• Your Guide to Cemetery Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack (Betterway Books)
• “Nineteenth-Century Death Records: How Dependable Are They?” by William B. Saxbe Jr., National Genealogical Society Quarterly 87 (March 1999)
Year states began death registration
District of Columbia 1855
New Hampshire 1905
New Jersey 1848
New Mexico 1919
New York 1880
North Carolina 1913
North Dakota 1908
Rhode Island 1852
South Carolina 1915
South Dakota 1905
West Virginia 1917
OBITUARIES AND FUNERAL HOMES
• Cyndi’s List
<www.funeralcentral.com>: Publishes funeral notices similar to those submitted by funeral homes to newspapers. It’s a free service, but the funeral home must send the notice for inclusion in the database.
• Funeral Net
<www.funeralnet.com>: Locate cemeteries and funeral homes, as well as search for obituaries. The database of funeral homes was compiled from The National Yellow Book of Funeral Directors.
• Obituary Central
<www.obitcentral.com/obitsearch>: Locates, categorizes and presents obituaries online. The Obituary Links Page is arranged by state and county, with thousands of links to online obituaries, cemetery transcriptions and death notices.
• Obituary Daily Times
<www.rootsweb.com/~obituary>: Lists not only newspapers that are being indexed, but those that are in need of indexers. If the newspaper has a Web site, there will be a link to it.
• Obituary Lookups
<freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~obitl>: A community of researchers from all over the world willing to look up obituaries for free.
• Online Searchable Death Indexes for the USA
<www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html>: Links to online death indexes and databases from all over the country.