Georgia Death Records

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The death certificate issued to a deceased person’s family in Georgia is an official record of their death. It’s a document that states the name, date of birth, date of death, and the cause and location of a person’s death, and there are many reasons you might find you need a copy at some point in your life. Many people require Georgia death records for estate issues, life insurance benefits, and even pension benefits. It might also be required if you are a widow who would like to remarry and apply for a marriage license in the state. Not all death records are currently held at the State of Georgia Department of Public Health. Only records from 1919 are on hand. If you’d like an older record, it might help to check with the local clerk of courts in the county where you the death occurred.

Who May Obtain Georgia Death Records?

Not just anyone can obtain certified copies of Georgia death records in the state. There is a limit to who may request this information. Only those who are directly related to the person who is deceased or their legal representatives may access this information. Georgia law enforcement officers who are working on a case and require specific information may access this information if they have reasonable cause. Anyone who just wants to view a death record for other reasons may not be able to access the information they find necessary in Georgia.

When you try to obtain a copy of a death certificate, you will be asked for identification and proof you are the legal representation or a direct family member of the deceased. If you cannot prove this is true, you will not be provided a copy of anyone’s death record. There are many places you can go to obtain a copy of a death certificate, but they’re most commonly obtained at the State Office of Vital Records or any relevant County office location in Georgia.

How Do I Obtain a Certified Georgia Death Record?

To obtain a death certificate, you need specific information.

– Your name
– Photo identification
– The fee charged by your location
– The name of the deceased
– The date of birth and death of the deceased
– Your contact information
– The location of the death

If you choose to obtain a copy of Georgia death records in a local vital records office, you’ll need to choose the one in the county where the death occurred. Only the state office carries all the records from every county in the state. There is a walk-in service available for this information, but not all offices have the ability to retrieve records on the same day if you come into the offices late.

You may also fill out the online form and mail it to the state office. The process is much longer when you go this route, but you will still receive a copy of a death certificate if you fill out the information and mail it in. The fee differs in each Georgia county, so you’ll want to check on that prior to requesting a copy of someone’s death record.

If you have any questions regarding death records in Georgia, you’ll need to contact the state department of health or the local department of health for more information. The online site offers plenty of information regarding frequently asked questions, and there is always someone available to take your questions in person to help you find the answers you need when dealing with such a touchy and difficult subject.

Georgia Death Records

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  1. I hav just learned that my brother Douglas Alan Davis, born in Jacksonville, FL, 5/23/57, died in Roswell, GA in Aug 2014. I do not know how he died. Please, our mom, Patricia P Harris is 85 yrs of age & not well. I’d like to be able to tell her what happened to her son, my brother. I’m happy to provide whatever necessary information is needed. You may contact me at 863-529-2765. Sincerely, Muffett Ann Ripley, Sister of Douglas Alan Davis.

    1. Muffet,

      We understand your concern and would like help. Our death record resources will only have the Georgia record of death which is the date and address of the deceased. To obtain all the information you’re looking for ( ie. cause of death, etc. ) you should contact the Georgia Department of Health. Since you’re immediate family you’ll be able to obtain a certified Georgia death certificate copy for $25.

    1. We assist you with a Georgia death record search however if this is a military record it will be sealed and not public record. You will want to contact Archives.gov or the Department of Defense to inquire about more information on how to find out about your friend.

  2. I’m just trying to find out if a friend of mine in the army that was deployed to south Africa had passed away for sure in April of 2017 that was from atlanta georgia. That’s all I want to know if it was a yes or no. I don’t need any family info or residence info.

  3. Hi, I am doing family research. My rear grandfather passed away in Waycross, GA, likely in the late 30s. Would I be able to get his death certificate?

    1. In order to obtain a copy of your grandfather’s Georgia death certificate, since it’s an older death record, you will need to contact either the Georgia Department of Public Health, which is the managing state agency for vital records, including Georgia death records. Another option is to contact the Georgia state archives since this death record is almost 90 years old and may not be available through the Department of Public Health.

  4. I am seeking information for my husband who is 74 years of age. We know his father and grandfather\’s name. But we have no information on his great grandfathers name. He passed away in 1978 in Walker County Georgia. Would the parents name possibly be on his death certificate? Thank you for any assistance or advice.

  5. I am wanting to know if it is possible to order a death record for genealogical purposes only, for my Great Great Grandfather, Edward Holmes Yates, who passed away Nov. 14th, 1914 in Savannah, GA. My father is still alive and could send a notarized letter stating he is the oldest known living descendant, along with copies of his proof of relationship and proof of ID. We are trying to prove who Edward\’s parents were for an application to Daughter\’s of the American Revolution. Is this a record that would be available, and if so, would it be permissible to obtain it? If yes, how do we go about obtaining a copy of the death record?

    Sincerely,
    L.M.C.

    1. Thank you for reaching out about our Georgia death records. Unfortunately we do not have Georgia death records that go that far back. Our Georgia death record database goes back about 50 years. There are a couple other options for the death information you’re looking for. The first choice you might want to consider to lookup Georgia death records, is the Georgia Department of Public Health

      How to Search Old Georgia Death Records

      1. Contact the Georgia Department of Public Health
      2. Visit the Georgia State Archives website
      3. Visit the National Archives – Vital Records website
      4. Visit 3rd party Genealogy websites

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Last Updated: December 16, 2017

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