United States Vital Records / Demographics

Note: Additional vital records resources are also located on individual state pages.

Statistical Abstracts of the United States
Tables from 1995 to the current edition are available in portable document format (PDF). The site also offers USA Statistics in Brief, a supplement to Statistical Abstract.

CensusScope
The Social Science Data Analysis Network at the University of Michigan offers this tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends. It provides metropolitan area, state, and county charts that reveal population growth, and population by age, race, or family structure. Other charts measure educational attainment and languages spoken. Maps show the age and race of the population and family structures. Rankings show population growth by state or county.

United States Cemetaries
Part of Interment.net, this section of the cemetery records Web site lets you perform simple queries for information about graves in the United States. The information is not complete. It is compiled by volunteers, and therefore, it may not be accurate.

Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records
A guide to sources of information on deaths. Arranged by state, the guide offers an extensive list of links for genealogy researchers.

Online Searchable Death Indexes for the USA
An extensive index of databases covering obituaries, grave sites, and other sources of death information in the U.S. The databases vary in quality and coverage.

Social Security Death Index
Search this death claims database to find names, addresses and social security numbers.

SearchSystems.net Free Public Records Directory
A directory of sources of public records and public information.

Virtual Gumshoe
Indexes and categorizes Web-based resources for public records research.

National Archives and Records Administration Archival Databases (AAD) System
500 databases containing mostly older information about people or businesses

Social Security Number Validator
Crime Time Publishing Co, Inc., publishers of The Investigator's Little Black Book, offers this resource for validating the accuracy of a Social Security number. Currently in beta, the database determines whether the number provided has been issued. If the number is valid, it also
provides the state of issuance and information about a death claim against the number.

Unclaimed Persons
The San Bernardino County Coroner's Department offers to Coroner's Departments, Medical Examiners Offices and Sheriff's Departments nationwide a database for informing the public about the deceased, whose identify is known, but whose family cannot be located.

Military Service Records
Researcher Tamara Thompson outlines what is available at the Web site of the National Archives for finding information about people in the military. She links to select resources.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator
The Veterans Administration makes available a database for finding burial locations for U.S. veterans.

Birth Records Search
Find a database of birth dates. Search by name or name and approximate age to find the full name, full date of birth and current residence (city, state and zip only). The site claims to compile the information from public records. It appears to be available only for U.S. residents. Technical note: The site is supported by advertising. Queries generate multiple pop-up windows.

Vitalchek
Find information about how to order birth, death, marriage, or divorce records in all 50 states. NOTE: This is a fee based service.

Where To Write for Vital Records
The National Center for Health Statistics maintains information about obtaining state vital records.

MilitarySearch
This site by Judgment Day Information Services, Inc. claims to verify military status and provide an affidavit directly from the Department of Defense. Turnaround time is one to two days. Cost depends on the information you have.