Tuesday, November 19, 2019

NARA's Online Social Security Numident Files Database Has Extractions from Some SS-5 Forms

The Social Security Numident Files Database (1936-2007) from the National Archives (NARA) now includes some "Application (SS-5) Files," which have information extracted from the form the person filled out when they applied for a Social Security Card (the SS-5 form). For some of the entries this includes some key information that genealogists are often looking for: names of the person's parents, and the person's place and date of birth.

Note that you will not find a text-based SS-5 in the Numident database for everyone who is in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). The database is free to use at NARA's website. Ordering copies of SS-5 forms from the Social Security Administration requires a fee.

Many of the "Application (SS-5) Files" in the Numident database contain:
  • Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Names of Parents
Some of the items listed above may be not be included on all Numidents.

Some of these files may also contain:
  • "Other Last Name" -- this is usually a woman's maiden name. Note that this is not included on a standard SS-5.
SS-5 Forms usually contain:
  • Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Names of Parents (may be redacted)
  • Address
  • Name and address of present employer
  • Sex and Color/Race
  • Date signed
Note that SS-5 forms may vary slightly over time.

Here is a comparison between the Numident application file from NARA and the SS-5 obtained from the Social Security Administration for actor Gregory Peck, who died in 2003.

The basic information given in the Numident application file for Gregory Peck:
  • Name: Eldred Gregory Peck
  • Social Security Number: 547-16-9811
  • Birth: 5 April 1916, San Diego, California
  • Parents: Bernice M. Ayres and Gregory P. Peck
The basic information given on the SS-5 form for Gregory Peck (see image below):
  • Name: Eldred Gregory Peck
  • Social Security Number: 547-16-9811
  • Birth: 5 April 1916, San Diego, California; Age: 21
  • Parents: Bernice Mae Ayres and Gregory Pearl Peck
  • Date signed: 20 December 1937
  • Employer: The Marston Co, 5th and C streets, San Diego
  • Sex: male; Color: white
  • Signature


NARA's Numident database also contains "Death Files," which is similar to the SSDI, but with fewer entries. And "Claim Files," which include brief information about when a person made a claim for Social Security benefits, including death claims.

If the person you're looking for is not in NARA's Numident database, you can try ordering a copy of the SS-5 from the Social Security Administration.

NARA's Numident database is online at: Social Security Numident Files Database from the National Archives.

For information about the online Social Security Death Index and related databases, along with information about how to order a copy of an SS-5 form, see:

The Social Security Death Index and Related Databases - Information for Online Searching



Here's a copy of Gregory Peck's SS-5 form (click on it to see a larger view).

Gregory Peck - Social Security SS-5 form

Sunday, September 22, 2019

A Child's View of a Journey from Germany to America in 1887

In 1884 my great grandfather, Johann (John) Nelke, came to America when he was 17 with his uncle's family. They settled in St. Louis, Missouri. John saved money to help pay for the passage of the rest of his family—his parents, Johann and Amelia, and his three younger sisters, Adeline, Hedwig (Hattie), and Bertha. They left from Rotterdam on a ship called the S.S. Rotterdam, arriving in New York on Thursday, May 26, 1887. The youngest Nelke passenger on the ship, Bertha, was twelve. After she grew up, one of her children, Melba Heyderich, wrote down what Bertha told her about life in Germany and the trip to St. Louis. So here is a second hand account of a child's journey from Germany to America in 1887. As later told to her daughter...

[Notes in brackets were added by me. I also made a few minor corrections.]


In Germany, the [Nelke] family lived on a large farm owned by a landowner that they worked for. My mother [Bertha Nelke] said that everyday her mother [Amelia] and father [Johann] had to work in the fields and left the three girls to knit socks, peel potatoes for the evening meal, etc. My mother's job was to tend to a flock of geese, a neighboring boy took care of the cows, etc. They went to school—a long walk away—in a one room schoolhouse. The teacher was a man who taught all grades. When it was time for religious studies, the Catholic children went outside to play while the teacher, a Lutheran, taught. When the priest arrived, the Lutheran children and teacher went outside while the priest instructed the Catholic children. Their brother John [my great grandfather] was raised Catholic which was the custom then. All boys were raised in their father's religion, the girls in the mother's.

Johann and Amelia Nelke and three daughters, Adeline, Hattie and Bertha left Barkenfelde, Germany for [Rotterdam] Holland. My mother [Bertha] remembered the strange dress and shoes and language of the people. They sailed on Bertha's 12th birthday, May 12, 1887. It was also the ship captain's birthday and Mom remembered that he came over to shake hands. It took two weeks before the captain called them up on deck to see the Statue of Liberty. So it was May 27, 1887 when they reached New York.

She didn't mention too much about the trip. They came steerage and her mother [Amelia] was ill the whole trip. The girls were afraid that she was going to die, but it was probably seasickness. The trip was uneventful except for spotting a large whale. She said the water spouted up like a fountain, but then they were ordered to move to the other side of the ship because the ship was tilting.

They also had their own tin cup, plate, spoon, knife and fork that they had to keep and wash for the entire trip.

