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Fact Finding on the Internet: Vital Records

What are Vital Records?

Vital records are records that chronicle birth, death, marriage, and divorce.  Many of these can be difficult to track down, especially if the researcher is trying to find freely available information online.

Oklahoma Medical Examiner

The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner provides access (for a fee) for autopsy and non-autopsy case reports.

Marriage and Divorce Records

Marriage and divorce records can often be difficult to obtain.  The best bet is to look at the county clerk's website for the county in which the couple were married or divorced to get more information.

In Oklahoma Marriage licenses are recorded with the county clerk. Some are available through the OSCN dockets.

Divorce information may also be obtained by searching local court dockets.

Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

The Social Security Death Index is available for free online.  This resource is available through many different websites and can help the researcher determine if an individual is deceased.  Some examples are at FindMyPast, and,   Free registration may be required for these websites.

Another option is to use, which actually lists the Social Security numbers of many deceased people.

800 N. Harvey Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.208.5271