Many states, including Maine, now have methods where you can request the state to search through records to find and obtain a copy of a death record. The fees are low – $10 is the search fee for the state of Maine ($15, if you want a certified copy) – and many records from the early years of the 1700s can be located. Maine was one of the early colonies of the United States, but records weren’t collected formally until 1892. Also, because of fraud and identity theft issues, the state of Maine (and other states) may not release the death record information unless you’re related to the deceased. Maine privacy laws aren’t as rigid as others, and if the record is older than 100 years, you’ll likely be able to retrieve the death record information. To request a copy of a death record, simply write a letter of request and provide pertinent information about the deceased such as name, death date, birth date, parents and where they are buried. If you’re looking for a death record earlier than a hundred years ago, you’ll also need to include copies of photo identification. Send the form, fee and appropriate copies to:
Maine Dept. of Health and Human Services
Vital Records Department
11 State House Station
244 Water St.
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: (207) 287-3707
The Maine State Archives is another place you can request a search for Maine death records if you don’t find the record from the Vital Records Department. When you send your request to either department, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the reply. Keep in mind that there are no refunds issued from the state.
A faster, easier and sometimes, more accurate method of procuring a death record from the state of Maine is to use a private, Internet search site. These sites are plentiful and the fees are reasonable and the turnaround time is usually within moments after you submit the data. Many professionals use these services to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the report. The report you receive from a valid Internet search site will be thorough and will also provide more information than you might receive from a state-based search. It’s a great way to progress on genealogy information because it might provide data that you can use to search further into the family tree. If you need the information for legal purposes, you can be assured that you’ll have a complete and accurate report that has been referenced and cross-referenced by powerful search engines and complete databases. All you have to do is enter as much information as you have about the deceased and click on the ‘Submit’ button and within minutes, you should have the report sent to your email address. Click on the link to see how an Internet search site can help you with your search through Maine death records – or any state’s vital records you may want to find.