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Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1904 to 1956.

The collection consists of a name index and images of Utah statewide death certificates. Each death was recorded on a one page pre-printed form.

For a list of film numbers currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Record Content

The records may contain any of the following:

  • Date and place of death, including city, county and state
  • Name of deceased
  • Name of hospital or institution where died
  • Residence of deceased
  • How many years living in present community
  • If a veteran, name of war is given
  • Gender, race, marital status and social security number of deceased
  • Name and age of spouse
  • Date and place of birth of deceased
  • Age in years, months and days
  • Occupation of deceased
  • Name and birth place of father
  • Maiden name and birth place of mother
  • Informant's name and address
  • Informant's relationship to deceased
  • Burial information

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following the name of the deceased and other identifying information such as the date or place of death.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "County"
⇒Select the "City/Town"
⇒Select the "Death Year" which takes you to the images

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. 

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Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy 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. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • If the birthdate is not given you can use the death date or age to calculate an approximate birth year.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the names, places, and ages to find the family in other records such as census, church, and land records.
  • Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  • Information pertaining to death is reliable; including cause of death, name of the attending physician or medical professional, name and address of the funeral home used, and the exact date and place of burial. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. Local historical and genealogical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

General Information About Death Records

Local Board of Health registrars sent certificates monthly to the state registrar of the Department of Vital Statistics, which is a division of the state Board of Health. All counties began reporting deaths to the state in 1905 when the Department of Health created the division of Vital Statistics. A death certificate was required for burial in Utah, so compliance was high. These were recorded to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information for collections published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics, Salt Lake City.

 

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