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Death Records Toolkit

By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack Premium

To learn more:

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)

• “Read Between the Lines: Interpreting Modern Death Records” and “What Killed Aunt Rhody? Interpreting Old Death Records” lectures by William B. Saxbe Jr., <www.audiotapes.com>

Year states began death registration

Alabama — 1908

Alaska — 1913

Arizona — 1909

Arkansas — 1914

California — 1905

Colorado — 1907

Connecticut — 1897

Delaware — 1881

District of Columbia — 1855

Florida — 1899

Georgia — 1919

Hawaii — 1896

Idaho — 1911

Illinois — 1916

Indiana — 1900

Iowa — 1880

Kansas — 1911

Kentucky — 1911

Louisiana — 1914

Maine — 1892

Maryland — 1898

Massachusetts — 1841

Michigan — 1867

Minnesota — 1900

Mississippi — 1912

Missouri — 1910

Montana — 1907

Nebraska — 1905

Nevada — 1911

New Hampshire — 1905

New Jersey — 1848

New Mexico — 1919

New York — 1880

North Carolina — 1913

North Dakota — 1908

Ohio — 1909

Oklahoma — 1908

Oregon — 1903

Pennsylvania — 1906

Rhode Island — 1852

South Carolina — 1915

South Dakota — 1905

Tennessee — 1914

Texas — 1903

Utah — 1905

Vermont — 1857

Virginia — 1912

Washington — 1907

West Virginia — 1917

Wisconsin — 1907

Wyoming — 1909

Find it on the Web

OBITUARIES AND FUNERAL HOMES

Cyndi’s List

<www.cyndislist.com/obits.htm>, <www.cyndislist.com/cemetery.htm>: Links to sites with obituary data, cemetery transcriptions and funeral home records.

funeralCENTRAL

<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.

From the August 2002 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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