District of Columbia Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840-1964 .
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|District of Columbia, United States|
|Flag of District of Columbia|
|Location of District of Columbia|
|Record Type||Death and Burial Index|
|Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City|
What is in the Collection?
This index is an electronic index for the years 1840 to 1964. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.
|| Births and Christenings, 1849-1854
|| Marriages, 1849-1854
|| Deaths and Burials, 1840-1964|
| District of Columbia
For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Deaths and Burials Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).
How do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The place where the death occurred
- The name of the person at the time of death
- The approximate death date
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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 indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
What Do I Do Next?
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.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
- Use the death date or age along with the place of death 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.
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
- The name of the informant may be a relative. This can be helpful in identifying your ancestor.
- 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.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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.
- "District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840-1964." Database. FamilySearch. FamilySearch: accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
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 District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840-1964.|
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