"There is no such thing as a restricted death record in Massachusetts. All death records, including the specific cause(s) of death and place of cremation or burial, are public records and open to inspection to anyone."
How do I get a copy of a Massachusetts death record?
It's quite simple actually.
If you need the certificate for any official purpose, such as providing proof of death for life insurance claims, probate court estate filings, social security death benefit payments or for pension and retirement benefits, you most likely will need a state certified death certificate.
Some of the larger cities, such as Worcester and Boston, have online death order forms on their websites, but many of the smaller towns, such as Granby, still only accept mail in or walk in applications.
The biggest plus of city/town certificates - they are generally less expensive than state certified copies. The biggest minus - they can take longer to obtain and are obviously less offical appearing than state copies.
Most importantly, they are not acceptable by some state agencies, especially if you live in Colorado or California or if you live outside of the country.
What if I just want to get death records for genealogical purposes?
If you don't even need a certified town or city copy, and just want the information for a family history project, we also offer transcribed death records for genealogical purposes.
These are not certified, are sent by email as PDF's, and are available at a reasonable fee of $20 each.
Transcriptions are recorded directly from the state death certificates at the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics in Boston. All genealogical related information is recorded and checked and rechecked, for both spelling and accuracy.