Florida Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939
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|Location of Florida|
|Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of an index of Florida death records created by Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics in Jacksonville, Florida. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at Family History Centers. The collection covers the years 1877 to 1939. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.
The record consists of printed death certificate forms filled in by hand or typed. The data was obtained from the Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics Vital Records. Although Key West and other Florida cities began keeping vital records as early as 1865, statewide registration officially began recording birth and death events in 1927. The records cover virtually all the people who died in Florida during the noted years. Death certificates were created to record deaths in Florida in compliance with state law to answer the need for accurate statistical data on deaths and epidemics. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates. Information pertaining to death is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person at the time of death
- The approximate date of death
- The place where the death occurred
- The names of family members and their relationships
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- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the information found on the death record to search for the family in census records
- Search for cemetery records
- Search for obituaries in local newspapers
- Search for other records in the county where the family lived
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
- 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 Florida.
- Florida Guided Research
- Florida Record Finder
- Florida Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Florida Research, 1880-Present
FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]
FamilySearch Historical Records[edit | edit source]
- Florida Deaths and Burials, 1900-1921
- Florida Death Index, 1877-1998
- Florida Probate Records, 1784-1990
FamilySearch Digital Library[edit | edit source]
- Florida Historical Records Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration. Guide to public vital statistics records in Florida. Jacksonville, Florida : Florida Historical Records Survey, 1941
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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