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''[[How to Find United States Death Records|How to Find United States Deaths]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Connecticut Deaths'''''<br> __NOTOC__  
 
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In 1863, West Virginia was created from the state of Virginia. Statewide registration of deaths began in 1917 in West Virginia and was generally complied with by 1925. The counties have copies of these records.  
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Death records in Connecticut were kept by the towns from the beginning of each town starting as early as the 1600s. Statewide registration of deaths began in 1897 in Connecticut and was generally complied with by 1915. The towns continue to record deaths.  
  
 
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== '''Next Step: When did the death occur? '''  ==
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=== '''Next Step: When did the death occur? '''  ===
  
 
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:<span style="font-size:120%">'''Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's death record:'''</span><br>
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Connecticut Death Records#Deaths_before_1853|Deaths before 1853]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Connecticut Death Records#Deaths_from_1853_thru_1916|Deaths from 1853 thru 1916]]''' </span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Connecticut Death Records#Deaths_from_1917_thru_1970|Deaths from 1917 thru 1970]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Estimate United States Death Information|I don't know when the death is]]'''</span>
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Connecticut Death Records#Deaths_before_1897|Deaths before 1897]]'''</span>  
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:*<span style="font-size:120%">'''[[How to Find Connecticut Death Records#Deaths_from_1897_to_the_Present|Deaths from 1897 to the present]]''' </span>  
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== '''Deaths before 1853'''  ==
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=== '''Deaths before 1897'''  ===
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The state of Connecticut started keeping death records in 1897. Before that time, town clerks kept death records, and they continue to keep the records. The clerks recorded the deaths in town records and/or in land records.&nbsp;
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==== Step 1 - Check indexes  ====
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Most online resources for Connecticut Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index, consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.<br>
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*[http://dunhamwilcox.net/0_ct-index.htm Barbour Collection] by Jane Devlin, hosted by Rootsweb - Free (see also the Wiki article [[Barbour Collection|Barbour Collection]])<br>
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=31 Connecticut Collections] on [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] - Free. This is a growing database.<br>
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/connecticut/index.html Online Connecticut Death Indexes and Records] - Free<br>
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Connecticut Connecticut Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]- Free. Arranged by town. Several cemetery lists, but only a few death lists are currently in the database.
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Two film indexes are:
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*'''Bowman Collection.''' This is a card index to Connecticut birth, marriage, and death notices in Massachusetts newspapers, 1800 to 1900. {{FHL|19994|item|disp=FHL films 002884-885}}. <br>
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*'''Index to the Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, Vols 1-8.'''This is an index at the Connecticut State Library and is on microfilm at the Family History Library. {{FHL|38508|title-id|disp=FHL film 002886}}. It indexes the names found in the ''Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin''. {{FHL|851191|title-id|disp=FHL book 974.6 H25c}}.
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==== Step 2 - Check original records  ====
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In Connecticut, the following types of records often have death information:<br>
  
Before 1853, no deaths were recorded by the county or state. You must search [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|substitute records]] to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.  
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*Land records<br>
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*Town records<br>
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Most of the land and town records have been filmed and are available through the FamilySearch site at family history centers, the Connecticut State Library, and the Family History Library. <br>
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To find the film numbers: <br>
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#Go to the [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog] <br>
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#Do a Place Search for the name of the town. <br>
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#On the list of record types for the town, click '''Land and Property''', '''Vital Records''', or '''Town Records '''for a list of the available records. <br>
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#Click titles with the town clerk&nbsp;as the author . Though the original records were usually made by town clerk, sometimes the records were made by a court or&nbsp;the registrar of vital statistics.
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==== Step 3 - Check other types of records  ====
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You can also search [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|substitute records]] to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.  
  
 
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<center>[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>
 
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== '''Deaths from 1853 thru 1916'''  ==
 
 
In 1863, West Virginia was created from the state of Virginia. In 1853, Virginia law required counties to record deaths, although records are incomplete. <br>
 
 
If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below try searching for death information in [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records]]. <br>
 
 
For deaths that exist during the time period, try the following databases. Try each link.
 
 
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| width="65%" | '''Free;''' dates vary by county and some only go to 1962; [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx list of county coverage (right side of the screen)]
 
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| {{RecordSearch|1417434|1853-1970 - At FamilySearch.org}}
 
| '''Free;''' dates vary by county and some only go to 1962; [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx list of county coverage (right side of the screen)]; click on "view partner website" to see a copy of the image
 
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2568 1853-1973 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]
 
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| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the index?'''
 
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching indexes]]
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No death record for your ancestor?'''
 
| [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|Other records with death information]]
 
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<center>[[How to Find Connecticut Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
 
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== '''Deaths from 1917 thru 1970'''  ==
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=== '''Deaths from 1897 to the Present'''  ===
  
The state of West Virginia began recording deaths in January 1917.
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==== State Records  ====
  
==== '''STEP ONE: Find Death Information'''  ====
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State registration of vital statistics began in 1897 and was generally complied with by 1915. For copies of state records, you can contact:  
  
For deaths that exist during this time period, try the following databases. Try each link.  
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[http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=388130 Department of Public Health]<br>Vital Records Section<br>410 Capitol Avenue, 1st Floor<br>Hartford, CT 06134 <br>Telephone: 860-509-7700<br>
  
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Mailing Address:<br>CT Department of Public Health State Office of Vital Records <br>410 Capitol Ave. MS#11VRS <br>P.O. Box 340308 <br>Hartford, CT 06134-0308 <br>
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| width="65%" | '''Free;''' dates vary by county and some only go to 1962; [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx list of county coverage (right side of the screen)]
 
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| {{RecordSearch|1417434|1853-1970 - At FamilySearch.org}}
 
| '''Free;''' dates vary by county and some only go to 1962; [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_dcsearch.aspx list of county coverage (right side of the screen)]; click on "view partner website" to see a copy of the image
 
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2568 1853-1973 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]
 
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
 
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| [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2568 1853-1973 - use your Ancestry subscription]
 
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
 
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| Go to Step Two listed below and order a search for your ancestor from the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp West Virginia Department of Health State Office].
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the index?'''
 
| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching indexes]]
 
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''No death record for your ancestor?'''
 
| [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|Other records with death information]]
 
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
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Their [http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=388130 Website] gives complete information for ordering births, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link to the town Web sites for information in ordering town vital records.
  
