Massachusetts Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
|This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.|
Access the records: Massachusetts, Death Index, 1970-2003 .
The collection consists of indexes to deaths from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services in Boston. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation explains the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records:
- "Massachusetts Death Index." Ancestry.com. http://www.ancestry.com. : 2012.
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.
The index lists the following information:
- Age at Death
- Estimated Birth Year
- DGS Number
- Date of Death
- Certificate Number or page number
- GSU Film Number
- Image number
- Name of Deceased
- Name of Father
- Name of Mother
- Name of Spouse
- Place of Death
- Page Number
How to Use the Record
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to deaths make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
- The name of the person at the time of death
- The place where the death occurred
- The approximate death date
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestor in the death records. Compare the information in the death record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Massachusetts, Death Index, 1970-2003," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VZYK-D82: accessed 22 May 2012), Philip L Evans, died 21 November 1992; citing Death Records, certificate 052600; Ancestry.com, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.