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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find death information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the death section of the Isle of Man Guided Research page.

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Substitute Records

Additional Records with Death Information

Substitute records can contain information about more than one event, and are used when records for an event are not available. Because the substitute records may not be created at the time of the event, it may contain incorrect information. Search for as many substitute records as possible to corroborate information found in substitute records to help improve accuracy.

Use these substitute records to locate death information about your ancestor:
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Why to search the records
Civil Registration
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Starting in 1837, death registration lists the deceased's death date and place, gender, age, and their occupation (or parent's name if a child).
Probate Records
Isle of Man FS Probate Collections
Wills and probate list death date and place.
Cemetery Records
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Monumental or tombstone inscriptions and records created when a deceased individual was interred in a cemetery.
Military Records
Isle of Man FS Military Collections
Military records, after 1707, may include any death information for servicemen who died in service.
Newspapers
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Newspapers may contain death notices and obituaries.
Nonconformist Records
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Society of Friends (Quakers) and other nonconformist churches, such as the Presbyterian Church, also have death and burial parish registers.





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Tips for finding deaths

Successfully finding death records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth or death.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
  • Search county. Search using the county name only instead of by parish.




Why the Record may not Exist

Known Record Gaps

Records Start
Mandatory death registration started in 1878. Before 1878, deaths and burials can be found in church records (mainly the Church of England). The oldest burial records date to 1598.



Records Destroyed
Some church records may have been lost, destroyed, or damaged (especially in the early 1600s). More specific information is not known. Civil registration records are generally complete.








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