Death Record Research Sources: Beyond Death Certificates – 17 Aug 2023

Webinar Abstract: Death certificates are often the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a record created at death; however, statewide death registrations in the United States did not start in most states until the first quarter of the 1900s. So, what other documents can be used to obtain death information? This presentation provides an overview of a contemporary death certificate and then goes on to examine how some of those same “clues” can be found in a variety of other documents/resources. Some of those covered are Interments for the Week, City Sexton Reports of Burials, Burial Permits, Memorial Cards, Deed/Land Records, Census Mortality Schedules (1850-1900), and much more.

Presenter: C. Ann Staley, CG®, CGLSM, is an educator, consultant, and lecturer. She is the Education Chairman for the Jacksonville [FL] Genealogical Society, Inc.; the Membership Chair for the Genealogical Speakers Guild; on the faculty of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies; and a volunteer of the National Genealogical Society and the Florida State Genealogical Society. She has served previously on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Ann is the compiler of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. Quarterly Full Name Index, Volumes 1 through 4, 1973 through 1976, author of articles for the NGS Magazine, author of Researching American Court Records, and the co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series: Florida. Ann has been researching her family from Alabama, Mississippi, Indiana, and Virginia to France, England, and Germany. Her specialties are methodology, vital records and their sources, computer research resources, and conference planning.



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