United States Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This is an index of some Deaths and burials throughout the United States. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.  This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

This index covers events from 1803 through 1961.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were married or died in the United States.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Genealogical Society of Utah. United States Deaths and Burials. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1867-1931 Marriages, 1770-1972 Deaths and Burials, 1903-1961
Alabama 0 0 12
Alaska 85 34 0
Arizona 0 0 9
Arkansas 0 0 15
California 0 0 70
Colorado 4,760 1,264 6
Connecticut 0 0 6
Delaware 0 0 1
District of Columbia 0 1 9
Florida 0 0 15
Georgia 0 0 1,336
Idaho 0 0 1
Illinois 0 0 67
Indiana 0 0 26
Iowa 0 0 21
Kansas 0 0 16
Kentucky 0 0 28
Louisiana 0 0 118
Maine 0 0 1
Maryland 0 0 16
Massachusetts 2 4,234 12
Michigan 0 0 24
Minnesota 0 0 21
Mississippi 0 0 11
Missouri 0 0 48
Montana 1,084 0 3
Nebraska 9,136 0 14
New Hampshire 0 0 1
New Jersey 0 0 25
New Mexico 0 0 3
New York 0 0 82
North Carolina 0 177 13
North Dakota 3,575 457 3
Ohio 1 0 67
Oregon 0 0 7
Pennsylvania 0 0 93
Rhode Island 0 0 3
South Carolina 2 0 13
South Dakota 378 60 2
Tennessee 0 0 17
Texas 1 0 31
United States 243 8 98
Utah 0 0 1
Vermont 0 0 3
Virginia 0 0 7
Washington 0 0 18
West Virginia 0 0 7
Wisconsin 0 0 18
Wyoming 594 0 1
Total 19,861 6,235 2,419

How to Use the Record

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.

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Related Websites

Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records

Related Wiki Articles

United States Death Records

United States How to Use Death Records

United States Vital Records

Contributions to This Article

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.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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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

"United States Deaths and Burials, 1867-1961."  database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org: accessed 8 April 2011).  Alphonso Taylor,18 July 1872; citing Burial Records, FHL microfilm 194,343; Index entries derived from digital copied of original and compiled records.