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|title=Texas Death Index, 1964-1998
== Record Description ==
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The collection consists of a name index to Texas statewide death certificates for 4 million people who died since between 1964 and 1998.  
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| FS_URL_02 = [[Texas Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] 
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/tx/death/search.cgi Texas Death Records]
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| RW_URL_02 = [http://www.deathindexes.com/texas/index.html Online Texas Death Records &amp; Indexes] 
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Standard forms for death certificates and report of death were filled out by a county clerk, mortician or medical professional, who talked to the informant. The certificates were filed with county clerks or local registrars, who forwarded the information to the Texas Department of Health, now known as the Texas Department of State Health Services.&nbsp;
 
  
Texas has recorded deaths from 1903 to the present, plus about 250 registrations from the 1890s-1939 and nearly 2,000 delayed registrations of death from 1890s-1990, as reported from obituaries and probate records.&nbsp;
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== What Is in the Collection?  ==
  
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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The collection consists of a name index to Texas statewide death certificates for 4 million people who died  between 1964 and 1998.  Standard forms for death certificates and report of death were filled out by a county clerk, mortician or medical professional, who talked to the informant. The certificates were filed with county clerks or local registrars, who forwarded the information to the Texas Department of Health, now known as the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  
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. The other information is usually provided by the informant (often a family member).  
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Texas has recorded deaths from 1903 to the present, plus about 250 registrations from the 1890s-1939 and nearly 2,000 delayed registrations of death from 1890s-1990, as reported from obituaries and probate records.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. 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. The other information is usually provided by the informant (often a family member). This is an index only Collection.
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
  
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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===To Browse This Collection===
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{{Collection citation | text= "Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Department of State Health Services, Austin.}}
 
  
[[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (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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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
 
Information in the index:  
 
Information in the index:  
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*Starting around 1911, give the occupation of the deceased and may identify the employer
 
*Starting around 1911, give the occupation of the deceased and may identify the employer
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
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To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:  
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*The name of the person at the time of death.
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*The place where the death occurred.
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*The approximate death date.
  
*The name of the person at the time of death
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor. 
*The place where the death occurred
 
*The approximate death date
 
  
=== Search the Collection ===
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1375599?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>
  
To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes 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 look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
 
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
*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 video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
  
=== Using the Information  ===
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Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members. 
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
  
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:
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*Use the information to obtain the actual death certificate.
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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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*[[Texas Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*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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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
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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.
*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
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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 [[Texas, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Texas Archives and Libraries]].
  
=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
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<br> 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)]].
  
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
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== Citing This Collection ==
*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.
 
*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.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
  
=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
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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. &nbsp;
  
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Department of State Health Services, Austin.}}<br><br>
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
 
  
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)]].
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*Length of time since the event. Birth information or age for an adult may not be exact.
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'''[[Texas,_Death_Index,_1964-1998_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#Citing_this_Collection#top|Top of Page]]'''
*If the informant knew the answers to the questions. An adult child or sibling of the deceased was more likely to know the answers. Women tended to learn and remember family information more often than men.
 
*The informant’s interest in giving accurate information. Some information may have been colored by family secrets, etc.
 
*Emotional state of the informant. Emotions generated by death may have degraded the quality of the information.
 
 
 
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].
 
 
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
 
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (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.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/tx/death/search.cgi Texas Death Records]
 
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/texas/index.html Online Texas Death Records &amp; Indexes]
 
*[http://www.genealogybranches.com/texas.html Texas Vital Records <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1317061310386_1" />Indexes]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Texas|Texas]]
 
*[[Texas Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
*[[Texas Vital Records]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
  
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
 
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[[Category:Texas_FamilySearch_Historical_Records|Death]]
== 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.
 
 
 
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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Record Type Death Index
Collection years 1964-1998
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What Is in the Collection?

The collection consists of a name index to Texas statewide death certificates for 4 million people who died between 1964 and 1998. Standard forms for death certificates and report of death were filled out by a county clerk, mortician or medical professional, who talked to the informant. The certificates were filed with county clerks or local registrars, who forwarded the information to the Texas Department of Health, now known as the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Texas has recorded deaths from 1903 to the present, plus about 250 registrations from the 1890s-1939 and nearly 2,000 delayed registrations of death from 1890s-1990, as reported from obituaries and probate records.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. 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. The other information is usually provided by the informant (often a family member). This is an index only Collection.


To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas Death Index, 1964-1998.


What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information in the index:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Gender
  • Marital status

Important genealogical facts in death entries:

  • Date of death for the deceased. Starting around 1911, the records increasingly include the burial and birth dates and places.
  • Place of death for the deceased. Starting around 1911, the records increasingly include the cemetery name where buried, as well as the birthplace (the state and sometimes town or county).
  • Name of the deceased. Starting around 1911, the records increasingly include the name of the spouse and parents, often with maiden surnames of women. The informant, who is often a child or other family member, is also named.
  • Starting around 1911, the records increasingly note the names of the spouse and parents
  • Starting around 1911, indicate whether the deceased was single, married, widowed, or divorced at the time of death
  • Starting around 1911, give the occupation of the deceased and may identify the employer

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of the person at the time of death.
  • The place where the death occurred.
  • The approximate death date.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:


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

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information to obtain the actual death certificate.
  • 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 Texas, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Texas Archives and Libraries.


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

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, Death Index, 1964-1998." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Department of State Health Services, Austin.

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, Death Index, 1964-1998.


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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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