Connecticut Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Connecticut, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Death Index
Collection years 1949-2001
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of an index to deaths from the Connecticut Department of Health in Hartford for the years 1949 to 2001. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.

Collection Content

The following is an example of the type of information that may be contained on the indexed records. The amount of information varies from record to record.

John C Smith
Connecticut Death Index
Name John C Smith
Event Type Death
Event Date 02 Apr 1997
Event Place Bristol, Hartford, Connecticut
Residence Place Bristol, Hartford, Connecticut
Address 572 Brook Street
Gender Male
Age 68
Marital Status Divorced
Race Black
Occupation Supervisor
Industry New Departure-Hyatt Div of GM
Education Level 15
Birth Year (Estimated) 1929
Father's Surname (Original) Smith
Spouse's Name ELLA
Certificate Number 08078

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Valuable information includes the name of the deceased, date and place of death, and age. Other information can be used in identifying people in family relationships, such as parents or spouse. Please note that only the first four characters of the spouse's name are listed.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person at the time of death
  • Other identifying information such as the approximate death date and place

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the index to help locate the actual death certificate.
  • Use the estimated birth year to locate the actual birth certificate.
  • Use the spouse's name to locate a marriage record.
  • Use the date of death and location in searching for obituaries and cemetery records.
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same location.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • 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.
  • If an occupation or industry is listed, look for alternate records relating to employment.
  • Search other collections in the location, such as church and military records.

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

"Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001." Database. Ancestry. http://www.ancestry.com : 2003. Citing Connecticut Department of Health, Hartford.

Record Citation:
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