Immigrants Landing at Castle Garden, 1880
Immigrants Landing at Castle Garden, 1880

She didn't know exactly where they were, but she remembered a big, noisy room where they waited, and being pushed along and yelled at. [This would have been the Castle Garden immigration depot in New York City.] Since none spoke English they didn't know what was going on. Some people were crying and were being sent back and I guess the parents too were terrified. Then she remembered a crowded dirty train ride for a long time. They were met in St. Louis by their older brother, John [my great grandfather], who had come over when he was about 17. I don't know how long he had been here before he sent them money for the trip [it was about 3 years].


Melba's story about her mother was sent to me in 1999 by Roy Held, who is my mother's second cousin and the grandson of Bertha's sister, Adeline. The previous year, I received an email from Roy, who had seen a photograph of my great grandparents, John and Elisabeth Nelke, on my genealogy website. I gave Roy's papers to my mother who put them in a filing cabinet in her sewing room, which was once my bedroom. I found the papers three years ago while digging around in the sewing room to see what gems I might uncover, or in this case, rediscover, among all the colorful thread and fabric.

Bertha Nelke, c. 1905
Bertha Nelke, c. 1905

The Nelke family lived in a small village in West Prussia (Germany) called Barkenfelde that is now in Poland, where it is known as Barkowo. Barkenfelde did not have a Catholic or Lutheran church at the time the Nelke family lived there, so they attended Catholic church in Schlochau, about 14 km away, and later in Christfelde, a nearby village. Although they were raised Lutheran, the three Nelke girls were baptized Catholic. The surviving church records for Schlochau and Christfelde are in a Catholic diocese archive in Pelplin, Poland. They have not been microfilmed and they are not online. I have not been able to locate Lutheran records for the area. They may have been lost or destroyed during the turmoil in the region at the time of World War II. The small wooden church in Christfelde was destroyed in the war. A new church was later built on the same spot.

Looking at my family tree, I see a twelve-year-old girl, exhilarated and scared at the same time, traveling from her tiny home village to Rotterdam, then a ship to New York City, and a crowded train to St. Louis. Along the way, she encountered new people and new languages. She worried about her mother, marveled at a whale, whose presence caused the ship to tilt, and then witnessed the unpleasant treatment of immigrants at Castle Garden.

S.S. Rotterdam
S.S. Rotterdam

This exciting and strange journey was followed by tragedy as Bertha's father, Johann, died eight months after the family arrived in America when he was 49. He was found in the bottom of a well on the grounds of the urban garden where he worked. The St. Louis deputy coroner ruled his a death a suicide. Apparently the rigors of the trip sparked a nervous breakdown. He's buried in an unmarked grave in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis.

And then perhaps some calm arrived for the Nelke family as they settled into their new lives in this strange new place. Bertha and her sisters married Lutheran men, their brother married a Catholic woman. They all had children and passed things down. And somehow through the magic of connection, of wanting to connect—a discovery on the internet followed by an exchange of emails and letters and photographs—I ended up with this story to share.

This is the best part of genealogy, going beyond recording names, dates, and places, to find and share stories like this. Stories where we get to actually know our ancestors a little bit with a tiny peek into their lives.

-Joe Beine, September 2019


Thank you...

Roy Held for sharing Bertha's story with me and my mother.
Hans-Jürgen Nelke, who assisted with research in Barkenfelde and the surrounding area.

The Nelke Family

Parents (my great great grandparents):
Johann Nelke, 1839-1888
Amelia (Emilie) Mahlke, 1839-1915

Their children:
Johann (John), 1866-1930 (my great grandfather)
Adeline (Lena), 1869-1913
Hermann, 1872-1873, died in Barkenfelde
Hedwig (Hattie), 1873-1915
Bertha, 1875-1944
(her daughter Melba Heyderich, 1917-2011)

All of the above people were born in West Prussia and died in St. Louis (except Melba and Hermann). Several of their relatives also came to America and settled in St. Louis, including Amelia's brother, Carl, and her sister, Henrietta.

Sources

Sources and notes for this article can be found at: Nelke Family Genealogy Records

Photographs

Shults, A. B., Artist. "Immigrants Landing at Castle Garden. New York: 1880." Illustration in Harper's Weekly, May 29, 1880, p. 341. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/90707732/.

Johnston, J. S, photographer. Detroit Publishing Co., Publisher. "S.S. Rotterdam." Between 1897 and 1907. Photograph. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016795271/.

Bertha Nelke photograph from Roy Held's family collection.


About the Author

Joe Beine likes to take pictures, write stories, and search for his ancestors. He especially enjoys solving the little mysteries that always seem to show up in his family tree. He lives in Denver with with his perpetual puppy, Raven.

Visit Swan Light Stories to read two of his stories and learn more about his novella Sitting on Saturn.


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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Online Indexes for Death Records, Cemeteries and Obituaries (USA) - Newest Additions and Updates

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Website (USA) has been updated with links to the following items...

