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Posts about death records, including how to find and use these primary sources in the United States, Scandinavia, and Europe.

19 Oct 2015

FamilySearch German Databases Updated

By |19 Oct 2015|Databases, Death Records, Digital Collections, Genealogy, German Genealogy, Marriage Records, Prussian Genealogy|3 Comments

An astute friend told me that the FamilySearch German Databases updated on 18 September 2015. Great news! If you haven't searched the three main German databases available at FamilySearch in a while, it's worth taking a look again. And if you're new to research in Germany (and Prussia), these database [...]

22 Aug 2015


By |22 Aug 2015|Databases, Death Records, Genealogy, Newspapers|0 Comments

SS Eastland rescue efforts, 24 Jul 1915. Courtesy Wikipedia. GenDisasters is an online database of "information on the [U.S. and Canadian] historic disasters, events, and tragic accidents our ancestors endured," as well as information about their lives and deaths. I was working on a client's tree and she needed more information [...]

30 Jul 2015

Four Founders of Jamestown Identified

By |30 Jul 2015|Death Records, Genealogy|0 Comments

Four founders of Jamestown identified this week with the news from Jamestown Rediscovery that the bodies that were exhumed in November 2013 were indeed prominent leaders of the first British colony that gave rise to modern-day America. By studying nail patterns, the research team deduced two of the men [...]

25 Jul 2015

Social Security Applications and Claims Index

By |25 Jul 2015|Databases, Death Records|0 Comments

Ancestry has added a great new database with 49 million records for researchers working in 20th- and early-21st-century America: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Entries in this database tend to have more information than the death index, including the following: Applicant's full name SSN (included if the [...]