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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Alabama, United States Genealogy|Alabama]]''
  
== Record Description ==
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| RW_URL_01 =[http://adph.org/vitalrecords/index.asp?id=1560 Alabama Department of Public Health]. Where to write for Alabama death certificates.
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This Collection will include records from 1908 to 1974.<br>
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== What Is in the Collection ==
  
Each death was recorded on a one-page pre-printed form.<br>
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This collection consists is an index to death certificates from the state of Alabama for the years 1908 to 1974.  
  
Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.  
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Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates. The information pertaining to death is reliable; including cause of death, name of the attending physician or medical professional, name and address of the funeral home used, and the exact date and place of burial. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.  
  
Information pertaining to death is reliable; including cause of death, name of the attending physician or medical professional, name and address of the funeral home used, and the exact date and place of burial. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.  
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The trend of keeping state-wide death records throughout the United States expanded in the early 20th century after Congress passed a resolution in 1901 asking each state to gather information about births and deaths on a statewide basis. Because Congress did not fund it, it took several more years before it happened in every state. Death certificates were usually filled out by a mortician or medical professional. They filled in the information concerning the death and then obtained personal information on the deceased from an informant, usually a relative. Then, they sent the information to the county, who sent a copy to the state.  
  
<br>The trend of keeping state-wide death records throughout the United States expanded in the early 20th century after Congress passed a resolution in 1901 asking each state to gather information about births and deaths on a statewide basis. Because Congress did not fund it, it took several more years before it happened in every state. Death certificates were usually filled out by a mortician or medical professional. They filled in the information concerning the death and then obtained personal information on the deceased from an informant, usually a relative. Then, they sent the information to the county, who sent a copy to the state.  
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The state of Alabama has recorded deaths from 1 January 1908. Be aware that although recording of deaths was mandatory, the state did not achieve 90 percent compliance of death registration until 1925.
  
Alabama has recorded deaths from 1 January 1908.
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Image  ===
  
Though recording of deaths was mandatory, the state did not achieve 90 percent compliance of death registration until 1925.
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Image:Alabama Statewide Death Record DGS 415116 12.jpg|Death Certificate
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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{{Collection citation
 
| text =Alabama Department of Health. Montgomery, Alabama, Alabama Statewide Deaths. Alabama Department of Health.}}
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
The following information is generally found in these records:
 
 
 
[[Image:Alabama Statewide Death Record DGS 415116 12.jpg|thumb|right|Alabama Statewide Death Record DGS 415116 12.jpg]]
 
  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me?==
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'''The certificates''' ususally include: <br>
 
*Dates of death and burial  
 
*Dates of death and burial  
 
*Frequently, birth date of the deceased  
 
*Frequently, birth date of the deceased  
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*Whether the deceased was single, married, widowed, or divorced at the time of death  
 
*Whether the deceased was single, married, widowed, or divorced at the time of death  
 
*Occupation of the deceased
 
*Occupation of the deceased
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'''The index''' usually includes:<br>
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*Name of deceased
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*Death date and place
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*Last residence
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*Burial date and place
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*Birth date and place
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*Names of parents
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*Name of spouse
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== How to Use the Records ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors 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.  
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*The name of the individual
 
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*The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to deaths make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
 
 
'''When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:'''
 
 
 
*The place where the death occurred
 
*The name of the person at the time of death
 
*The approximate death date
 
 
 
Compare the information in the death record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
'''For example:'''
 
 
 
*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.
 
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*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.
 
 
 
'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
 
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
  
'''Keep in mind:'''  
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=== Search the Index ===
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Search by name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1307888 Collection Page].
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#Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
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#Click '''Search''' to show possible matches
  
*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
  
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
 
  
== Related Websites  ==
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
[http://adph.org/vitalrecords/index.asp?id=1560 Alabama Department of Public Health]. Where to write for Alabama death certificates.  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to locate funeral home, obituary or cemetery record.
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*Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and probate records.
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*Use the information to find additional family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Alabama Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
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*Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.  Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. 
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.  
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Alabama, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=356&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Alabama%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Adeaths FamilySearch Library Catalog] .
  
*[[Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records|Alabama Birth, Marriage and Death Records]]
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== Citing This Collection ==
*[[United States, How to UseDeath Records|United States, How to Use Death Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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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. <br><br> '''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Department of Health, Montgomery.}} <br><br>
  
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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'''[[Alabama_Deaths_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#top|Top of Page]]'''
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Death Certificate
Collection years 1908-1974
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What Is in the Collection

This collection consists is an index to death certificates from the state of Alabama for the years 1908 to 1974.

Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates. The information pertaining to death is reliable; including cause of death, name of the attending physician or medical professional, name and address of the funeral home used, and the exact date and place of burial. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.

The trend of keeping state-wide death records throughout the United States expanded in the early 20th century after Congress passed a resolution in 1901 asking each state to gather information about births and deaths on a statewide basis. Because Congress did not fund it, it took several more years before it happened in every state. Death certificates were usually filled out by a mortician or medical professional. They filled in the information concerning the death and then obtained personal information on the deceased from an informant, usually a relative. Then, they sent the information to the county, who sent a copy to the state.

The state of Alabama has recorded deaths from 1 January 1908. Be aware that although recording of deaths was mandatory, the state did not achieve 90 percent compliance of death registration until 1925.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The certificates ususally include:

  • Dates of death and burial
  • Frequently, birth date of the deceased
  • City, county, and state of death
  • Name and location of the cemetery where buried
  • Frequently, the country or state and sometimes the town and county of birth for the deceased
  • Frequently, the country or state and sometimes the town and county of birth for the parents
  • Name of the deceased
  • Married name of spouse
  • Names of parents, often with maiden surname of the mother
  • Name of the informant, who is often a child or other family member
  • Age of the deceased usually in years, months, and days
  • Sex of the deceased
  • Residence or address of the deceased, often including length of residence at that place or in the United States, if foreign-born
  • Whether the deceased was single, married, widowed, or divorced at the time of death
  • Occupation of the deceased

The index usually includes:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date and place
  • Last residence
  • Burial date and place
  • Birth date and place
  • Names of parents
  • Name of spouse
 

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


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

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information to locate funeral home, obituary or cemetery record.
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and probate records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Alabama, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog .

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:

"Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Department of Health, Montgomery.

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 Alabama, Deaths 1908-1974.


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