Arizona
- Maricopa County: Mesa LDS Family History Center, Obituary Index, 1959-2014 from FamilySearch

California
- Alameda County: Mountain View Cemetery Records, 1857-1973 (Oakland, CA) from FamilySearch
- Napa County: Pioneer Cemetery Burials (in Calistoga, California)
- Napa County: Saint Helena Cemetery Burials (in St. Helena, California)
- Napa County: Treadway & Wigger Mortuary Records, 1902-2014 (in Napa, California)
- Nevada County: Historic Cemeteries
- Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Search Recorded Documents (includes some affidavit of death and affidavit of estate documents; begins with 1987)
- Nevada County Mortuary Records Indexes (from the Nevada County Genealogical Society)
- Placer County Cemetery District Number One Burial Search (for Lincoln Cemetery, Sheridan Cemetery, Manzanita Cemetery, and Santa Clara Memorial Park)
- Santa Clara County, San Jose, Oak Hill Cemetery Headstone Inscriptions, 1838-1985 from FamilySearch
- Santa Clara County: Los Gatos Memorial Park Cemetery Card Index to Burials, 1889-1989 from FamilySearch
- Santa Clara County: Mission City Memorial Park Burials Index (in Santa Clara, California)
- Tuolumne County: City of Sonora Cemetery Burials (includes Old City Cemetery and Hebrew Cemetery)

Colorado
- Jefferson County: Crown Hill Cemetery List of Burials, 1908-1950 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
- Larimer County: Greenlawn Cemetery Burials (in Berthoud, Colorado)
- Pueblo County: Mountain View Cemetery Burial Index (in Pueblo, Colorado)

Florida
- Florida Death Records Index, 1877-1939 from FamilySearch (update: now includes digitized images of the death certificates)
- Hillsborough County Cemeteries
- Hillsborough County: Zion Cemetery Burials, 1913-1920 (African American Cemetery in Tampa; list was compiled by the Tampa Bay Times from 382 death certificates)

Georgia
- Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990 (at FamilySearch/free with registration) coverage varies by county; browsable images (indexed by name for Houston County only)
- Bibb County: Rose Hill Cemetery Burials (in Macon, Georgia)
- Carroll County Georgia Cemeteries - Tombstone Transcriptions
- Carroll County Obituary Index, 1872-2008 from the Carroll County Genealogical Society

Illinois
- Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947 at FamilySearch (Update: some entries include images of the death certificates -- you must be at a Family History Center or FamilySearch affiliate library to view the images)
- Sangamon County: Roselawn Memorial Park Burials (in Springfield, IL)

Kansas
- Rawlins County Cemeteries
- Saline County: Smoky Valley Genealogical Society Indexes (includes cemetery burials, census mortality schedules and more)

Louisiana
- Louisiana Death Records Index, 1911-1968 (update: year 1968 added)

Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Death Certificates, 1916 (from the Massachusetts Archives Digital Repository's Registers of Vital Records Series; currently available for the year 1916; ongoing project)
- Essex County: Hamilton Cemetery Burial Records Search
- Suffolk County: Boston Public Library Obituary Database (indexes obituaries in the Boston Evening Transcript, Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald/Herald American from 1932-1941 and 1953-2010)

Michigan
- Michigan Death Records, 1867-1952 at Ancestry (requires payment) includes scanned death registers from 1867-1897; and scanned death certificates from 1897-1943; 1944-1952 is index only (update: years 1942 and 1943 added to the scanned death certificates; 1951 and 1952 added to the index)

Minnesota
- Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2017 at Ancestry/requires payment (update: years 2003-2017 added)

Missouri
- Missouri Death Certificates Index and Images 1910-1968 (update: year 1968 added)
- New Madrid County: City of New Madrid Cemetery Transcriptions (includes some cemeteries outside of the city)
- Perry County Wills and Probate Indexes
- Pike County Cemeteries
- St. Charles County: Sage Chapel Cemetery Burials (African American Cemetery in O'Fallon, Missouri)
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch Obituary Index; covers 1880-1930, 1942-1945, 1960-1970, and 1992-April 2019 (update: 2015-April 2019 added)

For the St. Louis item, see: Online St. Louis, Missouri Death Records, Indexes & Obituaries

Montana
- Montana State Deaths, 1907-2016 (at Ancestry/requires payment) coverage varies by county (update: year 2016 added; and now includes digitized images of the death certificates for some entries)

Nebraska
- Box Butte County, Funeral Home Records, 1919-1976 at FamilySearch

New Hampshire
- Carroll County: Brookfield Vital Records (includes indexes for burials, burial permits, marriages, and other items)

New Jersey
- New Jersey Death Index, 1901-1903 from FamilySearch/Reclaim the Records
- Essex County, Superintendent of Soldiers' Burials, 1776-1979 from FamilySearch

New York State
- New York State Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957 to March 1969 (update: Jan-March, 1969 added)
- New York, Cemetery Abstracts, 1800-1965 from FamilySearch; miscellaneous collection of cemetery records from New York State; has 175,000 entries
- Nassau County: Glen Cove Public Library Obituaries Index
- Washington County: Salem Bancroft Public Library Cemetery Archives (also includes some cemeteries in Bennington County, Vermont)
- Washington County Genealogy Indexes (includes Fort Ann Deaths, 1860-1894; Death Records from the Salem Press, January 2, 1874 to January 28, 1948; and other items)

New York City
- Richmond County: Staten Island, Moravian Cemetery Interment Records, 1866-1967 from FamilySearch

