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Jan 02, 2020
Today’s featured FamilySearch collection is Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915.
You can search Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 for your ancestor to see if
it reveals that he or she moved from someplace else during the Great Migration.
This collection is made of several types of records:
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915.
You can find out what information each record type contains by viewing the collection’s Learn More page here. With the type of records we are researching, we would not be interested in burial certificates because they were generated 1807-1860. Death records generated before 1860 would be of no use as well.
Death Registers and Inspectors of the Jail and Penitentiary
House up to 1914 are bound volumes, and they can lead to interesting finds.
Also, not every name in the collection is a person who died. According to the
Research Wiki, some of the hospital records give the date of discharge for the
living and their names are included in with the deceased. So, you could have a
goldmine if you ancestor was not deceased but released from the hospital.
The undertaker’s certificate will lead you to the funeral
home and cemetery. You can also look for US Census records with the names of
your ancestor’s parents. City directories will identify them during the in
Death certificates that were generated between 1904 and 1915
would be useful because they would confirm parents, former residence, and place
of birth. It would show that your ancestor could have lived in a previous place
and was born in a different place. The death certificate also reveals the
undertaker and place of burial. That means you can find an obituary, funeral
home, and cemetery.
Let’s look for Elouise Mitchell in her late twenties: I found a death certificate from 20 August 1914.
Elouise Constance Mitchell lived at 1505 Christian St. in Philadelphia. She was a 28 year old domestic. She was born to Jonas E. Mitchell and Catherine Green of South Carolina. She lived with Jennie Mitchell the informant. Perhaps Jennie was a cousin or sister. Maybe the US Census would tell.
Another thing that is interesting is Elouise was buried in Charleston, SC. We searched to see if her death or any related events were recorded in South Carolina as well. We searched the new FamilySearch collection South Carolina, Charleston City Death Records, 1821-1926 and found a record here of Elouise Mitchell’s death (please click on image to view larger):
Name: Eloise C MitchellEvent Type: DeathEvent Date: 20 Aug 1914Event Place: Charleston, South Carolina, United StatesEvent Place (Original): Charleston, S CGender: FemaleAge: 28Race: ColoredBirth Year (Estimated): 1886Burial Place: Morris Brown
Digital Folder Number: 100588400Image Number: 00108
“South Carolina, Charleston City Death Records, 1821-1926”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:4KP3-P56Z : 11 December 2019), Eloise C Mitchell, 1914.
We also found a death record and transport record related to transporting the deceased to Charleston for burial:
Our search for Elouise Mitchell in the FamilySearch collection United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 did not reveal an obituary for Elouise Mitchell, but your search for your ancestor in this collection may produce results.
For more resources go to the FamilySearch Wiki pages Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Genealogy and Charleston County, South Carolina Genealogy. The FamilySearch Wiki page African American Resources for South Carolina contains a detailed list of resources for African American genealogy in South Carolina.
Researching African American Genealogy provides step-by-step guidance for beginning your ancestor search, as well as links to online resources.
Quick Guide to African American Records contains information on beginning research tips, links to suggested guides for beginning your search for African American ancestors, overviews of major record sets, tips for finding the slaveholder, links to tutorials for African American genealogy in the FamilySearch Learning Center, and links to other online and offline resources.
Southern States Slavery and Bondage Collections will help you locate digitized searchable collections as well as digitized microfilms in the FamilySearch catalog related to slavery and bondage. The page is arranged by state.
African American Genealogy provides links to Wiki pages for researching African Americans in each U.S. state.
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