If the image was not included in the index entry above, you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:  
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To find current fees, any restrictions, and where to write, see:<br>
  
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*CDC.gov, [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/connecticut.htm Where to Write for Vital Records, Connecticut] has information for births, deaths, marriages, and adoptions.<br>
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Death Certificates'''
 
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp From WV Dept. of Health State office]
 
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use
 
| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
 
| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
 
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'''If you do not know the exact date or place of death:'''<br> For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp West Virginia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search (click on the death certificates tab).<br>  
 
 
 
'''''Restrictions for persons who died within the last 50 years:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:
 
  
:*The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
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*[http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRec.com] ($). Select a state to see the fees for birth, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link for divorces and adoptions.
:*The spouse of the person on the certificate
 
:*The child or grandchild of the person on the certificate
 
:*The sibling of the person on the certificate
 
:*Funeral director
 
:*Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
 
::'''NOTE:''' A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.
 
  
'''If you do not want to order the death record, there are [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]] you can search.<br>'''
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==== Town Death Records ====
<center>[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>
 
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Towns have kept death records from the beginning of each town and continue to keep these records.&nbsp; The towns send copies of the records to the state Department of Public Health (see above). People can also access the records at the town halls.
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== '''Deaths after 1970'''  ==
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See the [http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3132&q=388128 Town Vital Records Directory] for the address, phone number, and link for each town clerk.  
 
 
With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:
 
 
 
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp From WV Dept. of Health State office]
 
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
 
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| width="25%" align="center" | '''Pros'''
 
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state
 
| County websites can be more difficult to use
 
| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
 
| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
 
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'''If you do not know the exact date or place of death:'''<br> For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp West Virginia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search (click on the death certificates tab).<br>
 
 
 
'''''Restrictions for persons born who died within the last 50 years:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:
 
 
 
:*The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
 
:*The spouse of the person on the certificate
 
:*The child or grandchild of the person on the certificate
 
:*The sibling of the person on the certificate
 
:*Funeral director
 
:*Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
 
::'''NOTE:''' A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.
 
 
 
'''If you do not want to order the death record, there are [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]] you can search.<br>'''
 
<center>[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>
 
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=== Related Wiki Articles  ===
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==== Related Wiki Articles  ====
  
 
:*[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to Find United States Birth Records]]  
 
:*[[How to Find United States Birth Records|How to Find United States Birth Records]]  
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:*[[United States Marriage Records|United States Marriage Records]]
  
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How to Find United States Deaths Gotoarrow.png Connecticut Deaths


Death records in Connecticut were kept by the towns from the beginning of each town starting as early as the 1600s. Statewide registration of deaths began in 1897 in Connecticut and was generally complied with by 1915. The towns continue to record deaths.

Next Step: When did the death occur?

Death Records



Choose a time period:

Learn more about U.S. Death Records


Deaths before 1897

The state of Connecticut started keeping death records in 1897. Before that time, town clerks kept death records, and they continue to keep the records. The clerks recorded the deaths in town records and/or in land records. 

Step 1 - Check indexes

Most online resources for Connecticut Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index, consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Two film indexes are:

  • Bowman Collection. This is a card index to Connecticut birth, marriage, and death notices in Massachusetts newspapers, 1800 to 1900. FHL films 002884-885.
  • Index to the Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, Vols 1-8.This is an index at the Connecticut State Library and is on microfilm at the Family History Library. FHL film 002886. It indexes the names found in the Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin. FHL book 974.6 H25c.

Step 2 - Check original records

In Connecticut, the following types of records often have death information:

  • Land records
  • Town records

Most of the land and town records have been filmed and are available through the FamilySearch site at family history centers, the Connecticut State Library, and the Family History Library.

To find the film numbers:

  1. Go to the Family History Library Catalog
  2. Do a Place Search for the name of the town.
  3. On the list of record types for the town, click Land and Property, Vital Records, or Town Records for a list of the available records.
  4. Click titles with the town clerk as the author . Though the original records were usually made by town clerk, sometimes the records were made by a court or the registrar of vital statistics.

Step 3 - Check other types of records

You can also search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
Return to top: Choose another death year



Deaths from 1897 to the Present

State Records

State registration of vital statistics began in 1897 and was generally complied with by 1915. For copies of state records, you can contact:

Department of Public Health
Vital Records Section
410 Capitol Avenue, 1st Floor
Hartford, CT 06134
Telephone: 860-509-7700

Mailing Address:
CT Department of Public Health State Office of Vital Records
410 Capitol Ave. MS#11VRS
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308

Their Website gives complete information for ordering births, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link to the town Web sites for information in ordering town vital records.

To find current fees, any restrictions, and where to write, see:

  • VitalRec.com ($). Select a state to see the fees for birth, marriages, and deaths. There is also a link for divorces and adoptions.

Town Death Records

Towns have kept death records from the beginning of each town and continue to keep these records.  The towns send copies of the records to the state Department of Public Health (see above). People can also access the records at the town halls.

See the Town Vital Records Directory for the address, phone number, and link for each town clerk.

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