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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*1865 - Some counties began Death registrations.  
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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.<br>
  
 
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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_1694|1654 thru 1694]]'''</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_1695_thru_1864|1695 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_1951|1898 thru 1951]]'''</span>
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Deaths_from_1952_thru_2001|1952 thru 2001]]'''</span>
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Deaths_from_2002_thru_present|2002 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 1694'''  ==
  
*'''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 following county 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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<br> <br> Copies of exisiting death records are available from the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives].
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:[[District of Columbia Vital Records#State_Records_of_Deaths_and_Deaths|Death Records]]  
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:[[District of Columbia Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]
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:[[District of Columbia Newspapers and Obituaries|Newspapers]]
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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.
:[[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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::*Search the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search FHLC] by county, then vital records.
<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 1855 thru 1873'''<br> ==
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== '''Deaths 1695 thru 1864'''  ==
  
<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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*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.
  
For deaths that exist during the time period, try the following database.  
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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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*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="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee
| [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|Other records with death information.]]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | Search for the county or town where the church was located
 
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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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'''Death Records on Microfilm''' <br>
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Use [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|substitute records]] to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.
  
: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, Interments, 1855-1874'''&nbsp;<br>
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::*Step 1: Find your ancestor in the {{FHL|748603|item|disp=FHL film 1994618-Index}}.
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:[[Maryland Vital Records#State_Records_of_Death_and_Deaths|Death Records]]
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:[[Maryland Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]
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:[[Maryland Newspapers|Newspapers]]
  
'''<br>''' <br>
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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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:[[Maryland Church Records|Church Records]]
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:[[Maryland Census|Census]]
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:[[Maryland Military Records|Military Records]]
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== '''Deaths from 1865 thru 1897'''  ==
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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#ccc 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_1695_thru_1864|church records]].
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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=deathbirth Maryland State Archives Order]
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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.
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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 1874 thru 1959'''  ==
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==== '''Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
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== '''Deaths from 1875 thru 1972, Baltimore City'''  ==
  
<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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:*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_1695_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%" | [http://www.mdvitalrec.net/cfm/dsp_search.cfm Baltimore City Death Index 1875-1972] online at [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives]
 
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'''Free;''' Online death index and images.
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'''Free;''' name index <br>  
 
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*Search the index.
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*Click "View Image" to see the original record.
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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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*Records more than 50 years old are available to anyone.  
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2566 1622-1911 - use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
*See restrictions for deaths less than 50 years old.
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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=2566 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" | '''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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==== '''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" | [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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<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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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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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 1898 thru 1951'''  ==
  
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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:*Deaths maybe found in the following database.
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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].
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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_1695_thru_1864|church records]].
  
'''Death Records on Microfilm''' <br>
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==== '''Find Death Information and View Images''' ====
  
: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=Index}}.
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::*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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== '''Deaths from 1952 thru 2001'''  ==
 
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== '''Deaths from 1960 to Present'''  ==
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==== '''Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
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'''PART A: You know the exact date of death'''
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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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:*No online records exist for this time period. You may request for the [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=death Maryland State Archives] to perform a search for the death certificate. <br>
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:*Baltimore City death records were combined with state death records beginning in 1972. For Baltimore City deaths before 1972 see the wiki page section [[How to Find Maryland Death Records#Deaths from 1875 thru 1972, Baltimore City|Baltimore Deaths 1875-1972]].
  
 
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=birth Maryland State Archives]
 
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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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<center>[[How to Find Maryland Birth Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_birth_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another birth year]]</center>  
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'''PART B: You don't know the exact date of death'''
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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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== '''Deaths from 2002 thru present'''  ==
  
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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'''Locating a death record'''
  
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 can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygeine.
<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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'''''Restrictions for persons born within the last 100 years:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those born within the last 100 years from the government agency, you must be:  
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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.
  • 1865 - Some counties began Death registrations.
  • 1875 - Baltimore City began recording deaths.
  • 1898 - All counties in Maryland began recording deaths, although greater compliance did not happen until after 1914.

Next Step: When did the death occur?

Death Records
Choose a time period:

Learn more about U.S. Death Records

Deaths 1654 thru 1694

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

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



Copies of exisiting death records are available from the Maryland State Archives.

To Order Death Records
Maryland State Archives Order
Request a copy. The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee.

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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, then vital records.
  • Select the topic Vital Records.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
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Deaths 1695 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 Order Family History Library Catalog
The archives will search for one name in one index, and provide one document for their fee Search for the county or 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
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Deaths from 1865 thru 1897


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

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

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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

  • 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
Baltimore City Death Index 1875-1972 online at Maryland State Archives

Free; name index

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

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Deaths from 1898 thru 1951

  • Deaths maybe found in the following database.
  • 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.

Find Death Information and View Images

Maryland Death Index and Images
Maryland Death Index 1898-1951 online at Maryland State Archives

Free; name index and images

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


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Deaths from 1952 thru 2001

  • No online records exist for this time period. You may request for the Maryland State Archives to perform a search for the death certificate.
  • Baltimore City death records were combined with state death records beginning in 1972. For Baltimore City deaths before 1972 see the wiki page section Baltimore Deaths 1875-1972.
To Order Death Records
You know the birth date  You do not know the birth 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
No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with death information


Return to top: Choose another birth year


Deaths from 2002 thru present

Locating a death record

You can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygeine.

To Order Death Certificates
From MD Dept of Health and Hygiene

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

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Restrictions for Obtaining Death Records

Restrictions for deaths within the last 20 years:
To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those born within the last 20 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 20 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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