Using Death Records

Course Id: 2145-22
Continuous: Register any time and receive immediate access for 14 days.
Instructor: Lisa Alzo
Available Seats: 17      
Tuition: $39.99
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.

In this course, you’ll learn the basics on how to find, analyze and cite death records for your US ancestors.
    •    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

Course 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