Using Death Records

Our 2-Week courses are designed to help beginning genealogists develop a solid foundation of research skills. While expert instructors are on hand to answer any questions, they play a far less active role than in our 4-week offerings.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How to find and analyze official death certificates
  • How to find other death records when official death certificates are unavailable
  • How to find and use death indexes
  • How to cite death records

Tuition:

$39.99 ($35.99 for VIP)

Course Length:

2 Weeks

Instructor:

Lisa Alzo

Start Date:

View upcoming course schedule for dates.


WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

  • Beginning genealogists looking to build basic skills
  • Researchers who need a little help in finding and using death records

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy. The first course in the First Steps series, Discover Your Family Tree, is a helpful foundation if you’ve never done genealogical research before.

Outline

Lesson 1: Basic Terminology and Death Certificates
A. Terms found in death records
B. Death certificates
C. Death certificate availability by state
D. Accessing online death records
E. Accessing offline death records
F. Exercise

Lesson 2: Newspapers, Obituaries and Necrology Files
A. Newspaper death records
I. Types of newspapers
II. Obituaries
III. Other newspaper death notices
B. Finding newspapers
C. Accessing newspapers
D. Necrology files
E. Online obituaries and indexes
F. Exercise

Lesson 3: Other Death Record Sources
A. Coroners’ records
B. Funeral records
C. Census mortality schedules
D. Burial permits
E. Final military pension payments
F. Cemetery records
G. Deceptive death records
H. Exercise

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