statewide registration of births and deaths was not required until around 1906
when a federal law was passed, and since some states took decades to comply with
this law cemetery, mortuaries, and funeral homes may have the only death records
you can find an obituary for your ancestor in a newspaper, it may give the name
of the funeral home or mortuary. Even if the funeral home or mortuary no longer
exists, contact the state regulatory agency for funeral homes in that town as
they may be able to tell you if the name has changed or if it has been sold. In
that case, the records may have gone along with the sale. If you can’t find an
obituary, you might call all the funeral homes in the surrounding areas to see
if they have information in their files on your ancestor. Be extremely polite
and grateful for any information as cemeteries, mortuaries, and funeral homes
are not in the business of supplying genealogists with information.
records of this type can be found in church burial registers, cemetery deed and
plot registrations, burial permits, and grave opening orders, coroner or police
What are the names of the cemeteries in my ancestor’s hometown?
My ancestor died while visiting his daughter in another state, where
would I find a funeral home record?
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