[APG Public List] Delaware Death Certificate

DonnDevine at aol.com DonnDevine at aol.com
Fri Jul 16 00:27:25 MDT 2010

Janice, restrictions apply only to certificates less than 40 years old,  
obtained from Delaware Vital Statistics. Records earlier than that are public  
records, obtainable from Delaware Public Archives. 
For restricted records, a copy of a record showing the applicant is the  
parent, child or direct descendant of the deceased is needed. Regulations have 
 not yet been adopted on issuing certificates for genealogical use, and it 
isn't  clear whether other relatives of the deceased will be permitted to  
obtain copies, or whether applications from unrelated genealogists are 
accepted.  The same requirements apply to both mail and in-person requests, and 
costs are  the same at both agencies.
Donn Devine
Wilmington DE
In a message dated 7/16/2010 12:05:36 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
apgpubliclist-request at apgen.org writes:

In the  course of some current client research, I find myself in need
of a death  certificate from Delaware.  The application for a death
certificate  states that for a genealogy request proof is required.
For the options  listed on the form, a genealogy request is the only
one that is  appropriate.  Does anyone on the list have experience with
Delaware  requests and can tell me what level of proof they are
actually looking  for?  Does the request need to be from the related
individual?   The form does not seem to allow for an agent except for
that of the  deceased.  Is there a difference between requesting a
certificate by  mail and in person?

Thanks very much in advance for your advice and  assistance.

Janice M. Sellers
Ancestral  Discoveries
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