Division of Archives and Records Service

Military Death Certificates from World War II and the Korean War Online

Gina Strack
September 7, 2010


Death certificates issued for U.S. soldiers who died overseas from 1941 to 1953 and whose bodies were sent to Utah for reburial are now available online from the Utah State Archives and Records Service. These records represent a valuable resource for military and family history. The searchable index and digital images created in partnership with FamilySearch may be accessed from

“Stories are often found in even the most routine and official records,” said Gina Strack, an archivist with the Utah State Archives. “For example, in one six-month period in 1944, a family in Box Elder County lost four of their five sons in combat around the world. All four death certificates for the Borgstrom brothers may be found in this new online collection.”

The Utah State Digital Archives provides access to over half a million images of historical records online and free to the public, including death certificates from 1904-1959. With worldwide online access, patrons have the ability to do research from anywhere while the Archives efficiently fulfills its mission “to provide quality access to public information.”

FamilySearch is the public channel of the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU), a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch maintains the world’s largest repository of genealogical resources accessed through, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries.