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
i Idaho: Death Index 1911-1956
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
I Massachusetts: Vital Records 1600-1849
I Michigan: Genealogical Death Indexing System 1867-1897
I Minnesota: Death Certificates Index 1904-2001
I Missouri: Death Certificates, 1910-1956
I Montana: Death Registry Index Pre-1954 and 1954-2002
I New Mexico: Death Index Project (1899-1940)
I North Dakota: Public Death Index Project (1881-present)
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
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
I Tennessee: Index to Tennessee Death Records 1914-1922
I Tennessee: Partial Index to Tennessee Death Records 1914-1925
I Texas: Texas Death Records 1964-1998
vitals.rootsweb.com/tx/death/search.cgi il Virginia: Death Records Index 1853-1896
I Wisconsin: Wisconsin Genealogy Index (pre-1907 birth, death, and marriage records)
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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