North Dakota
- North Dakota Cemetery Records, 1877-1999 from FamilySearch (cemetery transcriptions compiled by the Red River Valley Genealogical Society in West Fargo, North Dakota; has over 200,000 entries)

Ohio
- Athens County, Deceased Veteran Grave Registration Card File Index, 1819-1936 from FamilySearch
- Franklin County: Union Cemetery, Burial Records, ca. 1878-1980 (Columbus, Ohio) at FamilySearch
- Marion County: Marion Public Library Obituary Database
- Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery Records, 1882-1949 from FamilySearch (includes burial permits, 1915-1947 for Briar Hill Cemetery; coroner's inquest books, 1882-1922 for Summit county; and some records for Edwin Shaw Hospital)

Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1967 at Ancestry/requires payment (update: year 1967 added)
- Pennsylvania Death Records Indexes, 1906-1968 (update: year 1968 added)
- Allegheny County: Allegheny Cemetery Burials, 1845-1960 (in Pittsburgh) from FamilySearch
- Berks County, Reading, Charles Evans Cemetery and Crematory Burial Records, 1887-1979 from FamilySearch
- Carbon County: Jim Thorpe, Cemetery Records, 1747-2007 from FamilySearch
- Northumberland County: Sunbury City Cemetery Burial Documents (digitized images)
- Washington County: Monongahela Cemetery Records Search

Utah
- Utah Death Certificates Index, 1905-1967 (update: year 1967 added)

Vermont
- Bennington County: Salem Bancroft Public Library Cemetery Archives (includes 4 listings for Bennington County: Beartown Cemetery, Castleton Cemetery Inscriptions, Fair Haven Village Cemetery, and West Sandgate Cemetery; also includes some cemeteries in Washington County, NY)

Virginia
- Danville City Cemetery Records, 1833-2006 at FamilySearch; coverage varies by cemetery

Washington
- Washington (State) Death Certificates, 1907-1960 (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch)
- Washington Death Index, 1960-1964 (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch; surnames are arranged by Soundex code)
- Clallam County Genealogical Society Obituaries Database
- King County: Mountain View Cemetery Burials (in Auburn, Washington)
- Spokane County: Episcopal Diocese of Spokane Church Records, 1870-1947; at Ancestry/requires payment; includes baptisms, marriages and deaths; coverage varies by parish

Wyoming
- Wyoming, Reclaim the Records, State Archives Vital Records Indexes, 1908-1966 at FamilySearch; includes a Wyoming death index, 1939-1952; also has indexes for marriages (1941-1966), and divorces (1941-1952)

This is a list of the most recent additions. There are many more links for death records indexes at: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Online Indexes for Death Records, Cemeteries and Obituaries (USA) - Latest Additions and Updates

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Website (USA) has been updated with links to the following items...

Arizona
- Arizona Death Certificates, 1870-1968; and Birth Certificates, 1855-1943 (update: year 1968 added to the death records and year 1943 added to the birth records)
- Arizona Obituaries (a collection of over 85,000 transcribed Arizona obituaries, c. 2006-recent)
- Gila County Cemetery Records, 1927-1994 (from FamilySearch; for Dudleyville, Ft. Grant, Mammoth, Superior, Ray, and Hayden cemeteries; coverage may vary by cemetery)
- Pinal County GenWeb (includes some cemetery burials; death index, 1887-1908, and other items)

California
- Fresno County: Sanger/Del Rey Cemetery District Gravesite Locator
- Fresno County: Selma Cemetery District Burial Search
- Fresno County Cemeteries (has burial lists for Veterans Liberty Cemetery, Potters Fields, and Memorial Mausoleum interments at Ararat Armenian Cemetery)
- Kern County: Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemeteries Gravesite Locator (in Bakersfield, California)
- Kern County Cemeteries
- Kern County: Bakersfield Californian Obituaries Indexes, 2001-2002
- Los Angeles: California County Birth and Death Records at FamilySearch (includes some digitized Los Angeles death certificates from c.1905-c.1963) For info see: Online Los Angeles, California Death Records and Indexes
- Sacramento Cemetery Records, 1900-1959 from FamilySearch
- Sacramento County: Sylvan Cemetery Burials Search (Citrus Heights, CA)
- San Francisco County Genealogy Records, 1824-1997 from FamilySearch (includes coroner's records, probate indexes, marriage licenses, and other items; coverage varies by type of record)

Colorado
- Boulder County: Longmont Genealogical Society Projects (includes Shaw Mortuary Burial Records, Longmont Ledger Newspaper Index (births, marriages, and deaths), some cemetery burials, and other items)
- Denver County Probate Case Files, 1900-1925 at FamilySearch; digitized images only
- El Paso County: Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs Sacramental Records, 1800-1967 (at Ancestry/requires payment) includes baptism, marriage and burial records for parishes in Colorado Springs and nearby cities; coverage varies by parish

Connecticut
- Connecticut Vital Records Prior to 1850 (Barbour Index) from FamilySearch

Delaware
- Delaware Vital Records Indexes, 1650-1974 at FamilySearch (includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery indexes; coverage varies by place and type of record; includes images of the index cards)

Georgia
- Georgia Death Certificates, 1928-1942 Index and Images at FamilySearch (update: years 1941 and 1942 added)

