Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fantastic Find: Missouri, Death Certificates, 1910-1962 now on Ancestry

The Ancestry search form for the Missouri, Death Certificate, 1910-1962.

"Missouri Death Certificates, 1910 - 1964" has been available free for years from the Missouri Digital Heritage through the Missouri Secretary of State's office.  Now it looks like Ancestry has incorporated a search form for that collection through its Ancestry Web Search.

You don't have to have an account with Ancestry to search these records, it just provides a link to the Missouri site--Ancestry already does this with FindAGrave, among other sources.  While the FindAGrave search form on Ancestry is a big improvement on the original site's search form (as I covered here), I found the Ancestry search form for the Missouri Death Certificates to be only slightly more flexible (you can search exact date of death instead of just year and month, and you can also search other locations beside death place).

The advanced search page for the Missouri site.

For an Ancestry user this is a nice addition to the search.  If you are not an Ancestry user you can go directly to the free Missouri site.

A "Brief History of Vital Records in Missouri" here.  There is also a "Missouri Birth & Death Records Database, Pre-1910" that is not as comprehensive as the 1910-1964, but still worth a look.  Ancestry has a collection, "Missouri, Death Records, 1834-1910," that may or may not contain the same set of records as the pre-1910 mentioned above (it's not clear to me, although the Ancestry database description indicates that it comes from the Missouri state archives).

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