Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday's Tip - Check Out Missouri Digital Heritage Collections

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Check out the Missouri Digital Heritage record collections, especially the vital records.

After posting Tuesday's Tip - FamilySearch has 16 Missouri Record Collections last week, I was contacted by reader Trenton who suggested I look at the Missouri Digital Heritage website, especially the Genealogy collections.  Here is the top of the page:

Further down is a link to the Missouri Birth & Death Records Database Pre-1910:

And still further down the page is the Missouri Death Certificates link:

There are many other genealogy-related databases available on this website - if you have Missouri ancestry, you should be checking all of them out.

I want to focus only on the Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1964 database:

The web page says:

"At the Missouri State Archives, it’s our goal to give Missourians easy access to our state’s rich history.  That’s why we’ve placed millions of documents and images online at   www.MissouriDigitalHeritage.com. And we’re adding more to that collection every week.

"But unless you’re already a genealogy buff, you might be surprised to learn that some of the most interesting and popular documents in our collection include more than 2.2 million death certificates.
You can see these death certificates of famous Missourians, such as John William “Blind” Boone and Laura Ingalls Wilder. But you can also find out a lot of information about your own family history.

"Missouri Digital Heritage allows you to search by name, county or by date. It’s an invaluable resource, and I’m sure that like me, you’ll discover something new about your Missouri ancestors."

There is a search box at the bottom of the page, and I entered "seaver" into the last name field.  The search provided 38 matches:

I picked the second one from the list - for Amelia Seaver, who died in 1923:

The death certificate for Amelia provides residence, death place, date of death, cause of death, sex, race, marital status, spouse, birth date, parents names, and burial information.  

Missouri is one of a handful of states that provides document images of death certificates.  In this case, it's a PDF that can be downloaded and saved by the user.

 Reader Sharon also commented on the earlier blog post with the same link and information.  Thank you Trenton and Sharon for sharing.

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/09/tuesdays-tip-check-out-missouri-digital.html

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