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This Collection will include Texas Death records from 1890 to 1986.
 
  
Texas has recorded deaths from 1903 to the present, plus about 250 registrations from 1890-1939 and nearly 2,000 delayed registrations of death from 1890s-1990, as reported from obituaries and probate records.
 
  
The collection consists of images of Texas statewide death certificates--including delayed certificates, foreign deaths, and probate obituaries--from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. The delayed records are grouped with regular death certificates and, although frequently located in the final few volumes of a given year, can sometimes be found interspersed throughout a volume set.
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
  
For the years 1903-1909, two small pre-printed “report of death” forms are on one page. From 1911 on, each death was recorded on a one-page pre-printed “standard death certificate” form. The year 1910 has a mixture of reports of death and standard death certificates.  
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This collection includes Texas Death records from 1890 to 1976.  
  
Death Certificates 1903-1909 are arranged by County and Year, then are listed alphabetically by the first letter of the surname only. After the certificates were arranged in this manner, they were numbered in a single sequence running through that arrangement (Certificates 1-61,752 in 141 volumes).
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Certificates for 1910 are generally arranged by Surname and then Given Name(s). The certificates were then numbered.
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Image Visibility  ===
  
Certificates beginning with 1911 were arranged by year, month, then county. The arrangement below that appears to vary: Bexar county certificates appear to be generally in reverse alphabetical order by surname; some other counties appear to be in proper alphabetical order, while others appear to be in random order.  
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The Texas, Deaths (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976 collection is available only to those using a FamilySearch Account. Microfilms of these records are available for viewing at a [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator Family History Center]. Please see [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Using_the_Family_History_Library_Catalog Using the FamilySearch Catalog] to find a microfilm and see [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ordering_Microfilm_or_Microfiche_from_a_Family_History_Center Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche]
  
Beginning with 1911 and continuing at least through 1976, the certificates were bound in volumes by year and numbered with a repeating sequence of numbers for each year.
 
  
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;
 
  
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). The reliability of this information depends upon the following:
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Texas has recorded deaths from 1903 to the present, plus about 250 registrations from 1890-1939 and nearly 2,000 delayed registrations of death from 1890s-1990, as reported from obituaries and probate records.  
  
*Length of time since the event. Birth information or age for an adult may not be exact.
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The collection consists of images of Texas statewide death certificates--including delayed certificates, foreign deaths, and probate obituaries--from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. The delayed records are grouped with regular death certificates and, although frequently located in the final few volumes of a given year, can sometimes be found interspersed throughout a volume set.  
*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.
 
  
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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For the years 1903-1909, two small pre-printed “report of death” forms are on one page. From 1911 on, each death was recorded on a one-page pre-printed “standard death certificate” form. The year 1910 has a mixture of reports of death and standard death certificates.  
  
For a list of record types and dates currently published in the Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976 (New Index, New Images) collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1983324/waypoints Browse].  
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Death Certificates 1903-1909 are arranged by County and Year, then are listed alphabetically by the first letter of the surname only. After the certificates were arranged in this manner, they were numbered in a single sequence running through that arrangement (Certificates 1-61,752 in 141 volumes).  
  
For a list of records by dates and localities currently published in the Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1930157/waypoints Browse].  
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Certificates for 1910 are generally arranged by Surname and then Given Name(s). The certificates were then numbered.  
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Certificates beginning with 1911 were arranged by year, month, then county. The arrangement below that appears to vary: Bexar county certificates appear to be generally in reverse alphabetical order by surname; some other counties appear to be in proper alphabetical order, while others appear to be in random order.
  
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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Beginning with 1911 and continuing at least through 1976, the certificates were bound in volumes by year and numbered with a repeating sequence of numbers for each year.  
 
 
{{Collection citation|text = <!--bibdescbegin-->Bureau of Vital Statistics. Texas Deaths Records. State Registrar Office, Austin, Texas.<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
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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.
Image:Texas Death Certificate DGS 4167924 52.jpg|Death Certificate
 
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Important genealogical facts usually contained in death records:
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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Facts usually contained in death records:  
  
*Name of deceased
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*Name of deceased  
*Date and place of death
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*Date and place of death  
*Age in years, months and days
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*Age in years, months and days  
*Gender, race and marital status of deceased
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*Gender, race and marital status of deceased  
*Name of hospital or institution in which died
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*Name of hospital or institution in which died  
*Cause of death
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*Cause of death  
*Residence of deceased
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*Residence of deceased  
*Date and place of birth
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*Date and place of birth  
*Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
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*Names of parents, including maiden name of mother  
*Birthplace of parents
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*Birthplace of parents  
*Name of informant, usually a relative
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*Name of informant, usually a relative  
*Date and place of burial
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*Date and place of burial  
 
