Celebrating 100 Years of Missouri Vital Statistics
For more than 100 years, Missouri vital records have captured a piece of the life story of each person who has been born or died in Missouri. Vital statistics, key information gleaned from those records, impact Missourians’ lives every day by helping to drive public health efforts to keep individuals and society healthy.
In 1909, the Missouri General Assembly passed legislation that mandated centralized registration of births and deaths in Missouri. This legislation was implemented February 1, 1910, and 1911 was the first full year of Missouri vital statistics to be published by the State Board of Health.
Record KeepingBirth and death certificates are permanent legal records that contain valuable health and medical information. As legal documents, birth and death certificates provide proof of age, parentage and citizenship. They are used to obtain passports and driver’s licenses, enroll in benefits programs, settle estates, obtain life insurance payouts and terminate Social Security benefits. Health and medical information from birth and death records is transformed into data to calculate population growth, identify health risk factors, measure health outcomes, plan and evaluate health programs and conduct research.
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Historical editions can be found on the EPARC webpage.