Hawaii
- Hawaii, Kauai County Obituaries, 1982-2010 from FamilySearch

Idaho
- Idaho: County Birth and Death Records, 1883-1929 at FamilySearch (Includes digitized birth and death registers for Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Fremont, Kootenai, Latah, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Shoshone, Twin Falls and Washington counties. Coverage varies by county.)
- Idaho County Records from FamilySearch (for Butte, Cassia, Elmore, Gooding, Lemhi, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka and Twin Falls Counties; some of these have probate records or coroner's records or other items of genealogical interest; some of the records may not yet be indexed)
- Bonneville County: Rose Hill Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 (Idaho Falls) from FamilySearch

Illinois
- Cook County: Southern Cook County Obituaries, ca. 1970-1990 from FamilySearch; compiled by the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society
- LaSalle County: Local Newspaper Indexes (includes indexes for some deaths and obituaries; from the Peru Public Library)
- Macon County: Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007 from FamilySearch (includes obituary indexes, 1879-2007)
- Madison County: Collinsville Herald Assorted Obituaries (date range not given)
- Marion County: Elmwood Cemetery Transcriptions, 1853-2009 from FamilySearch (in Centralia, Illinois)
- Marion County: Elmwood Cemetery Grave Listing (in Centralia, Illinois)
- McHenry Plaindealer Obituary Indexes, August 1875 through April 1890 (ongoing project); and 1949-1984 (1950 is missing); from the McHenry Public Library District
- Stephenson County: Cedarville Cemetery Record Index from FamilySearch
- Stephenson County: Lena Park Cemetery Transcriptions, 1854-1983 from FamilySearch

Indiana
- Adams County: Adams Public Library: Index for the Decatur Daily Democrat (includes obituaries)
- Lake County: Crown Point Community Library Obituary Index
- Ripley County: Greendale Cemetery Records, 1861-2007 (Osgood, Indiana) from FamilySearch
- Steuben County Obituaries (assorted)

Iowa
- Allamakee County Historical Society Genealogy Indexes (includes indexes for wills/probates and coroner's inquests)
- Monroe County: Card Index of Births, Deaths and Marriages from Newspaper Clippings, 1898-2015 from FamilySearch

Kansas
- Leavenworth County Deaths, 1891-1911 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Kentucky
- Jefferson County: Louisville Cemetery Index Cards, 1840-1988 from FamilySearch
- Trimble County Obituaries, 1928-1989

Louisiana
- Louisiana Tombstone Inscriptions, 1812-1970 at FamilySearch (for assorted cemeteries in Louisiana; coverage varies by parish and cemetery)

Maine
- Knox County Cemetery Records, ca. 1800-2007 at FamilySearch
- Maine, Tombstone Inscriptions, Surname Index, 1620-2014 at FamilySearch (for assorted cemeteries in Maine; has 129,000 entries)

Maryland
- Baltimore, Loudon Park Cemetery Records, 1853-1986 at FamilySearch

Michigan
- Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 at FamilySearch (indexed collection of scanned obituaries from some public libraries in Michigan; has over 1 million images)
- Michigan Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 at FamilySearch

Minnesota
- Minnesota: County Deaths, 1850-2001 at FamilySearch (coverage varies by county; some counties have very few or no records) (update: images have now been indexed)
- Clay and Steele County Obituaries, 1865-2006 at FamilySearch
- Wright County, City of St. Michael and Frankfort Township, Birth and Death Records, 1900-1953 from FamilySearch (includes some entries prior to 1900)
- Yellow Medicine County Death Records, 1872-1910

Montana
- Montana Genealogy Records for Various Counties from FamilySearch (for Beaverhead, Big Horn, Cascade, Chouteau, Flathead, Granite, Judith Basin, Lake, Meagher, Pondera, Rosebud, Sanders, Sweet Grass, Teton, Toole, and Yellowstone Counties; some of these have death certificates or probate records and other items of genealogical interest; some of the records have not yet been indexed)
- Deer Lodge County: Anaconda, Cemetery Records, 1878-2005 from FamilySearch
- Mineral County Obituaries, 1870-2010 from FamilySearch

New Hampshire
- Hillsborough County: Manchester Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 from FamilySearch
- Hillsborough County, Manchester, Obituaries, 1800-2007 from FamilySearch
- Hillsborough County: Woodlawn and Edgewood Cemetery Search (Nashua, NH)
- Merrimack County: Concord Public Library Obituary Index, 1971-recent
- Rockingham County: Derry News Obituary Index, c. 1880-recent (from the Derry Public Library)
- Strafford County: Rochester Public Library Obituary Indexes (for the Rochester Courier, 1884-1993; the Rochester Times, 1993-2017; and Fosters Daily Democrat, 2015-ongoing)

New Jersey
- New Jersey Death Records Indexes, May 1848-June 1899 from the NJ State Archives (update: July 1897-June 1899 added)
- Essex County: Bloomfield Public Library Obituaries Indexes, 1973-2015 (from the Independent Press and Bloomfield Life Newspapers; also has a PDF with "Bloomfield and Montclair Cemetery Inscriptions Before 1800")
- Hudson County: Holy Name Cemetery, Card Index of Interment, 1849-1984 from FamilySearch; Catholic Cemetery in Jersey City

