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Access the records: Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 .
This Collection will include records from 1877 to 1998.
The collection consists of indexes to deaths from the Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.
The index lists the following information:
- Age at Death
- Estimated Birth Year
- DGS Number
- Date of Death
- Certificate Number or page number
- GSU Film Number
- Image number
- Name of Deceased
- Page Number
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The name of the person at the time of death
- The place where the death occurred
- The approximate death date
To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [FamilySearch Tips and Tricks].
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Continue to search the index to identify other relatives.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- As with any index, transcription errors may occur.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Florida, Death Records items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Florida Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this state see the wiki article Florida.|
Online Florida Death Records Indexes and Obituaries http://www.deathindexes.com/florida/index.html
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Citation for this Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- "Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. From "Florida Death Index, 1877-1998." Index. Ancestry.com. www.ancestry.com : 2004. Citing Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, Jacksonville.
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