Finding GA Death Certificates from 1928 to 1930

Yesterday’s post focused on a Georgia death certificate from 1928 and at the end I promised to tell you how to find those records.  I had a whole post written that started out:

If you have Georgia relatives, you probably know that the Georgia Archives has a wonderful online site called Georgia’s Virtual Vault that includes many, many images treasured by genealogists.  One of the more recent collections added is “Georgia Non-Indexed Death Certificates, 1928-1930.”  It’s a great collection of images; however, as you can see in the title, the collection is non-indexed, which makes finding the correct image a bit of a challenge.  The good news is that FamilySearch has recently indexed this collection (I helped!) and the index is now available at FamilySearch Labs.  Here is a process that I recently used to find a 1928 death certificate image.

Well, guess what?  This collection has moved from FamilySearch Labs to FamilySearch Beta.  What’s more, FamilySearch Beta also has the images online!  It is now much, much easier to find these records.

To get started, go to  Click on USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Family Search Beta

Scroll down until you see Georgia Deaths, 1928-1930.

Now, it’s simply a matter of entering search parameters.  You can search by any combination of name, location, date, etc.  I entered Francis Kendrick as the name and Murray, Georgia, USA as the death location.

The very first result was a Francis Kendrick whose spouse was Barbara Baxter.  These are my great-great-grandparents!

When I clicked on the link, I saw an indexed entry was actually for their daughter, Cordeale.  I learned a lot of information from this index.  However, we always want to use an index to find the actual record.  Now, all you have to do is click on the image thumbnail (you must have a free FamilySearch account and be logged in) to see the image.

That’s it!  Easy as pie.  If you are researching people who may have died (or who had children who may have died) in Georgia in the 1920’s, you definitely want to check out this collection.

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