Minnesota Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002 .
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|Minnesota, United States|
|Flag of Minnesota|
|Location of Minnesota|
|Record Type||Death Index|
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of indexes to deaths from the Minnesota Department of Health in Minneapolis for the years 1908 to 2002. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.
The index lists the following information:
- Age at Death
- Estimated Birth Year
- DGS Number
- Date of Death
- Certificate Number or page number
- GSU Film Number
- Image number
- Name of Deceased
- Name of Father
- Name of Mother
- Name of Spouse
- Place of Death
- Page Number
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The name of the person at the time of death
- Identifying information such as the death date and place
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.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
Use the locator information found in the index (to locate your ancestor in the death records from the Minnesota Department of Health in Minneapolis.
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Continue to search the index and records to identify other relatives.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Minnesota, Death Records items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Minnesota 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.
- "Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis.
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 Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002.|
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