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This set is a collection of various records maintained by several San Francisco funeral homes, including N. Gray and Co., (records of the Burlingame and San Francisco branches), Halsted and Co. Undertakers, H.F. Suhr &amp; Co., Godeau Funeral Service, (branches in San Francisco and Stockton), George H. Clark Funeral Home (Sacramento), Clark &amp; Booth Funeral Directors (Sacramento), Kremple &amp; Halsted-Undertakers, W.P. Peterson &amp; Co., and H.W. Gantner (Gantner Bros.) Several different types of records were created. The collection include records from 1835 to 1931.
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== What Is in the Collection? ==
  
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/1385518/waypoints Browse].
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This set is a collection of various records maintained by several San Francisco funeral homes, including
  
=== Citation for This Collection<br>  ===
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*N. Gray and Co., (records of the Burlingame and San Francisco branches)
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*Halsted and Co. Undertakers
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*H.F. Suhr &amp; Co.
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*Godeau Funeral Service, (branches in San Francisco and Stockton)
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*George H. Clark Funeral Home (Sacramento)
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*Clark &amp; Booth Funeral Directors (Sacramento)
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*Kremple &amp; Halsted-Undertakers
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*W.P. Peterson &amp; Co.
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*H.W. Gantner (Gantner Bros.)
  
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>Some records are handwritten on blank paper. Others are written on pre-printed forms, depending on the type of record. Most are arranged chronologically and include a variety of notes and comments.  
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Several different types of records were created. The collection includes records from 1835 to 1979. The indexes are arranged alphabetically by surname, grouped by type of record. Some indexes will index the names of the deceased, others will index the persons making the funeral and financial arrangements, and others will index both. Some indexes refer to only the name and page number. Others may also include death and/or burial dates, the age at time of death, birth place, residence, cause of death, grave site, cemetery name, and the persons making funeral and financial arrangements. Some page numbers were incorrectly transcribed when the indexes were created and such records are usually found within a page or two of the page given.  
  
For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1385518/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
 
  
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===To Browse This Collection===
| text=Funeral homes in the San Francisco area. Funeral Home Records. San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco History and Archive Center.}}  
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[[San Francisco California Area Funeral Home Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
 
  
Key genealogical facts found in most of these records are:
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
  
[[Image:California San Francisco Sacramento Stockton and Burlingame Funeral Home Records.jpg|thumb|right|California San Francisco Sacramento Stockton and Burlingame Funeral Home Records.jpg]]
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The records usually contain:  
  
 
*Name of the deceased  
 
*Name of the deceased  
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*Name of physician
 
*Name of physician
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
  
'''To search this collection using the index:'''
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== Collection Content  ==
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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:California San Francisco Sacramento Stockton and Burlingame Funeral Home Records.jpg|Funeral Home Record
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Be aware there may be inaccuracies such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
  
'''To browse this collection you will need to follow this series of links:''' <br> ⇒ Select the ''"Browse"'' link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the ''"City (County)"'' category<br>⇒Select the ''"Year Range"'' category<br>⇒Select the ''"Funeral Home"'' category<br>⇒Select the ''"Record Type and Volume/Page Range"'' category which will take you to the images.  
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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 searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
  
Look at each image one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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*Name of the person
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*The place or date of the event
  
Indexes are arranged alphabetically by surname, grouped by type of record. Some indexes will index the names of the deceased, others will index the persons making the funeral and financial arrangements, and others will index both. Some indexes refer to only the name and page number. Others may also include death and/or burial dates, the age at time of death, birth place, residence, cause of death, grave site, cemetery name, and the persons making funeral and financial arrangements. Some page numbers were incorrectly transcribed when the indexes were created and such records are usually found within a page or two of the page given. The earlier index is more complete than the later index and indexes are often incomplete. Sometimes there are separate indexes for the persons with given names that had Chinese and Japanese burials.
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=== Search the Index ===
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the  
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'''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1385518/waypoints Browse Page]'''. br>
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# Select '''City (County)'''
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# Select '''Year Range'''
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# Select '''Funeral Home'''
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# Select '''Record Type and Volume/Page Range'''
  
'''General Information About These Records:'''
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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.
  
Funeral record books were written on pre-printed forms and were arranged chronologically. Most give the name of the deceased, his age, birth place, death date, burial date, cause of death, burial site, doctor’s or coroner’s name, the person(s) making the funeral/financial arrangements, place of residence, relationship to the deceased, place and time of funeral, clergy’s name and itemized funeral arrangements. Some funeral records also include the physician’s certificate of death, the deceased person’s occupation, religion, marital status, race, parents’ names, and their birth places. Some also include an obituary.  
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
Day books are daily handwritten account books organized chronologically. Information included varies greatly. Day books contain the name of the person making the arrangements, place of residence, the name of the deceased and may contain cause and date of death, age, place of nativity, burial place, doctor or coroner’s name and financial data. Some include obituaries.  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1385518 California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979]. Some catalog records link to multiple digital image records. In this case, click on a digital image record to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
Burial books are lists kept chronologically containing the burial date, the name of the deceased, age at death, birthplace, cause of death, burial site, and the undertaker.<br>Registers of deaths were kept chronologically, listing the name of the deceased, age, birthplace, death date, sex, where interred, plot description, cause of death, physician or entity making the death certificate, place of death, and remarks.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
Records were created by funeral homes to record financial transactions and keep a record of their business activities.  
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If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly.  You may want to search for the original record at the [URL to custodian (space) Custodian Name].
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===I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?===
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*In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the [[#Citing This Collection|Citing This Collection]] section.
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*Search for death or burial information in [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2026973 BillionGraves Index].
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*If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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=== 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.
  
Information pertaining to death is probably fairly reliable, including cause and date of death, place of residence, and name of attending physician. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.  
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== Citing This Collection == 
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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.
  
== Related Websites  ==
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco History and Archive Center.}}
  
[http://www.sanfranciscocemeteries.com/ San Francisco Cemeteries]
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
 
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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.
 
 
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
 
 
"California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1931," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org): accessed March 17, 2011). Edward C. Smith, 3 March 1856; citing Funeral Home Records, digital folder number 4,177,093; San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco History and Archive Center, San Francisco, California.
 
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Funeral Home Records
Collection years 1835-1979
FamilySearch Resources
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What Is in the Collection?

This set is a collection of various records maintained by several San Francisco funeral homes, including

  • N. Gray and Co., (records of the Burlingame and San Francisco branches)
  • Halsted and Co. Undertakers
  • H.F. Suhr & Co.
  • Godeau Funeral Service, (branches in San Francisco and Stockton)
  • George H. Clark Funeral Home (Sacramento)
  • Clark & Booth Funeral Directors (Sacramento)
  • Kremple & Halsted-Undertakers
  • W.P. Peterson & Co.
  • H.W. Gantner (Gantner Bros.)

Several different types of records were created. The collection includes records from 1835 to 1979. The indexes are arranged alphabetically by surname, grouped by type of record. Some indexes will index the names of the deceased, others will index the persons making the funeral and financial arrangements, and others will index both. Some indexes refer to only the name and page number. Others may also include death and/or burial dates, the age at time of death, birth place, residence, cause of death, grave site, cemetery name, and the persons making funeral and financial arrangements. Some page numbers were incorrectly transcribed when the indexes were created and such records are usually found within a page or two of the page given.


To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records usually contain:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Age of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Name of physician


Collection Content

Sample Image


How Do I Search the 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 place or date of the event

Search the Index

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. br>

  1. Select City (County)
  2. Select Year Range
  3. Select Funeral Home
  4. Select Record Type and Volume/Page Range

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.

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

What Do I Do Next?

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the [URL to custodian (space) Custodian Name].

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the Citing This Collection section.
  • Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index.
  • If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.


I Can’t Find Who 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.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.


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:

"California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco History and Archive Center.

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 California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979.

Image Citation

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 California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979.

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