United States, Panama Canal Zone, Index to the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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This collection contains a partial index to the mortuary's registers of military personnel, canal employees and canal zone civilians processed through the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary. Acquired from the National Archives "Access to Archival Databases" (AAD). The records are from Record Group 185 Records of the Panama Canal. See also ARC Identifier 570981. Additional information about this collection may be found on the National Archives website.
The following seven years are not included in this collection: 1912, 1917, 1918, 1955, 1960, 1965, and 1980. Gorgas Hospital, located in the Panama Canal Zone, was run by the U.S. Army, but is now under Panamanian control.
Facts found in this collection may include:
- Full name
- Date and place of death
- Burial place
- Estimated birth year
How to Use the Record
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- Ancestor’s name
- Other identifying information about your ancestor, such as birth date or death date and place.
Search the Collection
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To search this collection, it would be helpful to know the following information: To begin your search, it is helpful to know the name and some other identifying information such as the birth place or birth date. 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.
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Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the age and the estimated birth year to calculate an approximate birth date.
- Use the date and place of death to find the family in census records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- If you are unable to find your ancestor search for nicknames and various spellings of names.
- Not each record contains the same data. For example, some records may be missing the place of death, age, or date of place.
NARA Series Description To reach the series description, click on the above link, then type "Gorgas" into the search bar, then look for the record title "Index to the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Registers," Record Group 185, and click on the "Search" icon.
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- "United States, Panama Canal Zone, Index to the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Registers, 1906-1991." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Department of Defense. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
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