Death Records and Genealogy Information

Death records are official documents which list information about a deceased person, such as their full name, occupation, the date, place and cause of their passing and even the name of the attending physician.

These documents have long been used to help with research in genealogy, because the information is recorded by an eyewitness at the time of expiration. The internet has allowed people to store these items into various online archives, making things much easier for genealogy researchers.

To obtain certified legal copies of death records, you usually need to be a parent, grandparent, legal guardian, spouse or domestic partner, child, grandchild, sibling, lawyer or any person with a court order for the document, or a lawyer representing the deceased's estate. Law enforcement officers and/or government agents are able to obtain copies for official matters.

For all others, "informational" copies of the document may be available. These will only contain just the pertinent data and can't be used as a legal document.

To the right of this page is an assortment of resources which contain information pertaining to Westmoreland County and the Northern Neck region, as well as vital statistics for Virginia.

Death records for the Commonwealth of Virginia can be obtained by contacting:
Virginia Department of Health, 
Office of Vital Records
James Madison Building 

P.O. Box 1000 

Richmond, VA 23218-1000 

phone: 804-786-6228 or 804-786-6201

You can mail in your request with a check for $12.00 and they will send you the requested document.

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