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== Record Description  ==
 
== 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.  
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The collection "Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961" consists of a name index and images of Delaware statewide death records. From 1855 to 1961 the death records are arranged by year then alphabetically by the name of the deceased person. From 1855 to 1961, the death records are arranged by year then by certificate number.
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The collection "Delaware Church Deaths, 1855-1961" consists of an index to Delaware church records, mostly from the city of Wilmington.  
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== 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
 
Image:Delaware, Death Records (08-0389) (12-1284) Index to Death Records DGS 4252480_259.jpg|Index to Death Records
 
Image:Delaware, Death Records (08-0389) (12-1284) Death Certificate Example 1 DGS 4252985_367.jpg|Death Certificate Example 1
 
Image:Delaware, Death Records (08-0389) (12-1284) Death Certificate Example 1 DGS 4252985_367.jpg|Death Certificate Example 1
 
Image:Delaware, Death Records (08-0389) (12-1284) Death Certificate Example 2 DGS 4252985_1782.jpg|Death Certificate Example 2
 
Image:Delaware, Death Records (08-0389) (12-1284) Death Certificate Example 2 DGS 4252985_1782.jpg|Death Certificate Example 2
 
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Delaware death certificates usually include:
  
 
*Name of deceased  
 
*Name of deceased  
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*Date and place of burial
 
*Date and place of burial
  
Delaware death certificates may also include:  
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The Delaware death certificates may also include:  
  
 
*Name of undertaker  
 
*Name of undertaker  
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== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:  
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To begin your search you need to know the following:  
  
*The place where the death occurred
 
 
*The name of the person at the time of death  
 
*The name of the person at the time of death  
*The approximate death date
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*Other identifying information such as the death date or place
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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=== 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:  
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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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
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*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.  
 
*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.
 
*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 [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].  
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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=== 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.  
 
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 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.
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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=== Tips to 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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*Indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
*Indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  
==== General Information About These Records  ====
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Delaware, Death Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Delaware Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this state see the wiki article [[Delaware Genealogy|Delaware]].}}
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=== 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.  
 
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.  
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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.  
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The Delaware Public Archives has death certificates created since 1855 up to 1961. 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.  
 
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.  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Delaware]]  
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*[[Delaware Genealogy|Delaware]]  
 
*[[Delaware Vital Records]]  
 
*[[Delaware Vital Records]]  
 
*[[Delaware Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Delaware Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Citations for This Collection ==
  
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; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.  
  
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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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961" and "Delaware, Church Deaths, 1855-1961." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Bureau of Archives and Records Management. Hall of Records, Dover.}}<br><br>
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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Latest revision as of 20:18, 10 February 2015

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

The collection "Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961" consists of a name index and images of Delaware statewide death records. From 1855 to 1961 the death records are arranged by year then alphabetically by the name of the deceased person. From 1855 to 1961, the death records are arranged by year then by certificate number.

The collection "Delaware Church Deaths, 1855-1961" consists of an index to Delaware church records, mostly from the city of Wilmington.

Record Content

Delaware death certificates usually include:

  • 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

The 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

To begin your search you need to know the following:

  • The name of the person at the time of death
  • Other identifying information such as the death date or place

Search the Collection

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 Search Tips and Tricks.

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 1855 up to 1961. 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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Related Websites

Online Delaware Death Index

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Contributions to This Article

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961" and "Delaware, Church Deaths, 1855-1961." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Bureau of Archives and Records Management. Hall of Records, Dover.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Delaware, Church Deaths, 1855-1961.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961.

 

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