Georgia Death Index (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
Record Description
Record Type Death Index
Collection years 1933-1998
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes a death index to records from the Georgia Health Department, Office of Vital Records, for the years 1933 to 1998.
The index is provided by Ancestry.com. It should be noted that Mcduffie County is indexed as Mcduffe.

Collection Content

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The index lists the following information:

  • Name of Deceased
  • Name of Father
  • Name of Mother
  • Name of Spouse
  • Place of Death
  • Gender
  • Age at Death
  • Date of Death
  • Certificate Number or Page Number
  • GSU Film Number
  • DGS Number
  • Image Number

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate death date.
  • The place where the death occurred.
  • The names of family members and their relationships.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals 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:

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Tips and Tricks.

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 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.
  • 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.

Collection Citation:

"Georgia Death Index, 1933-1998." Database FamilySearch.http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2016. From "Georgia Deaths, 1919-98." Database. Ancestry. http://www.ancestry.com : 2001. Citing Georgia Health Department, Office of Vital Records, Atlanta.

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 Georgia Death Index, 1933-1998.

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