Mississippi death records may be obtained by mail after filling out an application form and mailing it, along with a $15 fee (money order or personal check payable to the Mississippi Vital Records Department). You’ll need to be an immediate family member of the deceased if the death took place fewer than fifty years ago. Mississippi privacy laws state that you must be a parent, spouse, sibling, child, grandchild or grandparent to receive the record unless it’s over fifty years old. You’ll also have to provide copies of photo identification, state your relationship to the deceased and any information about the deceased such as full name, place and date of death and social security number if you know it. Keep in mind that you may wait longer than three weeks to receive a response because of the overload of states’ clerks that are authorized to find the information. Send the form and all the necessary data to:
Mississippi State Dept. of Health
Public Health Statistics
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215
Phone: (601) 576-7981
Be sure to complete all of the fields on the form to ensure a more accurate and up-to-date search. No refund will be issued even if the record isn’t found. Vital records have been recorded in Mississippi since the year, 1912, but if you need a record that occurred between 1912 and 1925 know that the record may be incomplete.
Another source of data found on death records is to use an Internet search site. These sites have become popular since data has become available to be accessed on the Internet and many professionals who use the services constantly maintain monthly memberships. Genealogists and legal professionals are just two of the professions that enjoy the fast and accurate information that they can receive from the online sites. Quality information, sent in a timely way from these sites has taken some of the burden off of the state departments, which are short-staffed as it is. States don’t maintain the powerful search engines and far-reaching databases that Internet sites do, and by using an online site, you may receive much more vital information about the death record. Professionals who need vital records also appreciate the anonymity when searching for records and the fact they don’t have to prove who they are or comply with all of the rules and regulations involved when requesting them from the state. Death records can contain a plethora of information about a person in your family tree and help lead you to others that can make it possible for you to search even further back. Internet search services tend to provide much more details about information on the death records than the states, so you’ll have more data to go by. Click on the link to find out more about how Internet search sites can help you find Mississippi death records.