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How to Obtain Rhode Island Death Certificates

Rhode Island had no prior system of official registration of vital records before the year 1853. It can be said that the procedure of registering vital events taking place within the state began in the mid eighteenth century when the state introduced the vital events registration law in the year 1853. Before the year 1853, the data was not collected by the state and it was on the prudent mind of the town or county clerk who was maintaining the records on his own for his county welfare and record keeping purposes. After 1853 when the legislation was made, the town officers were asked to send the copies of the records of the vital events occurred in their home county to the Rhode Island Division of Vital Statistics. There is quite some data prior to 1894 available in the state archive. Town offices are still the main custodian of the original records in the clerk's office. For prior records (before 1853) of vital events of the Rhode Island, you can write to the clerk of the county in question with the reason why you want to access the data or information as well.

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.

Rhode Island County Death Records

Bristol County
Kent County
Newport County
Providence County
Washington County


Rhode Island Death Record Certificates and Obituaries

State of Rhode Island
Dept. of Health, Division of Vital Records
Cannon Building
Room 101
75 Davis Street
Providence, RI 02908