To understand the reason why death records like Santa Barbara County Death Notices are some of the most requested records from the government, one must first understand the importance that death plays in not only the lives of the people who would be left behind by the deceased, but also upon the lives of those people who are not even acquainted with the deceased when said deceased was still alive. Death is something that affects the whole world, for aside from the obvious fact that the dead could no longer interact with the living, the death of a person is also something that would change his status and such change would be binding upon the whole world.
Perhaps the best way to explain this would to make use of succession as an example. Under the law, succession begins upon the death of the decedent, and the effects of the succession would be binding upon the whole world. Thus, a person could not say that he was not aware that the parcel of land that he was occupying had a new owner by succession because he is deemed to know. it must be remembered, however, that death is not something that courts could take judicial notice of, hence, the reason why it is necessary to prove the fact of the death of the person to be succeeded upon in the proper probate court.
The death records are the best evidence that one could present in order to prove the fact of the death because these are the official records of the government in regards to the same and because of that, these records are afforded the presumption of regularity. Taking into consideration the fact that these records are issued only upon the death of the person named in the record, it is easy to see why most tribunals would not even look into the contents of the records when they are presented before presuming that the person named in the record had indeed died.
A request for copies of the death records may be done at both the state or national level and the county or local level. The offices involved in such a request would vary, as would the procedures that they are using, but in the state level, the procedure would usually be to make the request through mail, and this would be slower though it would not require the person interested in the records from having to travel, indeed, a request in person is not possible at the state level offices. At the local level offices, the method would either be to make the request through mail or to make the request in person which would be faster but would require the person interested in the records to travel.
Santa Barbara County Death Notices may also be requested for online through the use of online archives. These archives are mostly privately owned, but the information that they could provide would be roughly similar to that which the official databases could provide. They are faster and more efficient, but note that they are not official sources, hence, they do not enjoy the presumption of regularity.