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How to Obtain North Carolina Death Certificates

North Carolina began statewide registration of births and deaths in March, 1913. Before that time, the records of the state were incomplete and no one was ready to work on this major issue. The state had no role in keeping the records of all counties due to which there was no official facts and figures for the state available at that time. However, it is not common to find an entire family recorded as a family group before 1913. The compliance on part of the administration was considered full by 1920 when the counties came up with the right and complete records. The marriage records are the records which were started getting registered within the Register of Deeds in each county after 1868 but there was no kind of registering them with the state office. Prior to that time marriages could be solemnized by numerous authorities, so records were sporadically kept and there was no maintenance of those records officially. Marriage bonds are available for about half of the counties, and some marriages records are found in almost every county so there is no problem of getting the marriages records from the counties and in the general terms, the State.

In order to access prior data (before the year 1913), you can write to the clerk of the county in question who is responsible for the issuance of the certificates and collection of and maintenance of the older vital statistics records with himself.

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.

North Carolina County Death Records

Alamance County
Alexander County
Alleghany County
Anson County
Ashe County
Avery County
Beaufort County
Bertie County
Bladen County
Brunswick County
Buncombe County
Burke County
Cabarrus County
Caldwell County
Camden County
Carteret County
Caswell County
Catawba County
Chatham County
Cherokee County
Chowan County
Clay County
Cleveland County
Columbus County
Craven County
Cumberland County
Currituck County
Dare County
Davidson County
Davie County
Duplin County
Durham County
Edgecombe County
Forsyth County
Franklin County
Gaston County
Gates County
Graham County
Granville County
Greene County
Guilford County
Halifax County
Harnett County
Haywood County
Henderson County
Hertford County
Hoke County
Hyde County
Iredell County
Jackson County
Johnston County
Jones County
Lee County
Lenoir County
Lincoln County
McDowell County
Macon County
Madison County
Martin County
Mecklenburg County
Mitchell County
Montgomery County
Moore County
Nash County
New Hanover County
Northampton County
Onslow County
Orange County
Pamlico County
Pasquotank County
Pender County
Perquimans County
Person County
Pitt County
Polk County
Randolph County
Richmond County
Robeson County
Rockingham County
Rowan County
Rutherford County
Sampson County
Scotland County
Stanly County
Stokes County
Surry County
Swain County
Transylvania County
Tyrrell County
Union County
Vance County
Wake County
Warren County
Washington County
Watauga County
Wayne County
Wilkes County
Wilson County
Yadkin County
Yancey County

 

North Carolina Death Record Certificates and Obituaries

North Carolina Dept. Of Environment
Health and Natural Resources
Vital Records Section
225 North McDowell Street
P.O. Box 29537
Raleigh, NC 27626-0537