Utah Death Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964
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|Utah, United States|
|Flag of Utah|
|Location of Utah|
|Utah State Archives Research Center, Salt Lake City, Utah|
- 1 What Is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues With This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is in This Collection?
The collection consists of an index and images of state death certificates for the years 1904 to 1964, acquired from the Utah State Archives. The records are arranged by county, city/town, and year. Local Board of Health registrars sent certificates monthly to the state registrar of the Department of Vital Statistics, which is a division of the state Board of Health. All counties began reporting deaths to the state in 1905 when the Department of Health created the division of Vital Statistics. A death certificate was required for burial in Utah, so compliance was high. These were recorded to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
- Date and place of death, including city, county and state
- Name of deceased
- Name of hospital or institution where died
- Residence of deceased
- How many years living in present community
- If a veteran, name of war is given
- Gender, race, marital status and social security number of deceased
- Name and age of spouse
- Date and place of birth of deceased
- Age in years, months and days
- Occupation of deceased
- Name and birth place of father
- Maiden name and birth place of mother
- Informant's name and address
- Informant's relationship to deceased
- Burial information
How Do I Search This Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Name of the person
- The name of a parent or date of the event
Search the Index
View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select County
- Select City/Town
- Select Death Year to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964. 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. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later
- Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records
- Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
- Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Utah.
- Utah Guided Research
- Utah Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research: 1850-1905 | 1900-Present
Known Issues With This Collection
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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
- "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing series 81448. Utah State Archives Research Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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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