Georgia Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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|This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.|
|Georgia, United States|
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|Location of Georgia|
|Department of Archives and History, Atlanta|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can these Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing this Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of an index and images for Georgia statewide deaths for the years 1914 to 1927, 1928 to 1940.
In 1919, Georgia law required the registration of deaths in the state. Some deaths were recorded for years before 1919. Prior to statewide registration, death records were recorded in some counties beginning in 1875. Though statewide registration was established in 1919, county officials were slow to respond to the law and most did not comply until 1928.
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Georgia, Deaths, 1914-1927.|
To Browse this Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Georgia, Deaths, 1928-1940.|
What Can these Records Tell Me?
The information found in death entries may include the following:
- Name of deceased
- Date and place of death including city, county and state
- Cause of death
- Birth date of deceased
- Estimated birth year of deceased
- Gender, race, age, marital status and occupation of deceased
- Name of spouse if married
- Father's name and birth place
- Mother's maiden name and birth place
- Name and location of cemetery
- Burial date
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. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.
How Do I Search the Collection?
To Search the Index to This Collection
- Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you know. This will provide possible a list of matches. Compare the information in the lists to what you already know to determine if you found the correct person.
- Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page
To Browse Images of the Records
- Check the indexes at the beginning or end. If your ancestor is in the index write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor so that you can then quickly turn to those pages.
- Go to the collection browse page.
- Select the Film name
- Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person.
For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
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 information to obtain the actual death certificate.
- Use the information to locate funeral home, obituary or cemetery record.
- Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and probate records.
- Use the information to find additional family members.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, 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 Georgia, United States Genealogy.
- Search in the Georgia Archives and Libraries.
Known Issues with This Collection
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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.
- "Georgia, Deaths, 1914-1927" and "Georgia, Deaths, 1928-1939." Database with Images. FamilySearch. Website: accessed 2017. Department of Archives and History, Atlanta.
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