When States Began Death Registration
9/28/2009

  • Alabama: 1908
  • Alaska: 1913
  • Arizona: 1909
  • Arkansas: 1914
  • California: 1905
  • Colorado: 1907
  • Connecticut: 1897
  • Delaware: 1881
  • District of Columbia: 1855
  • Florida: 1899
  • Georgia: 1919
  • Hawaii: 1896
  • Idaho: 1911
  • Illinois: 1916
  • Indiana: 1900
  • Iowa: 1880
  • Kansas: 1911
  • Kentucky: 1911
  • Louisiana: 1914
  • Maine: 1892
  • Maryland: 1898
  • Massachusetts: 1841
  • Michigan: 1867
  • Minnesota: 1900
  • Mississippi: 1912
  • Missouri: 1910
  • Montana: 1907
  • Nebraska: 1905
  • Nevada: 1911
  • New Hampshire: 1905
  • New Jersey: 1848
  • New Mexico: 1919
  • New York: 1880
  • North Carolina: 1913
  • North Dakota: 1908
  • Ohio: 1909
  • Oklahoma: 1908
  • Oregon: 1903
  • Pennsylvania: 1906
  • Rhode Island: 1852
  • South Carolina: 1915
  • South Dakota: 1905
  • Tennessee: 1914
  • Texas: 1903
  • Utah: 1905
  • Vermont: 1857
  • Virginia: 1912
  • Washington: 1907
  • West Virginia: 1917
  • Wisconsin: 1907
  • Wyoming: 1909

Death-Record References

  • Your Guide to Cemetery Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack (Betterway Books, $19.99)

  • "Nineteenth-Century Death Records: How Dependable Are They?" by William B. Saxbe Jr., National Genealogical Society Quarterly 87 (March 1999)

  • "Read Between the Lines: Interpreting Modern Death Records" and "What Killed Aunt Rhody? Interpreting Old Death Records" lectures by William B. Saxbe Jr., $8.50 each from www.audiotapes.com
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