April – Resources

Vital and Death Records

CVGS Vital and Death Records, RootsWeb’s Guide No. 4: Vital Records, Cyndi’s list Record Examples, CVGS Genealogy Research Websites

CVGS Vital and Death Records

Early death records in the United States often provide just the name of the deceased, the date of death, and the place of death. Burial records may contain basically the same information. Early death records may also be found mixed in with other towns, county, and church records, especially in New England. Later records (Death Certificates) will list the birth date, occupation, name of the deceased’s spouse, father, mother, cause of death, informant, cemetery, physician, undertaker, and other information.

RootsWeb/Ancestry – Introduction to Births and Deaths in Public Records


RootsWeb/Ancestry – U.S. Birth, Marriage and Death Records


FamilySearch – U.S. Vital Records


Ancestry – U.S. Death Records


Ancestry – U.S. Social Security Death Index


Cyndi’s List- US- US Vital Records- Select from a State name index


Vital records – BMD — birth, marriage, divorce, and death — are the foundations of genealogical research. What we learn from the vital records of a person’s days on this earth provides the framework for our search for other records that may illuminate his/her life and times and tell us who he/she was. The end of a life marks the beginning of our research. You are more likely to be successful with your research if you do your search for vital records (birth, marriage, and death) in the reverse order of your ancestor’s life’s events. Start with death records, then seek the marriage records, and finally hunt for birth records. In many localities, particularly in the United States, birth records are a modern record and outside of New England, birth records often do not exist prior to about 1890 – 1900.

ICDOften overlooked – the International Classification of Diseases (Death Certificate Codes)

The ICD was developed in the late 1800s and was known as the Bertillon Classification of Causes of Death, after Jacques Bertillon. The US began using it in about 1898. We can look up the code and find the cause of death in a clearly written database. Be aware that the ICD codes were revised in 1900, 1909, 1920, 1929, 1938, 1948, 1955, 1965, 1975, 1990, and 2000! This information is free at: http://www.wolfbane.com/icd/index.html

Alternate sources of death records-                                   
Bible records (FamilySearch Wiki, DAR, NEHGR, Ancestry: New York, Penn, Missouri, Tennessee,  State HistoricalSocieties, 


State libraries, Court records (wills and administrations) 
Census records (http://mortality-schedules.com/), free, US and states,1850, 1855, 1860, 1865, 1870, 1875, 1880, 1885                                                                                          

Military service and pension records, Newspapers (death notices, obituaries, and news articles)                                                                 

Cemetery records, and tombstone inscriptions or  http://www.findagrave.com  

Death Certificate Codes: ICD: International Classification of Diseases             

Veteran’s Head Stone Requisition OQMG form 623 / VA Form 40-1330

RootsWeb’s Guide to Tracing Family Trees Guide No. 4:  Vital Records — Death

Vital records — birth, marriage and divorce, and death — are the foundations of genealogical research. What we learn from the vital records of a person’s days on this earth provides the framework for our search for other records that may illuminate his life and times and tell us who he was. The end of a life marks the beginning of our researchThe U.S.A does not have a nationwide system of vital records registration and, with the exception of the New England states, where many towns have kept vital records from their beginnings; the states did not attempt to keep centralized vital records until the late 19th and early 20th centuries. For details of the dates for which centralized vital records are available for many countries and for the U.S. by state, the forms needed to request such records, and the addresses, telephone, and fax numbers of the records keepers consult International Vital Records Handbook, by Thomas Jay Kemp. On the Web, visit Vital Records Information for United States for information about birth, death, or marriage certificates. Do you request Certified or genealogical vital records? (Request genealogical)

Also, try the VitalChek Network. In the absence of centralized death records for earlier years, the American researcher should determine what original vital records exist at the county and local levels, some of which might have been transferred to state archives, and whether any have been published. When it is possible to consult original records or microfilmed copies of them, it is preferable to do so. Published abstracts, transcriptions, and indexes provide valuable assistance as finding aids to the original records. The Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah, has microfilmed and scanned records from many countries and U.S. states. In some cases, the microfilmed records are all that remain as evidence of records lost to the ravages of war and natural disasters. Researchers have access to most of the microfilmed holdings at https://www.familysearch.org

To replace or supplement civil death records, other sources include:

Bible records ( FamilySearch Wiki, DAR, NEHGR, Ancestry: New York, Penn, Missouri, Tennessee, State Historical Societies, http://www.biblerecords.com/http://ancestorsatrest.com/family_bibles/, State libraries)

Court records (wills and administrations)

Census records ( http://mortality-schedules.com/ ) free, US and states, 1850, 1855, 1860, 1865, 1870, 1875, 1880, 1885

Military service and pension records

Newspapers (death notices, obituaries, and news articles)

Cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions ( https://www.findagrave.com/ )

Death Certificate Codes: ICD: International Classification of Diseases http://www.wolfbane.com/icd/index.html

Veteran’s Head Stone Requisition OQMG form 628 / VA Form 40-1330

At: Cyndilist.com

EG: Select state name: Michigan FamilySearch.org – Michigan, Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995 FREE

EG: Select state name: Michigan Death Records, 1897-1920 http://seekingmichigan.org (by county)

EG: Select state/society name:  Information Page for WMGS Index to Kent County Deaths 1867 – 1929  Western Michigan Genealogical Society

CVGS –  Cyndi’s list – Record Examples                                                                           

http://www.cyndislist.com  Index list with 220 categories and 337,000 genealogy website linksBEGINNERS 189 ·  Beginners Guides, Hints & Tips  ·  Publications, Software & Supplies

·  Researching: Birth, Marriage, and Death Records  ·  Researching: Census Records

·  Researching: Land Records  ·  Researching: Localities & Ethnic Groups

·  Researching: Military Records  ·  Researching: Ships, Passenger Lists & Immigration

·  Researching: Specialty Records or Topics  Education (Genealogical) – Online Courses & Webinars

Countries by name United Kingdom & Ireland 31,708 Canada 4950 Germany 1100 Spain/Basque Country  197

Churches by name Catholic 397 Quaker 293 Huguenot 171 Mennonite 141 Methodist 124 Baptist  107

Religion & Churches 433 Records: Born, Married, Died & Buried

Immigration, Emigration & Migration 494 ·  Immigration, Naturalization, and Ships Passenger List Extract Forms from US Immigration Office1893-1906 1907-1918 1919-1925 Post 1925

Land Records, Deeds, Homesteads (524)  Bounty Land  Google Earth  Homesteads  Land Descriptions,

Libraries, Archives & Museums  9599 A to Z Acadian Archives – UMFK to Zgodovinski arhive Celje Slovenia.

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Obituaries 570 General, Obituaries – A to Z, by city, county, state, country, college, company

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Surnames, Family Associations & Family Newsletters 11,150 Surnames – A to Z, Rootsweb mailing lists, sites

United States – 164,874 – State by state, US Census, US History, US Military- (War name)

http://www.cyndislist.com/us/vital/ for a state by state list of vital record sources           

Writing Your Family’s History  169 General, self-publishing, online publishing, publishers               

CVGS Genealogy Research Websites


http://www.toaks.org/library Ancestry.com, Newspapers, Gale Genealogy, Heritage Quest

http://www.cyndislist.com  Index with 200 categories and 334,000 genealogy website links

http://www.findagrave.com   Search 138 million grave records, edit virtual memorials, forums 

https://familysearch.org World family tree with 1.2 Billion names, 6.2 Billion records, 1.3 Billion Sources, 270 Million records indexed annually, Hints, Messages, 25 million photos, What’s New Blog

http://rootsweb.ancestry.com Search 785 million names, family trees, records

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/search/Pages/ancestors-search.aspx  Archives Canada – Free BMD, Census

http://www.usgenweb.org/  &  http://usgwarchives.net/  volunteers post free data from U.S. states & counties

https://fultonsearch.org/ 44 million newspaper page search that works without Flash! Filterable search results

https://www.rootstech.org/video-archive   RootsTechGenealogy videos are free online after Mar 1 each year

http://www.geneabloggers.com/tag/genealogy-bargains  Blog, free weekends for $ sites

http://www.ancestry.com  (Much is free with TO Library card at TO library) Search 6 billion names, family trees, 16 billion records, hints, forums, 300 million photos,  free blog articles

http://www.geni.com $ (MyHeritage) World family tree with 100 million names, photos, forums

http://www.findmypast.com $ UK (1939 UK Register, UK, Canada, US Records, UK Newspapers

http://www.rootsmagic.com  Software Free to $, Family Tree & Personal Historian software, FamilySearch hints,  MyHeritage hints, Ancestry hints & sync, YouTube videos

http://www.legacyfamilytree.com  Software Free to $, FamilySearch hints, 10 Training CD videos $

http://familytreewebinars.com  Webinars Free to $, Beginners, DNA, Records, Software, Photos

https://wwweogncom.wildapricot.org/  Free to $, Dick Eastman’s Genealogy blog

https://en.geneanet.org/ Free to $50/year Gedcom uploads & records

https://www.tribalpages.com/ Free to $36/year -100,000 websites – 25 million names – 1.5 million photos


2022 Death Isaac Blanchard 1721 ROD Mass Vital Records

2022 Headstone Denis Cyr OQMG Form 623, 1934

2022 Death Denis Cyr 1918 Death Certificate

2022 Burial permit 1889 twins St. John, NB, Canada