Free Access to All Death Records for Halloween Weekend!


The original All Souls Day — which eventually morphed into Halloween — is celebrated in many traditional Christian societies as a day to honor the memories of one’s ancestors. What better way to honor your ancestors than to learn more details about their lives and discover their stories?

That’s why we’re opening all our death-related historical record collections — death, burial, cemetery, and obituary records — up to the public for free access during Halloween weekend, from October 29 to November 2!

Search the free records now

Death, burial, cemetery, and obituary records are key resources for family history information. Death certificates are typically issued within days of a death and can contain many details about a person’s life, such as their age at death, place of birth, parents’ names and origins, and the cause of death. The name of the person who provided these details may also be mentioned, and this can also be an important clue that can help you locate new relatives.

Burial and cemetery records can supplement death certificates and offer additional information, while obituaries may provide rich details about the person’s life: their interests, profession, passions, and connections in the community.

MyHeritage offers 153 collections in this category, containing 548,923,579 records in all. During this limited time, you’ll be able to access these records freely even if you’re not a paid subscriber. Access to these collections will be completely free, but free registration to MyHeritage will be required for non-MyHeritage users. 

This is a perfect opportunity for everyone to access and enjoy these records! So dive right in and see what you can learn about your ancestors.

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  • Ed McLaughlin

    October 13, 2020

    ‘All Saints Day’ is November 1 – Halloween was mopher from ‘All Souls Day’ on October 31st

  • Sharon Turnbull

    October 13, 2020

    Robert Turnbull 1767 Scotland, death Pennsylvania of Yellow Fever 1803-1807

  • Linda Nelson

    October 14, 2020

    How about a reminder a day or two before?

    • Esther

      October 14, 2020

      Definitely! We’ll be posting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to let our users know closer to the date.

  • Phil Grass

    October 14, 2020

    Without wanting to dive into Christian theology, I would suggest that it is All Souls’ Day, rather than All Saints’ day, that is “a day to honor the memories of one’s ancestors”

  • Louise Hatfield

    October 14, 2020

    Joseph Edgar Hatfield born early 1900 in Ireland

  • Paul A. Elliott

    October 15, 2020

    Halloween is All Hallow’s Eve. All Saints Day is November 1st. In the German culture if you are born on Nov. 1st you will have good luck all your life.

  • Melanie Lusby

    October 15, 2020

    The ‘free access to all death records for Halloween’ doesn’t seem to be free. When I put in a relative’s name, records come up, but to access them a payment is required. Is there a code I need to apply, and at what stage?

    • Esther

      October 15, 2020

      Hi Melanie,

      These records are free starting October 29th. Enjoy!

  • Melanie Lusby

    October 15, 2020

    Hi, Esther, thanks – I’d just realised I was too quick off the mark! Looking forward to the 19th.

  • rosaria vadala

    October 15, 2020

    I need to find her obit.

  • Sheila DiIulis

    October 15, 2020

    Cannot find my grandfather, left my grandmother between 1920-30. Elmer Jordan born in Maine., left Brockton, Ma. between 1920-1930

  • Christine Hills

    October 15, 2020

    I would like to confirm the comments below that Halloween is the Eve of All Saints Day (in previous times known all All Hallows) November 1st is All Saints day when the saints are honoured November 2 is All Souls Day when traditionally we pray for the dead honour their memory and have a ceremony to bless the graves, though that will probably not take place this year due to the pandemic.

  • Anthony

    October 16, 2020

    All Saints Day is All Hallows Day when we revere or hallow the saints,( as in “hallowed be thy name”) 2nd Nov is All Souls Day when remember our own departed
    Halloween 31 October is All Hallows Eve (Halloween)

  • Angela Lippert

    October 17, 2020

    I like fine my gggrandfather

  • Karen E Price

    October 19, 2020

    Free trial starts October 19 (see Esther’s response to Melanie Lusby’s comment) or October 29, as said in the blog?

    • Esther

      October 20, 2020

      Hi Karen, Apologies for the error. It begins on the 29th. Good luck with your research!

  • רחל וולף

    October 27, 2020

    יעקב מאיר גולדברג מלבוב

  • Karen Westbury

    October 31, 2020

    My grandfather William Borden dally

  • joan rice

    November 1, 2020

    Hope this as good as it sounds Always ready find out the facts.