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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.
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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.
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.
The certificates usually include the following:
- 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
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).
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Related Wiki Articles
- Texas Death Records, 1890-1976 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Texas Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Texas History
- Texas Vital Records
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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.
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