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United States, Panama Canal Zone, Index to the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Registers, 1906-1991
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Panama Canal Zone, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Mortuary Registers
Record Group RG 185: Records of the Panama Canal
Collection years 1906-1991
National Archives Identifier 570981 514
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  • NARA Series Description To reach the series description, click on the above link, then type "Gorgas" into the search bar, then look for the record title "Index to the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Registers," Record Group 185, and click on the "Search" icon.
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records from 1906-1991

This collection contains a partial index to the mortuary's registers of military personnel, canal employees and canal zone civilians processed through the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary. Acquired from the National Archives "Access to Archival Databases" (AAD). The records are from Record Group 185 Records of the Panama Canal. See also ARC Identifier 570981. Additional information about this collection may be found on the National Archives website.

The following seven years are not included in this collection: 1912, 1917, 1918, 1955, 1960, 1965, and 1980. Gorgas Hospital, located in the Panama Canal Zone, was run by the U.S. Army, but is now under Panamanian control.

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

Facts found in this collection may include:

  • Full name
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Date and place of death
  • Burial place
  • Estimated birth year

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information:

John Smith United States, Panama Canal Zone, Index to the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Registers
Name John Smith
Event Type Death
Event Date 23 Nov 1930
Gender Male
Age 63
Nationality Jamaican
Race Black
Birth Year (Estimated) 1867
Burial Date 24 Nov 1930
Burial Place Corozal
Burial Marker 2482
Burial Row 9
Cemetery Section and Lot K
Burial Grave Number 28
Registration Number 12865

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