Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, Board of Health Death Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, Board of Health Death Records, 1848-1913
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Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, 
United States
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Location of Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
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Location of Tennessee
Record Description
Record Type Death records
Collection years 1848-1913
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Tennessee State Library and Archives

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of death records from the Tennessee Board of Health for the city of Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee for years 1848-1913. Some records may be light or faded and may be hard to read. Death certificates are titled "Burial Permit." Microfilm of the original records is held at the Tennessee State Library & Archives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Color

  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Length of residence in city
  • Birthplace

  • Parent's Names and birth places
  • Place of Death
  • Cause of death
  • Physician
  • Place and date of burial

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

  • Deaths Indexes, A-Z, 1848-1901
  • Death Records, nos. 1-31,063, 1902-1913
  • Record of permits issued for disinterring, shipping and receiving dead bodies, 1883-1894
  • Index bodies shipped from Memphis, 1894-1902
  • Bodies shipped into Memphis, 1894-1903
  • Bodies shipped to Memphis, 1929-1944
  • Disinterments, 1934-1944
  • Bodies shipped into Memphis, 1974-1977
  • Register of deaths in the city of Memphis, no. 1 - 33265
  • Record of deaths in Shelby County, Tenn., 1881-1882
  • Index for deaths, 1889-1892
  • Register of deaths, no. 33266-53765, 1884-1897
  • Register of deaths in the city of Memphis, 1898-1901

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of death
  • The place where your ancestor died
  • The names of family members and their relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on 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]

When you have located your ancestor’s death or burial record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

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

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information found on the death record to search for an obituary
  • Use the information found on the death record to search for the family in church records
  • Use the information found on the death record to search for the family in additional state and county records

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 nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Consult the Tennessee Record Finder to find other records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

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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