Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
Texas has recorded deaths from 1903 to the present, plus about 250 registrations from the 1890s-1939, and nearly 2,000 delayed registrations of death from 1890s-1990, as reported from obituaries and probate records.  
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Images of Texas statewide death certificates, including delayed certificates, from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. Additional certificates will be added to the collection as they become available.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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For a list of records by dates and localities currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1930157/waypoints Browse].
  
For the years 1903-1909, two small pre-printed “report of death” forms are on one page. From 1911 on, each death was recorded on a one-page pre-printed “standard death certificate” form. The year 1910 has a mixture of reports of death and standard death certificates.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
Death Certificates 1903-1909 are arranged by County, then Year, then&nbsp;are listed alphabetically by the first letter of the surname only. After the certificates were arranged in this manner, they were numbered in a single sequence running through that arrangement (Certificates 1-61,752 in 141 volumes).  
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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.  
  
Certificates for 1910 are generally arranged by Surname and then Given Name(s). The certificates were then numbered.  
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Certificates beginning with 1911 were arranged&nbsp;by year,&nbsp;month, then&nbsp;county. The arrangement below that appears to vary: Bexar county certificates appear to be generally in reverse alphabetical order by surname, while some counties appear to be in proper alphabetical order and&nbsp;others&nbsp;in random order. In whatever arrangement they are in, the certificates were bound in volumes and numbered with a repeating sequence of numbers for both the certificates and the bound volumes for each year beginning with 1911 and continuing at least through 1976.  
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[[Texas Death Records, 1977-1986 (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
=== Record Content  ===
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== Record Content  ==
  
[[Image:Texas Death Certificate DGS 4167924 52.jpg|thumb|right]]
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The certificates usually include the following:  
  
Important genealogical facts in death entries:  
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[[Image:Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 (10-0853) (11-1033) (11-1133).jpg|thumb|right|Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 (10-0853) (11-1033) (11-1133).jpg]]
  
*Date of death for the deceased. Starting around 1911, the records increasingly include the burial and birth dates and places.
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*Name of the deceased  
*Place of death for the deceased. Starting around 1911, the records increasingly include the cemetery name where buried, as well as the birthplace (the state and sometimes town or county).
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*Death date and place
*Name of the deceased. Starting around 1911, the records increasingly include the name of the spouse and parents, often with maiden surnames of women. The informant, who is often a child or other family member, is also named.
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*Burial date and place
*Starting around 1911, the records increasingly note the names of the spouse and parents.
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*Birth date and place
*Starting around 1911, the records indicate whether the deceased was single, married, widowed, or divorced at the time of death.
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*Name of spouse  
*Starting around 1911, the records give the occupation of the deceased and may identify the employer.
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*Names of parents  
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*Name of informant
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*Marital status
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*Occupation
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
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 begin your search you will need to know the following:  
 
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When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:  
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*The place where the death occurred  
 
*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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*The 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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=== 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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The collection is browse only so you will need to look at the images one at a time until you find your ancestor. 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. It may be helpful to keep a list of the names, certificate numbers, and DGS Film number of individuals with the same last name. That way you can easily return to them if you need to.  
  
For example:  
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=== Using the Information  ===
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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.
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The following examples show ways you can use the 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.  
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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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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military 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.
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*The name of the cemetery may be 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 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.
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*Others with the same last name could be children, siblings, parents, or other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby.  
*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.  
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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.
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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.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
 
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:  
 
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.  
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Check for an index. The following index, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index, 1964-1998], is available on ''FamilySearch''.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*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)|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)]].  
 
== Record History  ==
 
 
Standard forms for death certificates and report of death were filled out by a county clerk, mortician or medical professional, who talked to the informant. The certificates were filed with county clerks or local registrars, who forwarded the information to the Texas Department of Health, now known as the Texas Department of State Health Services.
 
 
=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
 
 
Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.
 
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
 
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. The other information is usually provided by the informant (often a family member). The reliability of this information depends upon the following:
 
 
*Length of time since the event. Birth information or age for an adult may not be exact.
 
*If the informant knew the answers to the questions. An adult child or sibling of the deceased was more likely to know the answers. Women tended to learn and remember family information more often than men.
 
*The informant’s interest in giving accurate information. Some information may have been colored by family secrets, etc.
 
*Emotional state of the informant. Emotions generated by death may have degraded the quality of the information.
 
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
 
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'''Texas Deaths, 1890–1976:&nbsp;'''This collection includes a name index and images of Texas statewide death certificates. The name index has been created by FamilySearch, and it is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
 
 
There is also more information about Texas Vital Records in the FamilySearch Research Wiki <br>[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Texas_Vital_Records FamilySearch Research Wiki].<br>
 
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from the record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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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 in found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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=== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ===
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"Texas Deaths 1890-1976." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([http://www.familysearch.org http://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 7 April 2011. entry for Emma Tomlinson, died 29 September 1919; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 2,073,674; Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics, Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas
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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]].  
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->"Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986." ''FamilySearch'' ([http://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]). Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics. Digital images of originals housed at the State Registrar Office in Austin, Texas. FHL microfilm and digital images. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. <!--bibdescend-->
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"Texas Deaths 1890-1976," digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (familysearch.org: accessed 7 April 2011), 1978 &gt; vol 9, Jan, certificates 4001-4500, Milam-Smith Counties &gt; Image 543 of 543 images. Hilmar Willie Jonas, January 12, 1978; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 2,073,674; Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics, Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas.&nbsp;Digital images of originals housed at the State Registrar Office in Austin, Texas. FHL microfilm and digital images. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  
  
 
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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 .

Contents

Record Description

Images of Texas statewide death certificates, including delayed certificates, from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. Additional certificates will be added to the collection as they become available.

For a list of records by dates and localities currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

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.

Department of Health. Texas, death certificates. Bureau of Vital Statistics, Austin, Texas.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The certificates usually include the following:

Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 (10-0853) (11-1033) (11-1133).jpg
  • Name of the deceased
  • Death date and place
  • Burial date and place
  • Birth date and place
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Name of informant
  • Marital status
  • Occupation

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know the following:

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

Search the Collection

The collection is browse only so you will need to look at the images one at a time until you find your ancestor. 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. It may be helpful to keep a list of the names, certificate numbers, and DGS Film number of individuals with the same last name. That way you can easily return to them if you need to.

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:

  • 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

  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The name of the cemetery may be 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.
  • Others with the same last name could be children, siblings, parents, or other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby.
  • 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.

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. The following index, Texas Death Index, 1964-1998, is available on FamilySearch.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

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

Related Websites

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

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 Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Texas Deaths 1890-1976," digital images, FamilySearch (familysearch.org: accessed 7 April 2011), 1978 > vol 9, Jan, certificates 4001-4500, Milam-Smith Counties > Image 543 of 543 images. Hilmar Willie Jonas, January 12, 1978; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 2,073,674; Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics, Texas Department of Health, Austin, Texas. Digital images of originals housed at the State Registrar Office in Austin, Texas. FHL microfilm and digital images. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.