Georgia Death Records and Death Index

It may surprise you to learn how often genealogists face this particular set of circumstances. They are aware of when their ancestor was born, when they may have married, when their children were born but they just can’t find out when they died.

There are a fair few instances where the only information missing is the death date which can be very frustrating. This is why knowing what death records may be available to you can be vital in your research.

It is important to note that one of the biggest issues in finding a death record can be looking in the wrong place. You may be surprised how often people miss records because they are looking in the wrong county and sometimes even the wrong state.

In this post we will be looking at Georgia state death records and indexes to try and help you find those elusive ancestors. So if you are confident that your ancestor likely died in the state of Georgia then read on and hopefully we can help you out.

About Georgia

The state of Georgia is the youngest of the 13 original states having been founded in 1732 by English colonists. Originally much larger it lost some of its lands with the creation of Alabama and Mississippi. Despite this it still remains the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

Georgia was the fourth state to obtain statehood being ratified on January 2nd 1788. Also known as the Peach State and the Empire State of the South Georgia’s motto is “Wisdom, Justice and Moderation.”

Social Security Death Index 1935 – 2014

All American citizens, naturalized immigrants and resident aliens require a Social Security number for proof of identification and authorization to work. This number follows us throughout our life and when we die this nine digit code is very important.

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is a database of death records that was compiled from the United States Social Security Administration Death Master File. This was until 2014 when the rules changed and public access to the Death Master File had to take place through a certification program.

Those researching the deaths of ancestors in Georgia will likely find that most people who have died between 1936 and 2014 can be found on the Social Security Death Index. This does however only hold true if the person had a Social Security number when they died.

It is estimated that since 1973 the SSDI recorded 93% to 96% of the deaths of individuals aged 65 or over. The index was updated frequently and by June of 2011 there were 89,835,920 records available.

The index can be found on websites such as FamilySearch and Ancestry.com and offers details such as:

  • Given name and surname (middle initial since the 1990s)
  • Date of birth
  • Month and year of death (Full date of death for accounts active after 2000)
  • Social Security number
  • State or territory Social Security number was issued
  • Last place of residence when alive including ZIP code

Click here to search Ancestrydeathindex

U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

This is more or less an extension of the information you can find from the Social Security Death Index. It has been extracted from the SSDI records but features more details. It does not include all of the names found in the SSDI however but there are at least 49 million names included.

In this record you may find additional information such as:

  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents' names who, if deceased, would be over 75 when you are viewing the records (may be redacted if under 75)
  • Citizenship status
  • Gender
  • Sometimes race or ethnic group

Click here to search AncestryDeathindex

Georgia Death Index 1919 – 1998

This is an ancestry index with over 2.7 million deaths recorded for the state of Georgia. Located on Ancestry it is found behind a paywall and will require at least a basic US membership to the site or for those outside of the United States a World Traveler membership or equivalent.

This is an index without images but it has transcriptions of the information held within the collection. This may include:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Age
  • Birth date
  • Death date
  • Death place

Click here to search the Georgia Death Index 1919 - 1998

Georgia Death Certificates 1919 – 1927 & 1928 – 1943

These are actually two collections that are available through Familysearch.org, a free website from the Church of Latter Day Saints in Utah. These two databases both cover state death records for Georgia one spans the years 1919 – 1927 while the other is later and covers 1928 – 1943.

They have hundreds of thousands of death records each which include images of the death certificates containing all the relevant information. It should be noted that the 1919 – 1927 index also has some earlier records from between 1914 – 1918 but these are sporadic.

From these two indexes you can find out the basic biographical data as well the names and birthplaces of parents. Causes of death will also be included.

Search here for Georgia Death Certificates 1919 – 1927 or Georgia Death Certificates 1928 – 1943

Georgia Archives Death Certificates 1919 – 1927

You can also find the same Georgia death certificates as found in the Familysearch 1919 – 1927 index at the Georgia archives website.

Search here for the Georgia Archives Website

Georgia Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992

This collection can be found on Ancestry.com so will require a membership to utilize fully. It has 250 years worth of wills and probates from various counties in Georgia. Contained within the many pages in this collection you may find family information and details of the property owned by your ancestors.

Search here for Georgia Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992

County Specific Georgia Death Indexes, Obituaries and Cemeteries

Aside from the statewide records found on big sites like Ancestry.com and Familysearcg.org you can find a lot of county specific databases and indexes online as well.

County Georgia Death Indexes, Obituaries and Cemeteries
Atlanta See Fulton County
Augusta See Richmond County
Bibb
Bulloch
Carroll
Chatham
Chattooga
Cherokee
Clarke
  • Clarke County: Oconee Hill Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions
Cobb
Columbus See Muscogee County
Dawson See Lumpkin County
Decatur
Floyd
Fulton
Glynn
Gordon
  • Gordon County Obituaries clippings of obituaries and other articles about County residents from 1800 to 2007."
Hall
Harris See Muscogee County
Houston
Jones
Lee
Lumpkin
Macon See Bibb County
Morgan
Muscogee
Oconee
Oglethorpe
Paulding
Pickens
  • Pickens County Genealogy Indexes includes deaths, between 1919-1922; Pickens Progress obituaries index, 1997-2004; and census mortality schedules
Quitman
Richmond
Savannah See Chatham County
Schley
Seminole
Stewart
Sumter
  • Sumter County Genealogy Indexes includes indexes for cemeteries, death certificates and obituaries
Terrelll
Thomas
Troup
Twiggs
Webster
Wilkes

Conclusion

There are a great deal of county level indexes that can help you find obituaries, death records and indexes on a local level. On the state level there is easy access to images of death certificates as long as they are old enough.

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