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How to Obtain Virginia Death Certificates

There was no statewide registration of the vital events (death, marriage and birth) in Virginia till the time came when the act was mandated in the state asking the town offices for the registration of births, deaths, and marriages in 1896. However before the introduction of the mandatory law in the year 1896, it was the responsibility of the town or county clerks to gather and maintain the data of the vital events (birth, death and marriage) for their own comfort. During the days of the civil war, the town offices did not gave the equal importance to the registration of the vital events and they actually abandoned or minimize the practice of registering the vital events like births, deaths and marriages at the time where they were in the state of civil war. This was the time phase between 1896 to 1912, and this was also the phase when the state of Virginia made the registration of the vital events mandatory for the citizens of the state. However, the marriages records are usually found among the county levels of records, and are often published by them from time to time 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.

Virginia County Death Records

Accomack County
Albemarle County
Alleghany County
Amelia County
Amherst County
Appomattox County
Arlington County
Augusta County
Bath County
Bedford County
Bland County
Botetourt County
Brunswick County
Buchanan County
Buckingham County
Campbell County
Caroline County
Carroll County
Charles City County
Charlotte County
Chesterfield County
Clarke County
Craig County
Culpeper County
Cumberland County
Dickenson County
Dinwiddie County
Essex County
Fairfax County
Fauquier County
Floyd County
Fluvanna County
Franklin County
Frederick County
Giles County
Gloucester County
Goochland County
Grayson County
Greene County
Greensville County
Halifax County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Henry County
Highland County
Isle of Wight County
James City County
King and Queen County
King George County
King William County
Lancaster County
Lee County
Loudoun County
Louisa County
Lunenburg County
Madison County
Mathews County
Mecklenburg County
Middlesex County
Montgomery County
Nelson County
New Kent County
Northampton County
Northumberland County
Nottoway County
Orange County
Page County
Patrick County
Pittsylvania County
Powhatan County
Prince Edward County
Prince George County
Prince William County
Pulaski County
Rappahannock County
Richmond County
Roanoke County
Rockbridge County
Rockingham County
Russell County
Scott County
Shenandoah County
Smyth County
Southampton County
Spotsylvania County
Stafford County
Surry County
Sussex County
Tazewell County
Warren County
Washington County
Westmoreland County
Wise County
Wythe County
York County
City of Alexandria
City of Bedford
City of Bristol
City of Buena Vista
City of Charlottesville
City of Chesapeake
City of Colonial Heights
City of Covington
City of Danville
City of Emporia
City of Fairfax
City of Falls Church
City of Franklin
City of Fredericksburg
City of Galax
City of Hampton
City of Harrisonburg
City of Hopewell
City of Lexington
City of Lynchburg
City of Manassas
City of Manassas Park
City of Martinsville
City of Newport News
City of Norfolk
City of Norton
City of Petersburg
City of Poquoson
City of Portsmouth
City of Radford
City of Richmond
City of Roanoke
City of Salem
City of Staunton
City of Suffolk
City of Virginia Beach
City of Waynesboro
City of Williamsburg
City of Winchester

 

Virginia Death Record Certificates and Obituaries

Virginia Department of Health
Office of Vital Records
James Madison Building
P.O. Box 1000
Richmond, VA 23208
Tel: 804-786-6228 or 804-786-6201