State Death Records
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
A death certificate is an official document that says when a person was born, when they died, how they died and usually the location of the death. It is usually issued in the deceased's county or on at the state government level.
Death records are one of the most important vital records. They can be used to collect health insurance, to show outstanding creditors that someone has passed away or to properly execute someone's will.
Not only are death records & certificates an integral part of a person's estate which indicates the county of their final resting place but, they are considered a vital record and everyone who passes away should legally have one.
Whenever someone passes away, their death goes on record. The CDC can then use this information to find statistics and patterns. Mortality data is kept on all deaths that occur within the US, though deaths of American citizens abroad are not included.
Each state collects its own data for the CDC. With the exception of a few years, there is one record for each death. These are placed into a file that looks at the various causes of death for a given area. This information is then made available on ASCII CD-ROM and printed reports.
This information allows the CDC to watch for trends. Increases and decreases in the different causes of death can influence community program, funding for health programs, types of treatments that are used, drugs that are available on the market, and more. Researchers can use this information to help determine if medications or treatments are helping to prevent certain causes of death or to look at which causes of death are on the rise and need more immediate attention.