, Deaths and Christenings, 1650-1995 online at FamilySearch

Free; name index,incomplete

Try 2nd:
Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:

1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1622-1911 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
Can't access Ancestry? Go to Step Two Part B listed below. You may be able to order the death record for your ancestor from the Maryland State Archives.
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 Record


Copies Death records may be available from the Maryland State Archives.

To Order Death Records
You know the death date from the index You do not know the death date
Maryland State Archives Maryland State Archives
Request a copy The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee

.

Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by Maryland and the county name.
  • Select the topic Vital Records.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
Return to top: Choose another death year


Deaths from 1875 thru 1972, Baltimore City

  • Limited deaths maybe found in the following databases. Try each link.
  • If you do not find your ancestor's death or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then contact the Maryland State Archives in Step 2.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for death information in church records.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

Maryland Death Index Only
Try: 1st
Maryland, Deaths and Christenings, 1650-1995 online at FamilySearch

Free; name index,incomplete

Try 2nd:
Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:

1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1622-1911 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
Can't access Ancestry? Go to Step Two Part B listed below. You may be able to order the death record for your ancestor from the Maryland State Archives.
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 Record


Copies Death records may be available from the Maryland State Archives.

To Order Death Records
You know the death date from the index You do not know the death date
Maryland State Archives Maryland State Archives
Request a copy The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee

.

Some records may also be available at your local FamilySearch Center. Use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by Maryland, Baltimore City.
  • Select the topic Vital Records.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
Return to top: Choose another death year


Deaths from 1898 thru 1972

  • Limited deaths maybe found in the following databases. Try each link.
  • If you do not find your ancestor's death or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then see below how to order from the Maryland State Archives. :
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for death information in church records.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

Maryland Death Index Only
Try: 1st
Maryland, Deaths and Christenings, 1650-1995 online at FamilySearch

Free; name index,incomplete

Try 2nd:
Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:

1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1622-1911 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library
Can't access Ancestry? Go to Step Two Part B listed below. You may be able to order the death record for your ancestor from the Maryland State Archives.
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 Record


Copies Death records may be available from the Maryland State Archives.

To Order Death Records
You know the death date from the index You do not know the death date
Maryland State Archives Maryland State Archives
Request a copy The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee


  • Search the FHLC by Maryland and the county name.
  • Select the topic Vital Records.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
Return to top: Choose another death year


Deaths from 1940 thru present

Locating a death record

You can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations if you are the person on the certificate, a parent, legal guardian or surviving spouse:

To Order Death Certificates
County of Death From MD Dept of Health and Hygiene
Cons Cons Pros Pros
May be more expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index May be less expensive than ordering from the county
  • After locating the county website, search for the Department of Health and Administrative or Vital Records.
  • Baltimore City deaths are combined with county records after 1972. 
  • The Maryland State Archives has indexes and death records up to 1978, but they are restricted. 
  • See list of restrictions for ordering death records

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

Return to top: Choose another death year


Restrictions for Obtaining Death Records

Restrictions for persons born within the last 100 years:
To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those born within the last 100 years from the government agency, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parents of the person on the certificate.
  • Surviving spouse.
  • Someone with documented legal custody of the person on the certificate.
NOTE: A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the death.

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


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