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General Information About Hawaii Death Records and Laws
In Hawaii death records can be hard to obtain for those using them for genealogy reports or even for property searches and verifications. In the state, you will be able to access these records as they are open to the public for the most part. However, you may be asked what you plan to use them for or who you are. The gathering of date on death records may be necessary to prove property ownership or change of hands. Some people may need this information for a genealogy search. Often, the departments will keep this information on hand and provide it based on the level of immediacy of the situation.
For those who need Hawaii death records, gathering them is possible in many situations. However, since the state has one of the shortest histories with the US country are a whole, many of the restrictions and requirements normally present in states. However, the state began to record death and birth records as early as 1853. Most records from 1896 prior are very limitedly available. It will be more difficult to find these records, but it is still possible. If you are looking for very old records, one of the best ways to find this information is to turn to the local townships and local religious records. Those records are some of the most complete.
Some earlier records are available, though. Some missionary reports were gathered and kept as a way of identifying deaths and births prior to this timeframe. Some records are as old as 1826. To find these, contact the Hawaii State Archives through the Department of Health. You may also find some information through the Daughters of teh American Revolution Library located in Honolulu. Do call to verify your information is on hand prior to trying to obtain it locally.
For those who are looking for information from 1853 onward, the first step after contacting local facilities is to contact the Department of Health in the state. However, it is important to know that these records can be hard to find. In some cases, you may need to wait two to six weeks to receive them, the Department reports. Sometimes, it can take longer especially for very old records. However, you can write to the organization at the following address for more information on those records.
Hawaii Department of Health
Vital Records Section
PO Box 3378
Honolulu, Hawaii 96801
You can visit the location in person or write to them for most record searches. If you do not find the information that you need at the local level such as at the county public health facilities, you may be able to find this information through religious organizations. The details of the records held at the state level can be less informational. However, for those searching for genealogy reports or for property records, the information may be enough to help answer any of the questions you may have. Take the time to locate this information to ensure that you can move forward.
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