The resources on this page include commercial databases and free internet resources. Westlaw and LexisNexis links will take you to the specified database if you have a password. These links work better if you are already logged in. The College of Law provides Westlaw and LexisNexis passwords to its law faculty, staff, and students. Westlaw and LexisNexis links open in a new window.
You can search the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) to find out if someone is deceased or to find out if a specific social security number (SSN) belongs to a person who has died. In general, the SSDI covers deaths after 1962, but a few deaths date as far back as 1932. The person must have had a SSN and the person's death must have been reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
In Arizona, birth and death certificates are not public records. Only certain persons may request birth or death certificates, such as parents, certain family members, a guardian, an attorney representing an interested party, etc. (A.A.C. §§ R9-19-403 and 405). However, birth and death certificates are accessible by the public for births that occurred at least 75 years ago and deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago (A.R.S. § 36-351). Copies of these records are available via the Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates website.
In other states, birth and death certificates may be public records.
The obituaries and death notices from certain U.S. and international newspapers may be searched on Westlaw. Coverage varies by publication. The Westlaw database does not include The Arizona Republic newspaper.
In Arizona, marriage and divorce records are available to the public. Copies of records may be obtained from the clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the marriage occurred. In Maricopa County, you may obtain copies, for a fee, in person at the clerk's office, by mail or by telephone. Some Arizona divorce records are also available on Westlaw.
There are no publicly available national criminal databases, but local records may be searchable. Criminal records for Maricopa County are available via the Maricopa County website, as well as Westlaw. Dockets from other Arizona state courts are available on Westlaw, and dockets from Arizona federal courts are available on Westlaw and LexisNexis.
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