As a general rule we will need the following for the death certificates in most states and territories of the United States:
- Date of Birth
- Date of death
- Approximate time of death
- Family Doctor’s name and address, or the address of the medical examiner in some cases.
- Name of spouse if the deceased was married
- Name of informant or person giving the information for the death certificate
- Name of both parents, in the case of mother the maiden name is usually required
- If the person who died was a Veteran or a Peace Officer during their lifetime.
- If the deceased was Hispanic, we will need the nationality, [Mexican American, Salvadoran or Columbian for example].
- The Social Security Number of the deceased
- Deceased’s birthplace
- Some states also ask for the birthplace of both parents
- There may be other information asked by individual states
Please note that in most cases the death certificates are official records but the records are closed to the general public for a period of time, usually 25 to 50 years. You cannot just go to the local health department and get a copy of a person’s death certificate without some reason or relationship to the deceased. This is to protect private information and keep that private information just that, private.
Burial Vaults: In the case of burial vaults, we will need the name of the cemetery, the phone number of the cemetery. If you do not know the number of the cemetery, we will find the number on the internet. We also need the time, date and location of the funeral service, [church, chapel or graveside]. We will obtain a local price for a vault and call you back with the exact cost of that vault, and any related expenses relative to the delivery and installation of the burial vault. [The reason we do this by phone is that the price of burial vaults, burial containers, urn vaults and urn burial containers vary from region to region in the United States].
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