California, San Francisco Funeral Home Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States
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Location of San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
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Location of California
Record Description
Record Type Funeral Home Records
Collection years 1910-1949
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of images of funeral ledgers from the Harry Glynn Funeral Home, located in San Francisco for the years 1910 to 1949.


To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Francisco Funeral Home Records, 1910-1949.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Funeral home records usually contain:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Age of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Name of physician

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of your deceased ancestor
  • The death date
  • Age at time of death
  • Residence
  • Names of other relatives

Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Volume Title, Year Range and Letter" category which takes you to the images.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the funeral home record to identify religion, death date, and relatives
  • Use the age in the record to find an approximate birth year to find other records such as birth, census, and death records.
  • Use the information in each record to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of California, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the California Archives and Libraries.



Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.


Collection Citation:

“California, San Francisco Funeral Home Records, 1910-1949.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Glynn Ed, Private Collection, Watsonville, California.

Image Citation

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.


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