Florida Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939
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Florida, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Death
Collection years 1877-1939
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index of Florida death records created by Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics in Jacksonville, Florida. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at Family History Centers. The collection covers the years 1877 to 1939. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index. A full bibliographic record is available in the FamilySearch Catalog.

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

The record consists of printed death certificate forms filled in by hand or typed. The data was obtained from the Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics Vital Records. Although Key West and other Florida cities began keeping vital records as early as 1865, statewide registration officially began recording birth and death events in 1927. The records cover virtually all the people who died in Florida during the noted years. Death certificates were created to record deaths in Florida in compliance with state law to answer the need for accurate statistical data on deaths and epidemics. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates. Information pertaining to death is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Dates of death and burial
  • Age and race of the deceased
  • Sex of the deceased
  • City, county, and state of death
  • Name and location of the cemetery where buried

  • Birth date and place
  • Parent or spouse's name
  • Name of the informant
  • Residence of the deceased
  • Marital status

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person at the time of death
  • The approximate date of death
  • The place where the death occurred
  • The names of family members and their relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the information found on the death record to search for the family in census records
  • Search for cemetery records
  • Search for obituaries in local newspapers
  • Search for other records in the county where the family lived

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Florida.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]

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