Vital records (birth, marriage, death records) include information like the event date and place, parents’ names, occupation and residence. The cause of death is also included in most death records.
Vital records were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more likely to be accurate. This category includes indexes that can help you request copies from vital records keepers, and in some cases the images of actual records.
U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War Casualty Listings
Find A Grave Index
Gravestone images from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl)