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Few subjects are as profoundly disturbing as death. Beliefs about what comes after death vary widely but some things are certain: in death we are separated from worldly existence—from family, from job, from community and country. Where once somebody stood, they are no longer. This separation carries emotional, social…and legal repercussions. Because of these effects, societies and governments find it necessary and practical to make a demise a matter of public record. Estates, inheritances, insurance and taxation are but a few realms affected by death. Evidence that expiration is confirmed, therefore, becomes all the more essential. In the state of New Jersey it is no different. New Jersey death records can be obtained a few different ways.

How to Obtain a New Jersey Death Certificate

While there are a number of ways to verify a person’s death, perhaps the most authoritative source is a death certificate issued by the New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics and Registry. This document can be requested directly by mail or in person, but is most often obtained through the vital statistics registrar of the municipality where the deceased lived or passed away. Requests can be made by a parent, guardian, spouse (or civil union partner), child, sibling or grandchild of the departed. Of course, documentary evidence of the relationship—as well as positive identification— must be presented when making the request.

New Jersey Death Records Information

The New Jersey death certificate contains comprehensive information regarding the identity of the deceased, and the cause and manner of death. Among the components are full name; age at time of death; date of birth; and marital status (including surviving spouse’s name). Other relevant information includes the funeral facility with the place and method of disposition, e.g. cremation. Highest educational attainment, last employer and race/ethnic designations are evidenced by this document, as are place, cause, manner, and pronunciation of death. Both the funeral director and the attending physician are signatories to a New Jersey death certificate, which requires a raised municipal seal to make it official.

Certified copies of the New Jersey death records can be purchased from the New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics and Registry for $25.00. Additional copies cost $2.00 for each. The state authorizes VitalCheck to process online requests, a convenient alternative if time is of the essence.

Other Types of New Jersey Death Records

While the death certificate may be the most definitive proof of passing, not all parties demand that level of authenticity. A death notice or obituary, for example, may suffice in some instances since newspapers require funeral home confirmation before publishing. Most of the larger New Jersey daily papers now have significant online presence, complete with obituaries dating back to at least the last few years (some much longer). Additionally, many funeral homes themselves operate searchable websites where inquirers can research past memorial services.

Searching death records can be a depressing, even morbid, undertaking. In a densely populated state like New Jersey, the task can seem daunting. However, the combination of local government processing and 21st century research technology makes it all a little easier.

New Jersey Death Records

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  1. Hello my name is Jacob Im doing some research on a death that supposedly happened on Carranza RD in the year 1976 on the fourth of july. i only know two names Joanne, and jonathan supposedly jonathan died a year later. I am hoping to get some information on it. could someone help me find a lead on this.

    1. Contact the New Jersey department of health and vital statistics as they are the managing state agency that archives and indexes death records. You can visit their website or visit their office in person and inquire about this death record.

      How To Lookup a New Jersey Death Record

      Visit the New Jersey Department of Vital Statistics in person. New Jersey prohibits the release of death records in

    1. In order to view the specifics of a New Jersey death record you will want to view the death certificate. You can contact the New Jersey Department of Health and inquire about a Time Of Death for the person you mentioned.

      Find the Time of Death from a Death Record

      1. Contact the State Department of Health
      2. Fill out a Form for a Death Certificate search
      3. Provide Your Full Name & Proof of ID
      4. Pay The Fee for a Copy of the Death Certificate
      5. View Death Record & Time of Death

  2. Hello, I live in NH and trying to locate family members who lived in Hickstown, Blackwood NJ area.

    Lena Watson Archie born approximately 1914-1916 who died Feb 22nd 1968 her husband name was Pearl/Peare Archie or Hicks died I believe 1983 .Her mother name was Sadie Collins Watson/ Hicks

    1. We do not have any New Jersey death records for the family members you mentioned. Your best option is to contact the New Jersey Department of Health. You can request copies of New Jersey death records and New Jersey Genealogical Records online.

      Obtaining New Jersey Genealogy Records

      1. Visit the New Jersey Department of Health website
      2. Select “Get a Copy of Genealogy Records”
      3. Enter the full name of the person in question
      4. Enter the year of the event
      5. Provide proof of identification
      6. Pay the fee for a copy of the genealogy record

      New Jersey Vital Records Office

      Phone: 609-292-6260

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Last Updated: December 16, 2017

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