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Statewide death registration officially began in 1913, although some deaths were recorded as early as 1855. This collection contains records from 1855 to 1955.
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
Death records were generally well preserved, though fires, floods, or other disasters may have destroyed some records.  
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The collection consists of a name index and images of Delaware statewide death records. It covers the years 1855 to 1955. From 1855 to 1910, the death records are arranged by year then alphabetically by the name of the deceased person. From 1910 to 1955, the death records are arranged by year then by certificate number.  
 
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Death records include certificates, returns, physicians’ certificates and coroner’s returns. Death returns were turned into the State by county clerks prior to creation of death certificates. All documents were recorded on pre-printed forms.  
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=== Record Content  ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
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Image:Delaware, Death Records (08-0389) (12-1284) Index to Death Records DGS 4252480_259.jpg|Index to Death Records
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Image:Delaware, Death Records (08-0389) (12-1284) Death Certificate Example 1 DGS 4252985_367.jpg|Death Certificate Example 1
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*Name  
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*Name of deceased
 
*Date of death  
 
*Date of death  
 
*Place of death  
 
*Place of death  
*Sex and race  
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*Age, gender and race of deceased
*Age
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*Father's name and place of birth
*Maiden name of mother
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*Mother's maiden name and place of birth
*Where born
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*Marital status of deceased
*Name of father
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*Occupation of deceased
*Marital status  
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*Occupation  
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*Cause of death  
 
*Cause of death  
*Parents' birthplaces
 
 
*Place of residence  
 
*Place of residence  
*Place of burial
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*Date and place of burial
  
 
Delaware death certificates may also include:  
 
Delaware death certificates may also include:  
  
*Name of undertaker&nbsp;
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*Name of undertaker  
*Date of burial&nbsp;
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*Date of burial  
 
*More place of death information, (name of village, hundred, etc.)
 
*More place of death information, (name of village, hundred, etc.)
  
 
== 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.
 
  
 
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:  
 
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:  
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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. 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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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
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.  
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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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
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*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.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
  
For example:
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
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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.
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*Use the information from this index to locate the original death record which usually contains additional information.
 
*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.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*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.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.  
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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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.
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*Look at the name of the informant. This is often a relative.
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*Indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the surnames.  
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
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*Search the related collection [[Delaware, Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  
Keep in mind:
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==== General Information About These Records  ====
  
*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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Death records include certificates, returns, physicians’ certificates and coroner’s returns. Death returns were turned into the State by county clerks prior to creation of death certificates.  
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.&nbsp;
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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)]]
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== Record History  ==
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By 1913, it is estimated that most deaths were reported to the State.  
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On July 1, 1913, the state of Delaware established a law requiring the registration of births, deaths, and marriages and created the Bureau of Vital Statistics as an agency of the State Board of Health. Death records have been submitted to the Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics since 1913. The city of Wilmington also has a register of vital statistics.  
 
On July 1, 1913, the state of Delaware established a law requiring the registration of births, deaths, and marriages and created the Bureau of Vital Statistics as an agency of the State Board of Health. Death records have been submitted to the Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics since 1913. The city of Wilmington also has a register of vital statistics.  
  
 
The Delaware Public Archives has death certificates created since 1913 up to 1967. The Archives also hosts files of early death records that were compiled from sources including tombstones, newspapers and family Bibles. The Public Archives also has records of some deaths that have not been indexed.  
 
The Delaware Public Archives has death certificates created since 1913 up to 1967. The Archives also hosts files of early death records that were compiled from sources including tombstones, newspapers and family Bibles. The Public Archives also has records of some deaths that have not been indexed.  
 
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
 
 
Birth and deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs.
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
  
 
Death records are considered to be primary source records. Information in these records is usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant. For example, a coroner would be able to give reliable information about the date, time, and cause of death, but might not know personal details about the deceased.  
 
Death records are considered to be primary source records. Information in these records is usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant. For example, a coroner would be able to give reliable information about the date, time, and cause of death, but might not know personal details about the deceased.  
  
== Known Issues with This Collection<br> ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Delaware State Death Records (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.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Delaware, Death Records (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.  
  
 
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
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*[[Delaware|Delaware]]  
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*[[Delaware]]  
*[[Delaware Vital Records|Delaware Vital Records]]
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*[[Delaware Vital Records]]
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*[[Delaware Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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== Citation For This Collection ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the “Show Citation” box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1520546/waypoints Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961]
  
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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.  
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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=== Citation For This Collection ===
 
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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.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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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.  
  
===== Citation Example for a Record Found&nbsp;in This Collection<br> =====
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{{Collection citation | text= "Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1955." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics. Hall of Records, Dover.}}
  
"Delaware Death Records, 1855-1955." database and digital images, ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed March 4, 2011, entry for Atkin Linwood Kesler, died 22 March 1919; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 4,252,920; Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics, Dover, Delaware.  
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Revision as of 17:20, 31 October 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961 .

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of a name index and images of Delaware statewide death records. It covers the years 1855 to 1955. From 1855 to 1910, the death records are arranged by year then alphabetically by the name of the deceased person. From 1910 to 1955, the death records are arranged by year then by certificate number.

Record Content

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Age, gender and race of deceased
  • Father's name and place of birth
  • Mother's maiden name and place of birth
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Occupation of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Place of residence
  • Date and place of burial

Delaware death certificates may also include:

  • Name of undertaker
  • Date of burial
  • More place of death information, (name of village, hundred, etc.)

How to Use the Records

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

Search the Collection

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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images 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 video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

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.

  • Use the information from this index to locate the original death record which usually contains additional information.
  • 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.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to 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.
  • 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.
  • Look at the name of the informant. This is often a relative.
  • Indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

General Information About These Records

Death records include certificates, returns, physicians’ certificates and coroner’s returns. Death returns were turned into the State by county clerks prior to creation of death certificates.

On July 1, 1913, the state of Delaware established a law requiring the registration of births, deaths, and marriages and created the Bureau of Vital Statistics as an agency of the State Board of Health. Death records have been submitted to the Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics since 1913. The city of Wilmington also has a register of vital statistics.

The Delaware Public Archives has death certificates created since 1913 up to 1967. The Archives also hosts files of early death records that were compiled from sources including tombstones, newspapers and family Bibles. The Public Archives also has records of some deaths that have not been indexed.

Death records are considered to be primary source records. Information in these records is usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant. For example, a coroner would be able to give reliable information about the date, time, and cause of death, but might not know personal details about the deceased.

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.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to 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

Online Delaware Death Index

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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: Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961

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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

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.

"Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1955." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics. Hall of Records, Dover.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.