Georgia Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Georgia, Deaths, 1914-1927  and Georgia, Deaths, 1928-1940
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Georgia, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Death
Collection years 1914-1940
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Department of Archives and History, Atlanta

What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images for Georgia statewide deaths for the years 1914 to 1927, 1928 to 1940.

In 1919, Georgia law required the registration of deaths in the state. Some deaths were recorded for years before 1919. Prior to statewide registration, death records were recorded in some counties beginning in 1875. Though statewide registration was established in 1919, county officials were slow to respond to the law and most did not comply until 1928.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information found in death entries may include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death including city, county and state
  • Cause of death
  • Birth date of deceased
  • Estimated birth year of deceased
  • Gender, race, age, marital status and occupation of deceased
  • Name of spouse if married
  • Father's name and birth place
  • Mother's maiden name and birth place
  • Name and location of cemetery
  • Burial date

Collection Content

Sample Image

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a parent or spouse

Search the Index

Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940

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

Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927

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?

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

  • Use the information found to obtain the actual death certificate
  • Use the information found to locate a funeral home, obituary or cemetery record
  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and probate records

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

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Department of Archives and History, Atlanta.

Collection Citation

"Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 11 January 2017. Citing Department of Health and Vital Statistics. Georgia Archives, Morrow.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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