Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Texas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Death
Collection years 1977-1986
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes images of Texas statewide death certificates, including delayed certificates, from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. Additional certificates will be added to the collection as they become available.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The certificates usually include the following:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Death date and place
  • Burial date and place
  • Birth date and place
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Name of informant
  • Marital status
  • Occupation

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know:

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

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Year"
⇒Select the appropriate "Certificate and County Range" which takes you to the images.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy 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.

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.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The name of the cemetery may be 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.

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. The following index, Texas Death Index, 1964-1998, is available on FamilySearch.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.


For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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:

"Texas Deaths, 1977-1986." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics, Austin, Texas.

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 Texas Deaths, 1977-1986.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas Deaths, 1977-1986.

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