Funeral homes may be a source for memorial cards,
sympathy cards, a packet including the death certificate, a list of
guests, and possibly an invoice. The funeral home probably kept some
sort of record with at least the basic death and burial information.
Funeral homes are private businesses, and as a result their records
are private property and do not have to be made available to the
public. When a funeral home was sold, the records were not always
transferred to the new business owners. The previous owners may have
kept the records or destroyed them. Older records may be microfilmed
and may possibly be available at Family History Centers or other
libraries. Some funeral homes have place, allowed, their earlier
records to be made available via the Internet.
California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1931
– Imaged Records -This project was indexed in partnership with
the California Genealogical Society and Library. Name index and
images of funeral home records from the Halsted N. Gray – Carew
& English Mortuary Collection, located at the San Francisco
Public Library. Images for all years in collection can be
browsed, but name index currently covers only years 1896-1931.
Collection includes a number of different funeral homes acquired
over time by the Halsted N. Gray – Carew & English Mortuary
company, most from the San Francisco area, but also including
some from Burlingame, Stockton, and Sacramento. The collection
includes funeral register books, burial registers, account
books, case books, etc. Indexes appear at the beginning of some
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- Virginia, Fluvanna County – Colbert Funeral Home Records, 1829-1976 - Browsable Imaged Records – The funeral home was located in Bremo Bluff and served residents of Fluvanna County and surrounding counties. Each volume is indexed except for the one covering 1973-1976. FamilySearch.