New Mexico
- Grant County Catholic Church Records (and other records) (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch)

New York State
- New York State Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957 to 1968 (update: February to December 1968 added)
- New York State Death Index, 1880-1956 at Ancestry/requires payment (update: 1852-1944 added for the city of Buffalo)
- Chautauqua County Cemetery Indexes (also has newspaper indexes and census transcriptions)
- Jefferson County Vital Records, 1847-1849
- Tompkins County Cemeteries
- Yates County Cemeteries

North Carolina
- North Carolina 1930s Works Project Administration (WPA) Cemetery Surveys (from the North Carolina Digital Collections; some counties not included)

Ohio
- Carroll County Veteran Grave Registrations, 1817-1980 from FamilySearch
- Clark County: Ferncliff Cemetery Burials (in Springfield, Ohio)
- Clermont County: Mt. Moriah Cemetery Burials Search (in Union Township)
- Columbiana County: Salem News Obituaries Index 1936-2018, and Grandview Cemetery Association Burial Database (update: more years added to the obituaries index)
- Coshocton County: Coshocton Public Library Genealogy and Local History (includes Index of Estates, 1811-1960; and other items)
- Hamilton County, Ohio Morgue Records, 1887-1930
- Hamilton County: Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati Burials Database
- Hamilton County: Mt. Washington Cemetery Burials
- Hancock County Probate Court Search (includes estates and marriages)
- Licking County: Hartford (Croton) Township Records, 1881-1962 (Burial Records and Cemetery Deeds) from FamilySearch
- Lucas County: Toledo City Cemetery Records (includes Forest, Haughton, Stateline, Maplewood and Collingwood Cemeteries)
- Trumbull County: Bloomfield Township, Brownwood Cemetery Records, 1824-2012 from FamilySearch
- Washington County: Marietta Cemetery Records, 1788-2013 from FamilySearch

Oregon
- Deschutes County: Bend Bulletin Newspaper Indexes, 1903-1994 (update: more years added)
- Linn County Death Certificates, c.1903-1965 (indexed) includes digitized images of the death certificates (also has an index for obituaries and other items)
- Marion County: Oregon State Hospital List of Unclaimed Cremains
- Tillamook County Obituaries Index, 1871-recent (update: more years added)
- Umatilla County: Olney Cemetery Records (Pendleton, Oregon)

Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Death Records Indexes, 1906-1968 (update: year 1968 added)
- Schuylkill County: Schuylkill Haven, Funeral Home Obituary Cards, 1914-2007 at FamilySearch

Texas
- Bexar County Vital Records Index (Births and Deaths) (Date range not given, but it appears to cover c.1940s-c.2000s for births and c.1960s-c.2000s for deaths.)
- Bexar County Cemeteries (some with burial indexes)
- Bexar County: San Antonio Cemetery Records, 1893-2007 from FamilySearch (includes records from the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Old City Cemetery, and San Jose Burial Park)
- Comanche County Records, 1858-1955 from FamilySearch (includes digitized death records, c.1904 to 1982 (not yet indexed), and other items)
- Harris County: Historic Hollywood Cemetery Records, 1895-2008 (Houston) from FamilySearch
- Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985 from FamilySearch (includes digitized death records, 1903-1985, and other genealogy records; many of the items are not indexed, but images of the records can be browsed)
- Swisher County Genealogy Records, 1879-2012 at FamilySearch (includes death records or registers, 1903-1989 with some years missing; an index to deaths, 1903-2012; and other items; coverage varies by type of record; not yet complete)

Utah
- Utah Death Certificates Index, 1905-1967 (update: year 1967 added)

Virginia
- Virginia Death Certificates, June 1912-1987 from FamilySearch
- Virginia Death Records Index, 1912-2014; and Death Certificates, 1912-1991 at Ancestry/requires payment (update: years 1988-1991 added to the digitized death certificates)
- Virginia, Jewish Cemetery Records Index, ca. 1800-1986 from FamilySearch
- Charlotte County Cemetery Indexes (also has other genealogy indexes; from the Charlotte County Historical and Genealogical Society)
- Fluvanna County: Colbert Funeral Home Records, 1929-1976 from FamilySearch
- Lynchburg: Diuguid Funeral Home records, 1820-1971 from FamilySearch (Index and images of records from Old City and Spring Hill Cemeteries, Lynchburg, Virginia)

Washington
- Washington (State) Death Certificates, 1907-1960 from FamilySearch (update: most entries now have images)
- Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960 (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch)
- Washington Death Index, 1960-1964 (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch; surnames are arranged by Soundex code)
- Clallam County Genealogical Society Obituaries Database

West Virginia
- West Virginia Death Index, 1853-1970 at FamilySearch; includes statewide death index for 1917-1956, and a county death index for 1853-1970 (appears to end c. 1973); coverage for the county death index varies by county; entries in this database link to images offsite
- West Virginia Death Records and Index, 1853-1968; coverage varies by county (update: year 1968 added)
- Ohio County: Mount Wood Cemetery Records (Wheeling, West Virginia)

Wisconsin
- Winnefox Vital Records Index (indexes vital records from newspapers in Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Waushara, and Winnebago Counties; coverage varies by county)
- Manitowoc Genealogy and Local History Database (includes a death notice and obituary index, 2017-current, and other items; ongoing project)
- Manitowoc County: Cemetery Records of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
- Waupaca County Cemeteries and Obituaries

This is a list of the most recent additions. There are many more links for death records indexes at: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Saturday, November 10, 2018

List of U.S. World War I Records and Indexes on the Internet - Latest Additions

The Online U.S. World War One Indexes and Records webpage has been updated with the following links...

