Virginia, Fluvanna County Colbert Funeral Home Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Virginia, Fluvanna County Colbert Funeral Home Records, 1929-1976 .
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|Fluvanna, Virginia, United States|
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|Location of Fluvanna County, Virginia|
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|Record Type||Funeral home|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This collection includes images of Colbert Funeral Home records. The funeral home was located in Bremo Bluff and served residents of Fluvanna County and surrounding counties. Each volume is indexed except for the one covering 1973-1976.This collection include records from 1929 to 1976.
Funeral records are business documents and normally involve loose papers and/or bound volumes. These records generally include the death certificate or death certificate information and financial ledgers or papers showing the costs involved with arranging the funeral of the individual.
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Most funeral homes came into existence in the early twentieth century. Funeral records are generally a late nineteenth, early twentieth century record. Embalming within the United States was not a widely accepted practice until the Civil War and the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Most funerals prior to the early twentieth century were a family and friends event taking place at the decedent’s home with burial taking place within twenty-four to forty-eight hours of death. Funeral homes or parlors were not used and caskets were made by the local cabinet or furniture maker. Large cities are more likely to have earlier funeral home records. Most rural areas did not have funeral homes until the early twentieth century. Funeral directors are now responsible for initiating and filing the death certificate. Since the 1950s, many funeral homes have merged with other firms or gone out of business. Funeral records are generally recorded in the locality where the person resided or is buried. They were not used by the general population until local regulations required embalming and the use of a funeral home became a generally accepted practice.
Funeral records are generally recorded in the locality where the person resided or is buried. They were not used by the general population until local regulations required embalming and the use of a funeral home became a generally accepted practice.
The name of the decedent, death date, and death place are quite reliable. Burial information will be reliable unless the body was transported to another locality. Other information provided will only be as reliable as the informant’s knowledge or memory.
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
Funeral records include death certificates, ledgers, and miscellaneous loose papers. Information in entries includes:
- Name, age and race of deceased
- Death date and place of deceased
- Residence of deceased
- Burial date and place of deceased
- Birth date and place of deceased
- Name and birth place of father of deceased
- Maiden name and birth place of mother of deceased
- Name of informant
- Date and place of funeral
- Date and place of burial
- Religious preference
- Names of surviving family members
- Names of other relatives or friends
- Copy of obituary or notes used to prepare obituary
- List of newspapers where obituary was placed
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- Name of the deceased
- Identifying information such as the death date and names of close relatives
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Date Range"
⇒Select the "Record Type" which takes you to the images.
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. 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.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Use funeral home records to identify useful information not found on the death certificate.
- The records may contain a list of the surviving immediate relatives, sometimes the names of grandchildren, in-laws, and other relatives.
- The record could provide residences for the listed relatives.
- A copy of the obituary or notes used to prepare the obituary may be in the record, along with a record of newspapers where the obituary was placed.
- Records may also contain information regarding former residences, education, church affiliation, military service, memberships in clubs, lodges, and other organizations.
- The records may include details of the grave location or type of marker.
- Notes regarding the funeral services, such as the officiating minister, pallbearers, and music may also be included.
- Information may also include life insurance information where additional genealogical information could be obtained.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?
- Look for variant spellings of the names.
- Look for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the records of nearby funeral homes.
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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.
- "Virginia, Fluvanna County Colbert Funeral Home Records, 1929-1976." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Colbert Funeral Home, Bremo Bluff.
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