Scan the results of your query

In our case, the results page contains two individuals named William H. Abell. One died in Larue County and the other in Jefferson County. The location seems right for the William from Larue County. We check the death date, September 7, 1955, and the age, 82, both of which are consistent with what we've heard from interviews with family members. The database also supplies us with the record volume number and certificate number, which we can use to obtain a copy of the certificate.

The following are some free sites containing state-wide vital records indexes:

i California: Death Records 1940-1997

vitals.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi i California: Pre-1905 CA Death Index Project

www.rootsweb.com/~cabf190 5/

i Idaho: Death Index 1911-1956

www.rootsweb.com/~idgenweb/deaths/search.htm

i Illinois: Death Index 1916-1950

www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphde athindex.html i Kentucky: Death Index 1911-2000

vitals.rootsweb.com/ky/death/search.cgi i Maine: Death Index 1960-1996

portalx.bisoex.state.me.us/pls/archives_mhsf/archdev.d eath_archive.search_form i Maryland: Death Index 1898-1951

mdvitalrec.net/cfm/dsp_search.cfm

I Massachusetts: Vital Records 1600-1849

www.ma-vitalrecords.org

I Michigan: Genealogical Death Indexing System 1867-1897

www.mdch.state.mi.us/pha/osr/gendisx/search2.htm

I Minnesota: Death Certificates Index 1904-2001

people.mnhs.org/dci/Search.cfm?bhcp=1

I Missouri: Death Certificates, 1910-1956

www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/

I Montana: Death Registry Index Pre-1954 and 1954-2002

www.rootsweb.com/~mtmsgs/death_records.htm

I New Mexico: Death Index Project (1899-1940)

www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/nm/nmdi.htm

I North Dakota: Public Death Index Project (1881-present)

secure.apps.state.nd.us/doh/certificates/deathCertSear ch.htm

I Ohio: Death Certificate Index, 1913-1944

www.ohiohistory.org/dindex/ I Oregon: Death Index, 1903-1930

www.heritagetrailpress.com/Death_Index/ I South Carolina: Death Indexes, 1915-1956

www.scdhec.net/administration/vr/vrdi.htm

i South Dakota: Birth Record Search Site for South Dakota Birth Records with Birth Dates Over 100 Years apps.sd.gov/applications/PH14Over100BirthRec/index.asp

I Tennessee: Index to Tennessee Death Records 1908-1912

www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/vital/death2.htm

I Tennessee: Index to Tennessee Death Records 1914-1922

www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/vital/tndeath.htm

I Tennessee: Partial Index to Tennessee Death Records 1914-1925

www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/vital/death.htm

I Texas: Texas Death Records 1964-1998

vitals.rootsweb.com/tx/death/search.cgi il Virginia: Death Records Index 1853-1896

ajax.lva.lib.va.us/F/?func=file&file_name=find-b-clas2 9&local_base=clas29

I Wisconsin: Wisconsin Genealogy Index (pre-1907 birth, death, and marriage records)

www.wisconsinhistory.org/vitalrecords

There are also free sites with smaller collections of vital records — such as birth records for a particular county. To find these, use a genealogically focused search engine or your favorite general search engine.

Vital records indexes are available on subscription sites. At the time this book was written, Ancestry.com had vital record indexes for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. WorldVitalRecords. com had vital record indexes for Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Both sites also contain vital records collections for specific localities (such as a city or a county).

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