World War I - New General Additions
- Burial Cards of World War I Soldiers -- Card Register of Burials of Deceased American Soldiers, 1917-1922 from the U.S. National Archives (NARA)
- Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 from FamilySearch (Indexes World War I veterans who made (or whose heirs made) pension or benefits claims of the Veterans Administration from 1917 to 1940.)
- World War I American Expeditionary Forces Deaths, 1917-1919 from FamilySearch

World War I - New Additions for Individual States
- Connecticut: World War I Military Census of Nurses, 1917 from FamilySearch
- Delaware World War I Servicemen Records, 1917-1919 from FamilySearch
- Florida World War I Navy Card Roster, 1917-1920 from FamilySearch
- Georgia World War I Statement of Service Cards Index, 1920-1929 from FamilySearch
- Illinois Digital Archives: World War I Documents
- Maine State Archive Collections, 1718-1957 (from FamilySearch; includes a World War I Card Index to Soldiers by Town, 1917-1919)
- Maine State Archives, World War I (WWI) Grave Cards, 1914-1950 at FamilySearch
- Mississippi World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919 from FamilySearch
- Missouri: World War I Biography and Service Records Index for Persons Who Enlisted in St. Louis City and County
- Oregon: World War I, Veteran State Aid Applications, 1921-1938 from FamilySearch
- Tennessee: Record of Ex-Soldiers in World War I, Tennessee Counties, 1917-1919
- Washington State - Spokane County War Committee, Veteran Service Record Cards, 1921-1922
- Wisconsin World War I Roster Database

This is a list of the most recent additions. There are many more links to U.S. World War I records listed at: Online World War One Indexes and Records - WWI (USA)

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Online Indexes for Death Records, Cemeteries and Obituaries (USA) - Newest Additions and Updates

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Website (USA) has been updated with links to the following items...

Alaska
- Anchorage Newspapers Obituary Indexes, 1915 to October 1, 2001 (update: years 1915-1980 added)

Arizona
- Arizona Death Records Index 1870-1967 and Birth Index 1855-1942; includes PDF images (update: year 1967 added to the death records; 1942 added to the birth records)

Arkansas
- Sevier County Death Records, 1914-1923 at FamilySearch (indexed)
- Sevier County Death Records, 1914-2014; digitized microfilm (unindexed)

California
- Orange County Digitized Cemetery Records Index, 1802-1978 (for Magnolia Memorial Park, St. John's Lutheran sections I and II, El Toro, Holy Cross, San Juan Capistrano Mission, Yorba, Anaheim, and Santa Ana Cemeteries; coverage varies by cemetery)
- Santa Cruz County Registrar’s Burial Permits, 1860s-1930s (for people buried in cemeteries in northern Santa Cruz County; Excel file)
- Solano Cemetery District Burials Search; for Rockville Cemetery and Suisun Fairfield Cemetery (both in Fairfield, California)

Connecticut
- Connecticut Death Records Index, 1897-1968 (update: years 1967 and 1968 added)
- New Haven County: Center Street Cemetery Burials (in Wallingford, Connecticut)

District of Columbia
- District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records, 1854-2013 (browsable images from FamilySearch)

Georgia
- Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955 (from FamilySearch; includes some cemetery records and obituary abstracts; not all items are indexed; coverage varies)

Idaho
- Idaho Death Records, 1890-1967 (at Ancestry/requires payment) (update: years 1931-1967 added) includes digitized copies of the death certificates

Illinois
- Cook County: Blue Island Sun Standard Obituaries Index, 1919-1969 (has name and year of death for each entry)
- McLean County Genealogical Society Indexes (includes Elmer E. Garst's Little Black Book, containing the names, births, and deaths of residents of Stanford, Illinois)
- White County Death Register, 1878-1915; Index, 1878-1912 (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch)

Indiana
- Hendricks County Archive Indexes (includes indexes for marriage licenses, wills and other items)
- Hendricks County: WPA Index to Deaths, 1882-1920
- Vigo County: City of Terre Haute Cemetery Burials (for Highland Lawn and Woodlawn Cemeteries)

Iowa
- Cerro Gordo County: Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery Burials Search (in Mason City, Iowa)
- Johnson County Local News Index, 1962-recent (indexes some obituaries from local newspapers; from the Iowa City Public Library)
- Tama County Cemeteries
- North Central Iowa Genealogy Society Obituary Database

Kansas
- Kansas Cemetery Abstracts at FamilySearch; includes some cemeteries in 60 Kansas counties (of 105)

Kentucky
- Kentucky Death Certificates and Records, 1852-1965; includes digitized Kentucky death certificates from 1911-1964 (at Ancestry/requires payment) update: year 1965 added to the death certificates
- Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 at FamilySearch (update: years 1964 and 1965 added)

