Delaware Death Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961
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|Delaware Public Archives, Dover|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues
- 7 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961, consists of an index to death records, primarily from the city of Wilmington. 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 Delaware Public Archives has death certificates created since 1855 up to 1961. The Archives also host 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.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- 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
- Name of undertaker
- Date of burial
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Delaware Death Records Digital Folder Number List.
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person
- The date of death
- The place of death
Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961[edit | edit source]
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]To view images in this collection:
- Look at the Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
- Go to the Browse Page
- Select the Film number to view the images
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
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 ancestor.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the information from this index to locate the original death record
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find birth records
- Search for the family in census records
- Search church records
- Search land records
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the surnames
- Search the related collection Delaware Vital Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Delaware.
- United States Death Records
- How to Find Delaware Death Records
- How to Find United States Death Records
- Delaware Guided Research
- Step-by-Step Research
Known Issues[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961[edit | edit source]
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