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{{FamilySearch_Collection |CID=CID1417505 |title=Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955|location=United States}}<br>
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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1417505 |title=Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955|location=United States}}<br>
  
== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
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This collection includes a general index (with some volumes individually indexed) and images. The collection consists of Death records, 1914-1950; and Death certificates, 1951-1955. <br>
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The state of Tennessee began recording deaths in 1914.&nbsp;
  
Indexes death events, 1908-1925. The year 1913 is not indexed because no deaths were recorded that year.  
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This collection covers the years 1914 to 1955.&nbsp;
  
== Record Description ==
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Death records were created to track public health needs and concerns.
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The information in the record is generally reliable. However, the accuracy depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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=== Citation For This Collection ===
  
It is only available as an online searchable database. In 2005, it consists of three separate indexes, two of which overlap. More details are found on the website.  
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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{{Collection citation| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->Tennessee Division of Vital Records. Death Records,Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville. <!--bibdescend-->}}
[[Image:Tennessee Death Records 1915-1955 (08-0460) DGS 004181493 00010.jpg|thumb|right]] Information found in the index 1908-1912:
 
  
*Name
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[[Tennessee Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
*County
 
*Year of Death  
 
*Record Number
 
  
Information found in the partial index 1914-1925 (only includes 37 counties):
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== Record Content  ==
  
*Name
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The following information is usually found in the index:
*Age
 
*Year of Death
 
*County
 
*Record Number
 
  
Information found in the statewide index 1914-1917:
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[[Image:Tennessee Death Records 1915-1955 (08-0460) DGS 004181493 00010.jpg|thumb|right]]
  
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
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*Volume and Page Numbers (starting in 1915)
 
*Volume and Page Numbers (starting in 1915)
  
=== How To Use This Record  ===
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The following information is usually found In the death record:
  
Use the information from the index to obtain a copy of the original death certificate as explained on the Web site. <br>
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*Name and age of deceased and date of death
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*Gender, race and marital status of deceased
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*Date and place of birth
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*Town, county and state where death occurred
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*Name of hospital or institution where death occurred
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*Cause of death
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*Occupation and residence of deceased
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*Length of stay in current locality
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*Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
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*Burial information  
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*Name of informant, usually a spouse or relative
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*Funeral Home
  
== Record History ==
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== How To Use This Record  ==
  
The Tennesse State Library and Archives created this website. The Cleveland Tennessee Public LIbrary created the partial index to deaths 1914-1925 and granted permission to have it posted on this Web site. Covers 70 to 80% of the population.
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When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
  
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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*The place where the death occurred
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*The name of the person at the time of death
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*The approximate death date
  
The [[Tennessee State Library and Archives]] created the website for searchers to know if a death certificate for a specific person is found at their facility.  
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For a collection that is searchable by name: 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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
The information in the database is very reliable. However, transcription or data entry errors may have occurred.
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=== Browse the Records  ===
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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To search the collection image by image, you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the appropriate "DGS Film Number" which takes you to the images.
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.  
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Look at the images 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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=== Search the Records  ===
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Use the information from the index to obtain a copy of the original death certificate as explained on the Web site. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestor in the death records. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. 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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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.
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For example:
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*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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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
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*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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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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*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.
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When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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Keep in mind:
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*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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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)]].
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Tennessee 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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== Related Websites  ==
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*[http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/vital/tndeath.htm Statewide Index to Tennessee Death Records (1914-1933)] at [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/howdoifind.htm Tennessee State Library and Archives]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/tn/tnfiles.htm Tennessee GenWeb Project]
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/tennessee/index.html Online Tennessee Death Records Indexes]
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2546 Tennessee, Deaths and Burials Index, 1874-1955] at Ancestry ($).
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2376 Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1951] at Ancestry ($).
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Tennessee State Library and Archives]]  
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*[[Tennessee|Tennessee]]
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*[[Tennessee Vital Records|Tennessee Vital Records]]
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*[[Tennessee Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Tennessee Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
{{Contributor invite}}
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{{Contributor invite}}  
 
 
== Sources of Information For This Collection  ==
 
 
 
<!--bibdescbegin-->“Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955,” database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/); from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville. FHL microfilm, 577 rolls, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
 
  
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
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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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: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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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|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
  
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
Temmessee, Death Records, 1914-1955. digital images. From FamilySearch Internet ([http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]: January 27, 2011. &nbsp;Death of Thomas Mastin Rizer, 10 February 1935, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, file number 1876623.  
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"Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955." index and images. ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org https: accessed 7 April 2011). &nbsp;Thomas Mastin Rizer, 10 February 1935; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 1,876,623; Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee. From the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville. FHL microfilm, 577 rolls, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.  
  
 
[[Category:Tennessee|Death]]
 
[[Category:Tennessee|Death]]

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Record Description

This collection includes a general index (with some volumes individually indexed) and images. The collection consists of Death records, 1914-1950; and Death certificates, 1951-1955.

The state of Tennessee began recording deaths in 1914. 

This collection covers the years 1914 to 1955. 

Death records were created to track public health needs and concerns.

The information in the record is generally reliable. However, the accuracy depends upon the reliability of the informant.

Citation For This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Tennessee Division of Vital Records. Death Records,Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The following information is usually found in the index:

Tennessee Death Records 1915-1955 (08-0460) DGS 004181493 00010.jpg
  • Name
  • County
  • Age (1914 only)
  • Date of Death (starting in 1915)
  • Record Number (1914 only)
  • Volume and Page Numbers (starting in 1915)

The following information is usually found In the death record:

  • Name and age of deceased and date of death
  • Gender, race and marital status of deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Town, county and state where death occurred
  • Name of hospital or institution where death occurred
  • Cause of death
  • Occupation and residence of deceased
  • Length of stay in current locality
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Burial information
  • Name of informant, usually a spouse or relative
  • Funeral Home

How To Use This Record

When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:

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

For a collection that is searchable by name: 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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • 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.

Browse the Records

To search the collection image by image, you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the appropriate "DGS Film Number" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images 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.

Search the Records

Use the information from the index to obtain a copy of the original death certificate as explained on the Web site. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestor in the death records. Some on-line indexes, such as indexes to FamilySearch Historical Records, will take you directly to an image. 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.

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:

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.

Keep in mind:

  • 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.

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 Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please 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.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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 Records.

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


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.

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

"Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955." index and images. FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org https: accessed 7 April 2011).  Thomas Mastin Rizer, 10 February 1935; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 1,876,623; Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee. From the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville. FHL microfilm, 577 rolls, Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.