Louisiana
- Louisiana Death Records Index 1911-1967 (update: year 1967 added)
- Assorted Louisiana Cemetery Burial Lists; Includes some (mostly small) cemeteries in Acadia Parish (1); Allen Parish (4); Ascension Parish (1); Beauregard Parish (several); Evangeline Parish (1); and St. John the Baptist Parish (4).
- Orleans Parish: Archdiocese of New Orleans Catholic Burial Records Search
- Orleans Parish: Greenwood Cemetery Burials (in New Orleans)

Maryland
- Baltimore: Lock Funeral Home Records, 1936-2007 (at FamilySearch)

Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters Mortuary Records Index (Irish fraternal life insurance society; FamilySearch has digitized copies of the records online)

Michigan
- Gladwin County Library Obituary Index
- Gladwin County Death Index, 1875-2000
- Gladwin County: Transcriptions of Some Obituaries from the Gladwin County Record
- Wayne County: Dearborn Area Deaths (index), c. 1930s-1950s (also has indexes for 3 Dearborn cemeteries; from the Dearborn Genealogical Society)

Missouri
- Missouri Death Certificates Index and Images 1910-1967 (update: year 1967 added)
- Greene County Area Deaths (from the Ozarks Genealogical Society)
- Maries County Obituary Indexes, 1989-2015 (also indexes marriage and birth announcements; also has obituary indexes for Osage County)
- St. Louis: Annual Reports of the Coroner and the Superintendent of the Morgue of the City of St. Louis Index, 1879-1897
- St. Louis County Coroner's Records, Indexes to Natural Deaths, 1953-1962
- Wright County Cemeteries

For the St. Louis items see: Online St. Louis, Missouri Death Records, Indexes & Obituaries

New Jersey
- New Jersey Death Index, 1901-2017 (with gaps) from Reclaim the Records (searchable from 2001-2017; browsable images from 1901-1903, 1920-1929, and 1949-2000; note: about half of 1920-1924 is missing)
- New Jersey Death Records Indexes, May 1848-June 1897 (update: May 1848-May 1878 and July 1896-June 1897 added)
- Mercer County: Princeton Cemetery of Nassau Presbyterian Church - Interment Records Search (in Princeton, New Jersey); Aaron Burr (of Hamilton fame) and Grover Cleveland are buried here.

New York
- New York State Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957 to January 1968 (update Nov 1967-Jan 1968 added)

North Carolina
- Davidson County Vital Records, 1867-2006 (from FamilySearch; images only; includes birth certificates, marriage licenses and death records; coverage varies by type of record)
- Person County WPA Cemetery Survey Records scanned searchable book; compiled in 1937
- Person County Cemeteries
- Randolph County: Asheboro Courier and Courier-Tribune Newspapers - Obituaries Index, 1903-2005 (update: more years added)

Ohio
- Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004 at FamilySearch
- Huron County Cemetery Inscriptions
- Washington County Newspaper Obituaries, 1884-2013 at FamilySearch

Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Death Certificates 1906-1966 (at Ancestry/requires payment) (update: years 1965 and 1966 added)
- Pennsylvania Death Records Indexes 1906-1967 (update: year 1967 added)
- Pennsylvania Gravestone Photo Project
- Franklin County: Upper Path Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery Burials (in Spring Run, Pennsylvania)
- Indiana County: Oakland Cemetery Search (in Indiana, Pennsylvania)
- Lackawanna County: Washburn Street Cemetery Burials (in Hyde Park, Scranton, Pennsylvania)

Rhode Island
- Arnold’s Rhode Island Vital Records through 1850 (list of links to downloadable scanned volumes of the books)
- Providence Vital Records Indexes, 1851-1935 (list of links to PDFs of the books; includes deaths, 1851-1930)

South Carolina
- South Carolina Death Index 1915-1967 (update: years 1963-1967 added)
- South Carolina Probate Search for the following counties: Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Greenwood, Jasper, Kershaw, Marlboro, Newberry, Oconee, and Saluda (update: more counties added)

Tennessee
- Tennessee Death Records and Index 1914-1966 from FamilySearch (update: years 1956-1966 added)
- Hamilton County: Forest Hills Cemetery Burials (in Chattanooga, Tennessee)

Texas
- Bell County Cemeteries
- Cooke County Probate Records, 1849-1982 from FamilySearch
- Gonzales County Death Records, 1863-1970 from FamilySearch

Utah
- Utah Death Certificates Index 1905-1966; includes free downloadable images of the death certificates (update: year 1966 added)
- Box Elder County: Tremonton and Garland Obituaries, 1959-2013 from FamilySearch
- Salt Lake County Digital Archives: Records Online (includes: Salt Lake County Death Record Search, 1847-1949; Coroner's Record Book, 1858-1881; and more)

West Virginia
- West Virginia Death Records and Index 1853-1967; coverage varies by county (update: year 1967 added)

Wisconsin
- Washburn County: Spooner Cemetery Burials (does not include dates of death or burial)

Wyoming
- Albany County Obituary Index, 1958-1968

This is a list of the most recent additions and updates. There are many more links for death records indexes at: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries