Arizona Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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{{Record_Search_article|CID=CID1534450 |title=Arizona Deaths 1870-1951|location=United States}}<br>  
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{{Record_Search_article|CID=CID1534450 |title=Arizona Deaths 1870-1951|location=United States}}<br>
  
 
== Collection Time Period  ==
 
== Collection Time Period  ==
  
 
The certificates cover deaths from 1870 to 1951.  
 
The certificates cover deaths from 1870 to 1951.  
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== Image Visibility  ==
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images associated with its historic record collections online available for all FamilySearch.org patrons. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The images for the Arizona Deaths collection are available through the Family History Library, your local [https://familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch Center], and to members of FamilySearch's supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1870-1951<br>  
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This Collection will include records from 1870-1951<br>
  
 
Each death certificate was created on a pre-printed form.  
 
Each death certificate was created on a pre-printed form.  
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For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1534450/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
 
For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1534450/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
  
<br>Statewide registration of vital statistics began in 1909 and&nbsp;the state achieved 90 percent compliance 1926. Some earlier records for 1887 to 1909 consist of deaths recorded by the individual counties where the death occurred. The counties that participated sent copies to the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the records are available at both places. The Office of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining and issuing certified copies of vital records, including death certificates for deaths that occurred in Arizona. The Office of Vital Records officially began recording birth and death events in July, 1909. However, it maintains a sampling of death records, from 1877, from other sources.  
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Statewide registration of vital statistics began in 1909 and&nbsp;the state achieved 90 percent compliance 1926. Some earlier records for 1887 to 1909 consist of deaths recorded by the individual counties where the death occurred. The counties that participated sent copies to the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the records are available at both places. The Office of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining and issuing certified copies of vital records, including death certificates for deaths that occurred in Arizona. The Office of Vital Records officially began recording birth and death events in July, 1909. However, it maintains a sampling of death records, from 1877, from other sources.  
  
 
The certificates cover deaths from 1870-1951.&nbsp;  
 
The certificates cover deaths from 1870-1951.&nbsp;  
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=== Citations for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citations for This Collection  ===
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamnilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamnilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
  
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{{Collection citation | text= "Arizona, Deaths, 1870-1951." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Arizona Department of Health Services. Department of Library and Archives, Phoenix, Arizona.}}
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to deaths make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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'''To search this collection using the index:'''
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:  
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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.
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Name indexes to deaths make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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Be sure and view the image after finding your ancestor. There may be more information on the actual record.
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'''To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:'''<br>⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒ Select the "First two letters of surname" category<br>⇒ Select the "Surname, Given Name with Death Year" category which takes you to the images<br>
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If you don't find your ancestor, consider selecting the "Illegible Surname" category and see if you can locate them.
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'''When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:'''
  
 
*The place where the death occurred  
 
*The place where the death occurred  
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*The approximate death date
 
*The approximate death date
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestor in the death records. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. Compare the information in the death record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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Compare the information in the death record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
  
For example:  
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'''For example:'''
  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.  
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
 
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
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*The name of the informant may be a relative.
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
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'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
Keep in mind:  
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'''Keep in mind:'''
  
 
*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
For a summary of this information see the wiki article [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
  
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Arizona Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==

Revision as of 21:49, 1 March 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Arizona Deaths 1870-1951 .

Contents

Collection Time Period

The certificates cover deaths from 1870 to 1951.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images associated with its historic record collections online available for all FamilySearch.org patrons. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The images for the Arizona Deaths collection are available through the Family History Library, your local FamilySearch Center, and to members of FamilySearch's supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1870-1951

Each death certificate was created on a pre-printed form.

For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Statewide registration of vital statistics began in 1909 and the state achieved 90 percent compliance 1926. Some earlier records for 1887 to 1909 consist of deaths recorded by the individual counties where the death occurred. The counties that participated sent copies to the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the records are available at both places. The Office of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining and issuing certified copies of vital records, including death certificates for deaths that occurred in Arizona. The Office of Vital Records officially began recording birth and death events in July, 1909. However, it maintains a sampling of death records, from 1877, from other sources.

The certificates cover deaths from 1870-1951. 

Death certificates were created to record deaths in Arizona in compliance with state law.

Information pertaining to death is reliable; including death, name of the attending physician or attending 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.

Citations for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamnilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Arizona, Deaths, 1870-1951." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Arizona Department of Health Services. Department of Library and Archives, Phoenix, Arizona.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in all death certificates include:

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  • Death certificate number
  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Birth date of deceased
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Parents' names and their birthplace
  • Physician's statement
  • Cemetery and burial place

How to Use the Records

To search this collection using the index:

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.

Name indexes to deaths make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

Be sure and view the image after finding your ancestor. There may be more information on the actual record.

To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "First two letters of surname" category
⇒ Select the "Surname, Given Name with Death Year" category which takes you to the images

If you don't find your ancestor, consider selecting the "Illegible Surname" category and see if you can locate them.

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the death occurred
  • The name of the person at the time of death
  • The approximate death date

Compare the information in the death record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

For example:

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the informant may be a relative.
  • 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.

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. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Keep in mind:

  • 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.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

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