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A death certificate can provide vital information for your family research.  Birth and death records have been filed with the state since 190. Marriage records have been filed since 1906 divorce records since 1925 and fetal death records since 1919.

Eligibility to Order Death Records

Eldora Roberts Mast USNAVY Oregon Newspaper ObituaryAccess to death marriage divorce and Oregon registered domestic partnership records filed in the State Vital Records office is restricted for 50 years after the date of the event. During the first 50 years the following persons May order: family members and their legal representatives persons or organizations with a personal or property right government agencies and persons licensed in Oregon under ORS 70.430.  Also refer to  ORS 43.121 to determine specific eligibility.

Commemorative Certificates of Stillbirth are available for stillbirths occurring after January 1 1999 to the biological parents of the stillborn child. A fetal death certificate must be on file before a certificate of stillbirth can be issued.

Options for Ordering Death Certificates

If you are attempting to order a death certificate and the deceased has been gone less than 50 years then you have no option you must order directly from the State of Oregon.   In some states you can get them from the county.  This is not the case in Oregon.   As an option I can still obtain the Death Certificate for you if the deceased passed away in the last 50 years.  My cost is $59.95.   This fee will cover my leg work and an analysis of the data:  I provide a written line by line report to help you with your research…for example THE INFORMANT can be the key…I will tell you who this person is.  Its true some are obvious a spouse a son or daughter etc.  But others: Huckleberry Finn…May not be.   Huck May be a sisters husbands cousins husbands adopted son…and he May lead us to the burial place of your ancestor or land records etc.

What will you pay? Depending on how you order it you May pay as high as $38.45.  (State of Oregon Vital Statistics) There is no way around this.

If it has been over 50 years since the person died then you have two options.

  1. Order directly from the State of Oregon.  Paying as high as $38.45.
  2. Order online from VitalChek.   Cost: $20-$25.00 depending on if you need the Short or Long Form.  Use the short form if you know the exact date of death.  The following fees are also required: Agency Expedite Fee: $5.50 and a VitalChek Processing Fee: $11.00.  A $20.00 copy will cost you $36.50.   Long form if you do not know the exact date of death and they will search back 10 years.  Expect 3 to 6 weeks for a copy to be mailed to you.
  3. Order from Airrington Genealogy Only $7.99.  Note: if you need a certified copy (to show legal identity to settle an estate etc.  you will need to order a certified copy from the State of Oregon.  Make SURE what you are ordering is a CERTIFIED copy if that is what you need.

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Unless I am researching an adoption (in which case I get both a birth and death certificate…and other documents to find identify and confirm the subject)…I prefer a death certificate over a birth certificate.

Here are a few things you will find on a death certificate:

  • Age at Death
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Death
  • Certificate Number or page number
  • City County and State of Death
  • Name of Deceased
  • Name of Father
  • Place of  Birth
  • Name of Mother
  • Place of Birth
  • Name of Spouse
  • Place of Death
  • Gender
  • Cause of Death
  • Place of Burial
  • Informant (can be a brother a sister a spouse etc.) – It will give you another name to research.  DO NOT OVERLOOK THE INFORMANT ̵; this person May be the clue you need to unlock a 10 year old mystery.  I have worked cases where…every document every piece of correspondence was W.E. Smith.  Because this individual was over a century old I could just walk to town and ask someone.    Ask them what?  WHAT IN THE BLAZES IS W.E.?  This mystery was sure to one that goes unsolved.   Until I researched a cousin of W.E. Smith.  Guess who the informant was?  Mr. William Edward Smith!  Suddenly everything fell into place…and with that information firmly withing the clenches of my first…I was now able to find the burial records of W.E.!  His death certificate simply stated the city county and state.  Since he was buried in a private cemetery (I didnt even know this or we would have just walked it.)  THE INFORMANT!  The informant can be very informative.    I have also found female spouses this way.

Caution ̵; The information found on my beloved DEATH CERTIFICATES is only as good as your informant.  I have had some put the mother in law for the mother and all kinds of craziness.   However it is all well worth it and even if one piece is wrong another piece will be correct and we can then begin to track down and fix it.

All of these have varying levels of importance when it comes to your research.  Some of them you May just want to have to complete your story on an individual ancestor.  Some records are free or near free to find.  In which case we May respond to your request and tell you where to get them or we May get them and tell you no charge.  Others May be more difficult and time consuming.  This category will require a small deposit to begin the research.   Once we locate your document if there is any additional money owed or a refund we will let you know.  Before you make your request it is always best to contact us first.   Especially in such a broad category as this.

order information: Death Certificate:  $7.99   Death Certificate + Obituary Search: $1.99 Death Certificate + Property Search (Includes free map): $17.99 Death Certificate = Obituary Search + Property Search $20.00

Soon…I will have a complete index of all the obituaries that we have available.  Simply search or browse and then order your death certificate.

Please fill out this form and then return to this page to make payment.

Death Certificate Options

Discounts for multiple orders: Order four or more of any of our Record Lookups within a 24 hour time and our staff will deduct 15% from the records cost. Records already marked as On Sale are not eligible for the discount but will count towards your minimum of four records.

Shipping and Handling Charges: Shipping will only be charged for items that are mailed. Charges are based on domestic addresses. Orders to international addresses will be charged any additional shipping charges.

Please Note: You can contribute to the thoroughness and success of this search by providing as much information as possible about your ancestor and his or her relatives. Sometimes the form will ask for more information than you are able to provide. If thats the case simply leave the space blank. Record searchers must have some parameters to perform a search. At a minimum you must estimate dates and places of events. Although it takes more time than filling in this form you might want to send a pedigree chart family group record or other details or instructions that might help get the best results. Its more convenient and faster to send additional information by e-mail. Many customers prefer to save time by sending GEDCOM files containing information pertinent to a search as attachments to their e-mail messages.

Record searchers are not responsible for nor can they guarantee the presence or absence of an ancestors name in any record. When employing a professional record searcher you are paying for the time involved in performing the search not the results. By providing accurate detailed information you will help record searchers distinguish your ancestor from others with the same name.


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