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== Record Description  ==
 
  
The North Carolina Deaths collection includes records for the years 1906-1930. The North Carolina Deaths Index Collection includes records for the years 1931 to 1994.&nbsp;  
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== What Is in the Collections? ==
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These collections are indexes to deaths recorded in North Carolina for the years 1906–1930 and 1931–1994. The State of North Carolina began recording deaths in March 1913. North Carolina death certificates are recorded on a printed form which was filled in by hand or typed.
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Death records, along with birth and marriage records, were recorded in churches throughout the United States colonial period. However, as early as the 1600s laws were enacted, but not enforced for a civil registry. In the 1900s the idea of a central system began to take hold, and many states began to record vital statistics. All states had birth and death records for their state by 1919 and had complied with the model registration law using a standard certificate.   
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Overtime the content of birth and death records expanded to include details other than name and date of the event.  Death certificates now include information on the parents, marital status, occupation, military service, cause of death (direct and contributing factors), citizenship, and the location of death.
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The information is gathered from attending medical professionals and family members then indexed, processed, and filed by state or local registrar. Information pertaining to death is reliable; including death, name of the attending physician or attending medical professional, name and address of the funeral home used, and the exact date and place of burial. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.
  
North Carolina death certificates are recorded on a printed form which was filled in by hand or typed.
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
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*Name and gender of deceased
The State of North Carolina began recording deaths in March 1913. The trend of keeping state-wide death records throughout the United States expanded in the early 20th century after Congress passed a resolution in 1901 asking each state to gather information about births and deaths on a statewide basis. Because Congress did not fund it, it took several more years before it happened in every state. Death certificates were usually filled out by a mortician or medical professional. They filled in the information concerning the death and then obtained personal information on the deceased from an informant, usually a relative. Then, they sent the information to the county, who sent a copy to the state.<br>Death certificates were usually filled out by a mortician or medical professional. They filled in the information concerning the death and then obtained personal information on the deceased from an informant, usually a relative. That information was submitted to the county, who sent a copy to the state. The Vital Records Section of the Department of Public Health is responsible for maintaining and issuing certified copies of vital records, including death certificates for deaths that occurred in North Carolina. The Vital Records Section officially began recording birth and death events in 1913. See Wiki article North Carolina, Vital Records, Death Records to see availability of this colection. The State of North Carolina began statewide registration in 1913 and achieved compliance by 1920.&nbsp;
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*Date, place and time of death  
 
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*City and county in which death occurred
Death certificates were created to record deaths in North Carolina in compliance with state law and to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.
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*Age of deceased in years, months, days
 
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*Race, marital status and occupation of deceased  
Information pertaining to death is reliable; including death, name of the attending physician or attending medical professional, name and address of the funeral home used, and the exact date and place of burial. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Name of spouse
 
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*Birthplace of deceased  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to 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.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994
 
." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Department of Public Health, Vital Records Section. State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh.}}
 
 
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
[[Image:North Carolina Death Certificate DGS 004163144 00044.jpg|thumb|North Carolina Death Certificate DGS 004163144 00044.jpg]]
 
 
 
The key genealogical facts found in most death certificates are:
 
 
 
*Date and place of death, including city and county  
 
*Name of deceased and their residence
 
*Gender, age, race and marital status of deceased  
 
*Occupation and employer of deceased
 
*Date and place of birth of deceased  
 
 
*Father's name and birthplace  
 
*Father's name and birthplace  
 
*Mother's maiden name and birthplace  
 
*Mother's maiden name and birthplace  
*Cause of death
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*Name of informant, often a family member
*Name of attendant at death
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*Burial information
*Burial information  
 
*Name of informant and relationship to deceased
 
  
== How To Use The Record  ==
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== Collection Contents ==
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=== Sample Image ===
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your 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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Image:North Carolina Death Certificate DGS 004163144 00044.jpg|Death Certificate
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== How Do I Search These Collections? ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of person.
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*The approximate date of death.
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*The place where the death occurred.  
  
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:'''
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For the North Carolina, Deaths, 1906-1930 Collection:
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{{Search Collection Link
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*The place where the death occurred.  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1609799 North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
*The name of the person at the time of death.  
 
*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. 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. For example:
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For North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994 Collection:
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1584959 North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
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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.  
*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
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*Use the information on the death record to locate funeral home and cemetery records.
*the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*Use the information on the death record to locate an obituary.
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
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*Use the information on the death record to search for the family in census records.
*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.  
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*Use the information on the death record to search additional state and county records.
*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.
 
  
'''If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:'''
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? ===
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
'''Keep in mind:'''
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
 
*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.
 
 
 
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
 
 
 
== Known Issues with This Collection<br>  ==
 
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[North Carolina Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.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.
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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| bgcolor="#fff3e7" style="vertical-align:top; line-height:125%; padding-top:8px" | '''Problems with this collection?'''<br>[https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=North-Carolina-Deaths-1906-1930-known-issues&lang=en See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.]
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/northcarolina/index.html Online North Carolina Death Records &amp; Indexes]
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=North-Carolina-Deaths-1906-1930-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, plea se email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.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.
  
== Related Wiki Artic[[North Carolina|les]]  ==
 
  
*[[North Carolina|North Carolina]]<br>
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== Citing This Collection ==
*[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1609799&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1584959&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994]
 
*[[North Carolina Vital Records]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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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.
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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{{Collection_citation | text="North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Department of Public Health, Vital Records Section. State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh.
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
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When you copy information from a record, you should also 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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{{Collection_citation | text="North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Department of Public Health, Vital Records Section. State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?  ==
  
[[Category:North_Carolina|Deaths]]
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Location of North Carolina
Record Description
Record Type Death Records
Collection years 1906-1994
FamilySearch Resources
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What Is in the Collections?

These collections are indexes to deaths recorded in North Carolina for the years 1906–1930 and 1931–1994. The State of North Carolina began recording deaths in March 1913. North Carolina death certificates are recorded on a printed form which was filled in by hand or typed. Death records, along with birth and marriage records, were recorded in churches throughout the United States colonial period. However, as early as the 1600s laws were enacted, but not enforced for a civil registry. In the 1900s the idea of a central system began to take hold, and many states began to record vital statistics. All states had birth and death records for their state by 1919 and had complied with the model registration law using a standard certificate. Overtime the content of birth and death records expanded to include details other than name and date of the event. Death certificates now include information on the parents, marital status, occupation, military service, cause of death (direct and contributing factors), citizenship, and the location of death. The information is gathered from attending medical professionals and family members then indexed, processed, and filed by state or local registrar. Information pertaining to death is reliable; including death, name of the attending physician or attending medical professional, name and address of the funeral home used, and the exact date and place of burial. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

  • Name and gender of deceased
  • Date, place and time of death
  • City and county in which death occurred
  • Age of deceased in years, months, days
  • Race, marital status and occupation of deceased
  • Name of spouse
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Father's name and birthplace
  • Mother's maiden name and birthplace
  • Name of informant, often a family member
  • Burial information

Collection Contents

Sample Image

How Do I Search These Collections?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of person.
  • The approximate date of death.
  • The place where the death occurred.


For the North Carolina, Deaths, 1906-1930 Collection:

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


For North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994 Collection:

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

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?

  • Use the information on the death record to locate funeral home and cemetery records.
  • Use the information on the death record to locate an obituary.
  • Use the information on the death record to search for the family in census records.
  • Use the information on the death record to search additional state and county records.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, plea se email them to support@familysearch.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
"North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Department of Public Health, Vital Records Section. State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh.

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 North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994.


"North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Department of Public Health, Vital Records Section. State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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