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How to Obtain Delaware Death Certificates

There was no kind of vital records registration available in the state of Delaware before 1913, when the state made it mandatory to get the birth, marriages and deaths registered with state Bureau of Vital Statistics through legislation. Although many records from the bureau have been transferred to the State Archives in recent years but still the bureau is working in the name of office of vital statistics which is ensuring all the records must be collected from all over the state, from each and every county. Nowadays, the bureau had made it compulsory for the person to access to the records if he/she is able to show "a direct interest" or if he/she wants to enable himself/herself for a need to establish personal or property rights then and there. This is the reason why the copies of the vital records are not available to everyone in general. The registrar of vital statistics is working in the city of Wilmington since 1881. All the information related to vital event took place within the state of Delaware after the year 1913 is made available for the residents of the state.

Death records or death certificates (MCCD), Are a substantial part of the legal process. This significant information is vital to state and local government official. The state death record database contains information about a person's death, location, date, time, residence. Sometimes the names of the mother and father, and Even the physician who declares vital statistics and the cause of a person's death. Death records have long been used to help with ancestry, research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place.

Delaware County Death Records

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Delaware Death Record Certificates and Obituaries

Office of Vital Statistics
Division of Public Health
P.O. Box 637
Dover, DE 19903-0637

For Prior records:

Delaware State Archives
Hall of Records
Bureau of Archives and Records Management
Duke of York St. & Legislative Ave.
Dover, DE 19901
Tel: 302-674-5680 302-739-5318 Fax: 302-739-6710