Death Certificate Search.

Online Application To Obtain Certified or Transcribed Death Records: 1926 -   2016.


Certified death records are official, legal documents and obtained through the Massachusetts State Registry of Vital Statistics in Boston. Each record is a duplicate of the original and embossed with an official raised Massachusetts state seal.

Certified death records are valid for most legal and or official purposes including but not limited to, providing proof of death for life insurance claims, probate court heir filings and social security death and or pension/retirement benefits.

The charge for locating, obtaining and shipping a Massachusetts certified death certificate is $45 [US]. Quantity discounts apply for duplicates of the same record ordered at the same time.

If you do not need a death certificate for official or legal reasons, you can request a transcribed record. The charge for locating, transcribing and emailing a death record is $20 [US]. 

A transcribed record is not an official or legal document. However, it is an excellent alternative for such purposes as genealogy research or for background investigations. All information recorded on the original record is hand copied by one of our researchers. Information is then transcribed into a "plain text" PDF file format. It is only delivered as an email attachment. 

Request a certified record, if you can't accept email attachments or need the record (s) for any legal or official purpose.

If a specific death date (month, day and year) is unknown, searches include a one time search for up to a ten year period, i.e., 1961 - 1970. 

Record searches are only completed on location and in person by the research staff at No death record searches are undertaken until we receive both this order form and your payment.

Checks and or money orders are accepted for payment. Payment instructions are sent via your web browser immediately following placement of your order. We do not send an additional email message. Once your payment is received, normal delivery time is 10 - 14 business days. For an additional fee of $45, faster delivery service is available.

Online Form Instructions: Provide as much background information on the individual as possible. The more accurate and detailed the information supplied, the more successful our search at the Massachusetts State Registry of Vital Statistics. Please include nicknames and alternate spellings of given and or surnames. You will receive a confirmation within a few seconds of submitting your order via your web browser. Please save that confirmation and follow instructions for further processing and sending payment. We do not send a separate email verification. Thank you! 


First Name

Middle Name or Initial
Last Name [At Death]

First Name

Last Name [At Birth]

First Name

Maiden Name [At Birth]





Enter the specific year of death between 1926 - 2016 or, if unknown, up to a 10 year span, i. e. 1961 - 1970. Death records prior to 1926 are not available through this web site.



Enter a city or town of death in Massachusetts.

PLEASE NOTE! Certified records are stamped with a raised, embossed state seal and valid for all legal purposes, including but not limited to, providing proof of death for life insurance claims, probate court heir filings, real estate sales and social security death and or pension/retirement benefits.

A transcribed record, or abstract, is not an official or legal document
Transcribed records are used primarily in genealogical research, medical studies, background investigations or for general information.



Certified records are not and can not (legally) be sent as email attachments. We only deliver certified records by first class or expedited shipping methods.

ALL transcribed records are sent as email attachments. Unfortunately, we do not provide an expedited service for transcribed records.



Your Name [First and Last]


Company [If Applicable]


Street or PO Box Address

Suite or Apartment Number 

City / Town

State / Province



ZIP / Postal Code

Email Address [REQUIRED]


Daytime U. S. Telephone

If we have questions about your order.  

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