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Search by <Last Name> <First Name>

Please view the Death Record Search Instructions & Tips if you are having problems searching.

The Death Record Search covers the years 1867-2008 and will include only persons who passed away in St. Joseph County, MI.

The search can be used to see if a death has been recorded in St. Joseph County, MI and to obtain the number of that death record. The death record itself cannot be viewed through this interface.

Full death records can be viewed at the St. Joseph County Clerk's Office. If you would like to view a record at the Clerk's office, please write down the name and record number and bring them with you.

Certified copies of death records are available from the County Clerk's office at a cost of $13.00 which can be paid by cash or money order. Certified copies of death records can also be ordered by mail. When ordering by mail, a copy of the requestor's I.D. must be sent with the appropriate payment and request form. View the Death Certificate page for more information and to download the request form.

Certified copies of death records can also be ordered through our VitalChek Portal. Orders made through the VitalChek Portal must be paid using a credit card. An additional $10.00 convenience fee is charged by VitalChek for this service. As a benefit, orders made through this service that are received before 3:00 pm are typically processed and mailed the same day.

Death Record Search Instructions & Tips

  • Do not use commas or periods.
  • Use the format: <LastName> <FirstName> <MiddleInitial/Name and/or Suffix>.
    Example: SMITH JOHN B JR
  • Entering: <LastName> will result in all records where the name begins with <LastName>
    Example: Entering SMITH will result in all records where the last name is SMITH listed in alphabetical order.
  • Entering a single letter will result in all names listed alphabetically where the last name begins with that letter.
  • Entering: <LastName> <FirstInitial> will result in all records with names having <LastName> <FirstInitial>.
    Example: Entering SMITH J will result in all records where the last name is SMITH and the first initial is J. Such as:
    SMITH JAMES T
    SMITH JAMES WILLIAM
    SMITH JOHN B JR
    SMITH JOHNATHON
    etc.

The St. Joseph County Death Record Search is provided as an aid for genealogical and similar research. The information in the search is believed accurate but is not guaranteed.