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==Collection Content  ==
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
 
=== Image Visibility  ===
 
 
 
Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Some of the images in this collection are only available for viewing if you are a registered FamilySearch user.  You can register for a free FamilySearch account [https://familysearch.org/register/1 here].
 
 
 
Other images can be viewed online by members of the supporting organization(s), at a [http://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Center] near you, or the [[Family History Library]].
 
 
 
For additional information about image restrictions, please see the [[Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections]] page.
 
 
 
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Image:District of Columbia Deaths (10-0061) (10-0069) Death Certificate DGS 4259426 411.jpg|Death Certificate
 
Image:District of Columbia Deaths (10-0061) (10-0069) Burial Permit DGS 4259426 410.jpg|Burial Permit
 
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
 
  
 
'''Death records''' usually contain the following information:  
 
'''Death records''' usually contain the following information:  
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{{Tip|Indexed records should include the GS Film Number, the Digital Folder Number, and the Image Number.  Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The index entry generally lists only the most basic identifying information for an individual, so the original record may contain further information which was not indexed. Save or print a copy of the image.}}
 
{{Tip|Indexed records should include the GS Film Number, the Digital Folder Number, and the Image Number.  Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The index entry generally lists only the most basic identifying information for an individual, so the original record may contain further information which was not indexed. Save or print a copy of the image.}}
  
== How Do I Search the Collection ==
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==Collection Content  ==
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=== Image Visibility  ===
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Some of the images in this collection are only available for viewing if you are a registered FamilySearch user.  You can register for a free FamilySearch account [https://familysearch.org/register/1 here].
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Other images can be viewed online by members of the supporting organization(s), at a [http://familysearch.org/locations/ Family History Center] near you, or the [[Family History Library]].
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For additional information about image restrictions, please see the [[Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections]] page.
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
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=== Sample Images ===
  
*The place where the death occurred
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*The name of the person at the time of death
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Image:District of Columbia Deaths (10-0061) (10-0069) Death Certificate DGS 4259426 411.jpg|Death Certificate
*The approximate death date
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Image:District of Columbia Deaths (10-0061) (10-0069) Burial Permit DGS 4259426 410.jpg|Burial Permit
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</gallery>
  
'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803967?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page:]'''<br>Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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== How Do I Search the Collection ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know:
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      Name of the individual
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    Approximate date and or location of the event
  
'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1803967/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Film number" which takes you to the images.  
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=== Search the Index ===
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=== View the Images ===  
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You will be able to search this collection once it is published.
  
Look at each image. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|1803967|Browse Page|access=waypoint}}'''
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# Select '''Film number''''
  
Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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.  
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
 
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
  
<br> For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
 
 
{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1803967 District of Columbia deaths, 1874-1959]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
 
{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1803967 District of Columbia deaths, 1874-1959]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
 
== What Do I Do Next? ==
 
== 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. Add this new information to your records of each family.
 
 
 
===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===
 
===I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?===
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*Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
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*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. 
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*Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[District of Columbia Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*Use the birth year or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
 
*Use the birth year or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the place and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
 
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
 
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*Look for the name of the informant. This is often a family member.
 
*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
  
 
===I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?===
 
===I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?===
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*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.
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*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. 
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
  
 
==Citing this Collection ==
 
==Citing this Collection ==
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
District of Columbia, United States
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Location of District of Columbia
Record Description
Record Type Death Records
Collection years 1874-1961
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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What is in the Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index and images of death records from the District of Columbia. The records cover the years 1874 to 1961. The records were recorded by hand on pre-printed forms.

Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. Death certificates were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.

Registration of vital statistics began in 1874 for the District of Columbia and was generally complied with by 1880 for deaths. Some earlier records of deaths exist from 1855-1860, and 1865-1949. They can be obtained from the following address:

Department of Health Department of Human Services
Vital Records Division
800 9th Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
Telephone: 202-645-5962

To Browse this Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Death records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Age and gender of deceased
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Birthplace of deceased and parents
  • Duration of residence
  • Cause of death
  • Name of person(s) who removed the body
  • Name of undertaker
  • Place and date of burial

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Some of the images in this collection are only available for viewing if you are a registered FamilySearch user. You can register for a free FamilySearch account here.

Other images can be viewed online by members of the supporting organization(s), at a Family History Center near you, or the Family History Library.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search the Collection[edit | edit source]

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know:  Name of the individual  Approximate date and or location of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection once it is published.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page

  1. Select Film number'

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Who I’m Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.


Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

"District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Health Department. District Records Center, Washington D.C.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961.


Image citation:
This template has been deprecated and is no longer used.

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961.

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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.