Death Certificates (vital records)
Social Security Death Index
Obituaries and death notices
US Genweb Tombstone Project
Search for specific cemeteries, people, projects
US Veterans Gravesite Locator
Search for burial locations of veterans and
their family members in VA National
Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various
other military and Department of Interior
cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private
cemeteries when the grave is marked with a
government grave marker.
Most, but not all, foreign countries record births
Persons who need a copy of a foreign birth or
death record should contact the Embassy or the
nearest Consulate in the U.S. of the country in
which the death occurred.
General rule of thumb. Vital registration began in
many countries around 1900 give or take a few
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LSC-CyFair Branch Library Databases
New York Times Historical
Access Archive Newspaper
Limitations to any obituary search
Finding the newspaper
Lack of an obituary
State death indexes
Some international death information for
Europe, Canada and Australia
Most databases are very focused on a small region
and time period. In other words, you need a
bit of luck.
“Read” a cemetery, provide a transcription
Add photos and history
Genealogy is a very labor intensive, very
personal, very human endeavor