Maine Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Maine, United States
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Location of Maine
Record Description
Record Type Death Index
Collection years 1960-1996
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What is in the Collection?

This collection contains a death index with the years 1960-1996, by the Maine Department of Human Services from the Maine State Archives. The data for the year 1996 is not complete.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Maine Death Index, 1960-1996.

Collection Content

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Key genealogical facts found in this index include:

  • Name
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Age
  • City or town code
  • Certificate number

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know

  • The name
  • Identifying information such as approximate age at the time of death

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:

  • 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 these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. The information may lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the certificate number to request a copy of the death certificate.
  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date.
  • Use the location find the family in census, church, and land records.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same place or nearby.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.

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

"Maine, Death Index, 1960-1996." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Maine State Archives, Augusta.


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 Maine, Death Index, 1960-1996.

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