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Funeral Homes

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 volumes. FamilySearch.
  • Funeral Cards Online. From Genealogy Today. Every week additional images of cards are scanned and updated from locations around the world. This fully searchable database is available online and is free.
  • Funeral Homes - US
  • Funeral Homes Directory.
  • FuneralNet- America's online obituary, funeral, cremation, and cemetery resource.
  • Selected Independent Funeral Homes.

  • 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.