Delaware Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Delaware, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Deaths and Burials Index
Collection years 1815-1955
FamilySearch Resources
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What Is in This Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of deaths and burials for the years 1815 to 1955 comprised of the following:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Death date and place
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The records occasionally include:

  • Burial date and place
  • Names of parents

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1710-1896 Marriages, 1713-1953 Deaths and Burials, 1815-1955
Delaware 12,395 16,989 31,756
Kent 0 3,098 20,509
New Castle 17,634 46,578 127,021
Sussex 269 3,359 30,306
Total 30,298 70,024 209,592

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The person’s name
  • The approximate burial or death date

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 death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. Add this new information to your records of each family.

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

  • 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
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • The name of the informant may be a relative. This can be helpful in identifying your ancestor
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county
  • 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

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

  • 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

Record Finder

Consult the Delaware Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to search other 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

"Delaware Deaths and Burials, 1815-1955." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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