*Name of mortuary or undertaker
 
*Name of mortuary or undertaker
  
== How to Use the Records ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
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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To begin your search you will need to know:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate date of death.
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*The place where the death occurred.
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*The names of family members and their relationships.  
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the "Record Type" category<br> ⇒Select the "Year Range" category<br> ⇒Select the "Item of Interest" category which takes you to the images.<br>
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1983324?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>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.  
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1983324/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Year Range" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Item of Interest" which takes you to the images.  
  
To begin your search you will need to know the following:
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Look at each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
  
*The place where the death occurred
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Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
*The name of the person at the time of death
 
*The death date
 
  
==== Using the Information  ====
 
  
When you have located your ancestor’s 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.
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== What Do I Do Next?  ==
  
The following examples show ways you can use the information:
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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.
  
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=== 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 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 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 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  ====
 
 
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
 
*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 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.  
 
*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.  
*Others with the same last name could be children, siblings, parents, or other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby.
 
*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.
 
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
 
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
 
*Check for an index. Local historical and genealogical societies often have indexes to local records.  
 
*Check for an index. Local historical and genealogical societies often have indexes to local records.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*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)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Texas, Death Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Catalog.}}
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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)]].
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== 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 Records, 1890-1986 (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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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976 (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.  
  
There is also more information about Texas Vital Records at the FamilySearch Research Wiki [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Texas_Vital_Records here].
 
  
== Related Websites  ==
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==Citing this Collection==
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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.  
  
*[http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/tx/death/search.cgi Texas Death Records]
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Texas, Deaths (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, Austin.}} <br><br>
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/texas/index.html Online Texas Death Records &amp; Indexes]
 
*[http://www.genealogybranches.com/texas.html Texas Vital Records Indexes]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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'''Image citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
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*[[Texas|Texas]]
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
*[[Texas Death Records, 1977-1986 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Texas Vital Records]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
  
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
 
{{Contributor invite}}  
  
== 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|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Death
Collection years 1890-1976
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes Texas Death records from 1890 to 1976.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976.

Collection Content

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The Texas, Deaths (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976 collection is available only to those using a FamilySearch Account. Microfilms of these records are available for viewing at a Family History Center. Please see Using the FamilySearch Catalog to find a microfilm and see Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche


Texas has recorded deaths from 1903 to the present, plus about 250 registrations from 1890-1939 and nearly 2,000 delayed registrations of death from 1890s-1990, as reported from obituaries and probate records.

The collection consists of images of Texas statewide death certificates--including delayed certificates, foreign deaths, and probate obituaries--from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. The delayed records are grouped with regular death certificates and, although frequently located in the final few volumes of a given year, can sometimes be found interspersed throughout a volume set.

For the years 1903-1909, two small pre-printed “report of death” forms are on one page. From 1911 on, each death was recorded on a one-page pre-printed “standard death certificate” form. The year 1910 has a mixture of reports of death and standard death certificates.

Death Certificates 1903-1909 are arranged by County and Year, then are listed alphabetically by the first letter of the surname only. After the certificates were arranged in this manner, they were numbered in a single sequence running through that arrangement (Certificates 1-61,752 in 141 volumes).

Certificates for 1910 are generally arranged by Surname and then Given Name(s). The certificates were then numbered.

Certificates beginning with 1911 were arranged by year, month, then county. The arrangement below that appears to vary: Bexar county certificates appear to be generally in reverse alphabetical order by surname; some other counties appear to be in proper alphabetical order, while others appear to be in random order.

Beginning with 1911 and continuing at least through 1976, the certificates were bound in volumes by year and numbered with a repeating sequence of numbers for each year.

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.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Facts usually contained in death records:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Age in years, months and days
  • Gender, race and marital status of deceased
  • Name of hospital or institution in which died
  • Cause of death
  • Residence of deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Name of informant, usually a relative
  • Date and place of burial
  • Name of mortuary or undertaker

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 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 "Record Type"
⇒Select the appropriate "Year Range"
⇒Select the appropriate "Item of Interest" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.


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?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Check for an index. Local historical and genealogical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • 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

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 Wiki 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 (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, 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, Deaths, 1890-1976.

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, 1890-1976.

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.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.