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== What is in the Collection? ==
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The collection "Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961" consists of a name index and images of Delaware statewide death records.
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The collection "Delaware Church Deaths, 1750-1886" consists of an index to Delaware church records, mostly from the city of Wilmington.
  
== Record Description ==
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== Collection Content ==
  
The collection consists of a name index and images of Delaware statewide death records. It covers the years 1855 to 1955. From 1855 to 1910, the death records are arranged by year then alphabetically by the name of the deceased person. From 1910 to 1955, the death records are arranged by year then by certificate number.  
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===  Sample Images ===
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Image:Delaware, Death Records (08-0389) (12-1284) Index to Death Records DGS 4252480_259.jpg|Index to Death Records
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Image:Delaware, Death Records (08-0389) (12-1284) Death Certificate Example 1 DGS 4252985_367.jpg|Death Certificate Example 1
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Image:Delaware, Death Records (08-0389) (12-1284) Death Certificate Example 2 DGS 4252985_1782.jpg|Death Certificate Example 2
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=== Citation For This Collection  ===
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Death records include certificates, returns, physicians’ certificates and coroner’s returns. Death returns were turned into the State by county clerks prior to the creation of death certificates.
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
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On July 1, 1913, the state of Delaware established a law requiring the registration of births, deaths, and marriages and created the Bureau of Vital Statistics as an agency of the State Board of Health. Death records have been submitted to the Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics since 1913. The city of Wilmington also has a register of vital statistics.  
  
{{Collection citation | text= "Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1955." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics. Hall of Records, Dover.}}
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The Delaware Public Archives has death certificates created since 1855 up to 1961. The Archives also hosts files of early death records that were compiled from sources including tombstones, newspapers and family Bibles. The Public Archives also has records of some deaths that have not been indexed.  
  
[[Delaware State Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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Death records are considered to be primary source records. Information in these records is usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant. For example, a coroner would be able to give reliable information about the date, time, and cause of death, but might not know personal details about the deceased.
  
== Record Content  ==
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
  
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Delaware death certificates usually include:  
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*Name of deceased  
 
*Name of deceased  
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*Date and place of burial
 
*Date and place of burial
  
Delaware death certificates may also include:  
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The Delaware death certificates may also include:  
  
 
*Name of undertaker  
 
*Name of undertaker  
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*More place of death information, (name of village, hundred, etc.)
 
*More place of death information, (name of village, hundred, etc.)
  
== How to Use the Records ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:  
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To begin your search you need to know the following:  
  
*The place where the death occurred
 
 
*The name of the person at the time of death  
 
*The name of the person at the time of death  
*The approximate death date
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*Other identifying information such as the death date or place
  
==== Search the Collection ====
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'''Delaware Church Deaths, 1750-1886'''
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2340266?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>
  
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 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:  
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'''Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961'''
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1520546?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>
  
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Fill in the requested information on 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.<br>
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{{Tip|To browse images in the Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961 collection, use the search instructions above.  Once you have found the record, click on the link "View the original document".}}
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Keep in mind:
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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*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.  
 
*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.
 
*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.
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/61369|Delaware Church Deaths, 1750-1886
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]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
 
 
==== Using the Information  ====
 
  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
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.  
 
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.  
  
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===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===
 
*Use the information from this index to locate the original death record which usually contains additional information.  
 
*Use the information from this index to locate the original death record which usually contains additional information.  
 
*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 or verify their birth records and parents' names.  
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*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land 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.
 
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
 
*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.&nbsp;
 
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
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*Indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
*Indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
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===I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?===
  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Look for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Search the related collection [[Delaware, Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*Search the related collection [[Delaware, Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
 
==== General Information About These Records  ====
 
 
Death records include certificates, returns, physicians’ certificates and coroner’s returns. Death returns were turned into the State by county clerks prior to creation of death certificates.
 
 
On July 1, 1913, the state of Delaware established a law requiring the registration of births, deaths, and marriages and created the Bureau of Vital Statistics as an agency of the State Board of Health. Death records have been submitted to the Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics since 1913. The city of Wilmington also has a register of vital statistics.
 
 
The Delaware Public Archives has death certificates created since 1913 up to 1967. The Archives also hosts files of early death records that were compiled from sources including tombstones, newspapers and family Bibles. The Public Archives also has records of some deaths that have not been indexed.
 
 
Death records are considered to be primary source records. Information in these records is usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant. For example, a coroner would be able to give reliable information about the date, time, and cause of death, but might not know personal details about the deceased.
 
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Delaware State Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org 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.  
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Delaware-Death-Records-1855-1961-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org 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.
  
== Related Websites ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
[http://www.deathindexes.com/delaware/index.html Online Delaware Death Index]
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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.
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961" and "Delaware Church Deaths, 1750-1886." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Bureau of Archives and Records Management. Hall of Records, Dover.}}
  
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'''[[Delaware_Death_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#Citing_this_Collection#top|Top of Page]]'''
 
 
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.
 
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
 
 
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata &gt; San Ponciano &gt; Matrimonios 1884-1886 &gt; image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clementina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.
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Delaware, United States
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Record Type Death
Collection years 1750-1961
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What is in the Collection?

The collection "Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961" consists of a name index and images of Delaware statewide death records.

The collection "Delaware Church Deaths, 1750-1886" consists of an index to Delaware church records, mostly from the city of Wilmington.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Death records include certificates, returns, physicians’ certificates and coroner’s returns. Death returns were turned into the State by county clerks prior to the creation of death certificates.

On July 1, 1913, the state of Delaware established a law requiring the registration of births, deaths, and marriages and created the Bureau of Vital Statistics as an agency of the State Board of Health. Death records have been submitted to the Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics since 1913. The city of Wilmington also has a register of vital statistics.

The Delaware Public Archives has death certificates created since 1855 up to 1961. The Archives also hosts files of early death records that were compiled from sources including tombstones, newspapers and family Bibles. The Public Archives also has records of some deaths that have not been indexed.

Death records are considered to be primary source records. Information in these records is usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant. For example, a coroner would be able to give reliable information about the date, time, and cause of death, but might not know personal details about the deceased.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Delaware death certificates usually include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Age, gender and race of deceased
  • Father's name and place of birth
  • Mother's maiden name and place of birth
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Occupation of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Place of residence
  • Date and place of burial

The Delaware death certificates may also include:

  • Name of undertaker
  • Date of burial
  • More place of death information, (name of village, hundred, etc.)

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search you need to know the following:

  • The name of the person at the time of death
  • Other identifying information such as the death date or place

Delaware Church Deaths, 1750-1886 Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:

Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961 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 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.

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 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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information from this index to locate the original death record which usually contains additional information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Look at the name of the informant. This is often a relative.
  • Indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

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:

"Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961" and "Delaware Church Deaths, 1750-1886." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Bureau of Archives and Records Management. Hall of Records, Dover.

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 Delaware Church Deaths, 1750-1886.

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 Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961.

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 Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961.

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