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North Carolina, Deaths, 1906-1930  and North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994
This article describes a collection of records at
North Carolina, 
United States
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Location of North Carolina
Record Description
Record Type Death Records
Collection years 1906-1994
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

These collections are indexes to deaths recorded in North Carolina for the years 1906–1930 and 1931–1994. The State of North Carolina began recording deaths in March 1913. North Carolina death certificates are recorded on a printed form which was filled in by hand or typed. Death records, along with birth and marriage records, were recorded in churches throughout the United States colonial period. However, as early as the 1600s laws were enacted, but not enforced for a civil registry. In the 1900s the idea of a central system began to take hold, and many states began to record vital statistics. All states had birth and death records for their state by 1919 and had complied with the model registration law using a standard certificate. Overtime the content of birth and death records expanded to include details other than name and date of the event. Death certificates now include information on the parents, marital status, occupation, military service, cause of death (direct and contributing factors), citizenship, and the location of death. The information is gathered from attending medical professionals and family members then indexed, processed, and filed by state or local registrar. Information pertaining to death is reliable; including death, name of the attending physician or attending medical professional, name and address of the funeral home used, and the exact date and place of burial. Other information is dependent upon the reliability of the informant.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

  • Name and gender of deceased
  • Date, place and time of death
  • City and county in which death occurred
  • Age of deceased in years, months, days
  • Race, marital status and occupation of deceased
  • Name of spouse
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Father's name and birthplace
  • Mother's maiden name and birthplace
  • Name of informant, often a family member
  • Burial information

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search These Collections?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of person
  • The approximate date of death
  • The place where the death occurred

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

For the North Carolina, Deaths, 1906-1930 Collection: {{Search Collection Link | CID=CID1584959

For North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994 Collection:

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the information on the death record to locate funeral home and cemetery records
  • Use the information on the death record to locate an obituary
  • Use the information on the death record to search for the family in census records
  • Use the information on the death record to search additional state and county records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties

Known Issues with This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation

"North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994." Database. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Citing Department of Public Health, Vital Records Section. State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh.

Collection Citation

"North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Citing Department of Public Health, Vital Records Section. State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh.

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