Virginia, Death Certificates - FamilySearch Historical Records
|Access the Records|
Virginia, Death Certificates,1912-1987
|This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.|
|Flag of Virginia|
|Location of Virginia|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The collection contains images of death certificates from the Virginia State Department of Health. Certificate images courtesy of Ancestry.com.
Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images. For additional information about image restrictions see Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.
To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Virginia,Death Certificates,1912-1987.|
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Name of the deceased
- Residence of the deceased
- Approximate date of death
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
Information found in death records may include:
- Name of deceased
- Date and place of birth
- Date and place of death
- Date and place of burial
- Marital status
- Parent's names
- Parent's birth place
- Genealogical Society of Utah microfilm number
- Volume, page, and certificate number
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]View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
- Select Place
- Select Year Range to view the 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]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find or verify their birth records and parents' names
- Use the death date or age along with the place of death 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
- The name of the informant may be a relative. This can be helpful in identifying your ancestor
- 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
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
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 nicknames and abbreviated names
- Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Virginia.
- Virginia Guided Research
- Virginia Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Virginia Research, 1880-Present
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.