Arizona Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Arizona Deaths 1870-1951 .
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|Arizona, United States|
|Flag of Arizona|
|Location of Arizona|
|Record Type||Death Certificates|
- 1 What Is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is in This Collection?
The collection consists of images and an index of Arizona death certificates for the years 1870 to 1951. The certificates are arranged in chronological order within each county. Each death certificate was created on a pre-printed form.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The records usually include the following:
- Death certificate number
- Name of deceased
- Date of death
- Place of death
- Cause of death
- Birth date of deceased
- Birthplace of deceased
- Parents' names and their birthplace
- Physician's statement
- Cemetery and burial place
Statewide registration of vital statistics began in 1909 and the state achieved 90 percent compliance 1926. Some earlier records for 1887 to 1909 consist of deaths recorded by the individual counties where the death occurred. The counties that participated sent copies to the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the records are available at both places. The Office of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining and issuing certified copies of vital records, including death certificates for deaths that occurred in Arizona. The Office of Vital Records officially began recording birth and death events in July, 1909. However, it maintains a sampling of death records, from 1877, from other sources.
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The approximate date of death.
- The place where the death occurred.
- The names of other family members and their relationships.
Search the Index
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951. 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?
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.
What Do I Do Next?
- Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.
- In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the Citing This Collection section. It's always a good idea to keep your citation on a Research Log. This is an important tool to help keep track of what you have and have not found. Family search wiki has a Example Research Log that you can download and use.
- Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth 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.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.
- Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
- Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
- Search the indexes and records of Arizona, United States Genealogy.
- Search in the Arizona Archives and Libraries.
Citing This Collection
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.
- Collection Citation
- "Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Arizona Department of Health Services. Department of Library and Archives, Phoenix, Arizona.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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