Funeral home records can contain a wealth of information for genealogists. There are a number of funeral home records databases online and onsite. Many cover time periods into the mid-twentieth century. The databases may be found on a number of different types of websites. The following is a sampling of what is available.
Marshall County Funeral Home Records, Tennessee
The Marshall County Funeral Home Records database is one of the resources available on the Marshall County Genweb website. The county is located in the central part of the state. The information in this database has been abstracted from the records of the London Funeral Home, which is in Lewisburg, the county seat. The records are for deaths that occurred from 1938 to 1941. They are organized alphabetically by surname, then given name. Click on the first letter of the surname to open the page containing the records. The information provided for each individual includes last name, first name, sex, race, date of birth, place of birth, age, date of death, place of death, place of burial, marital status, spouse, father, mother, informant, and funeral home name.
Rich Funeral Home, Indiana
This funeral home database is on the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library website. Howard County is located in central Indiana. Kokomo is its county seat. This database is an index to the records of the Rich Funeral Home, a family business, which was in operation from June 1893 through October 1956. The index was created from photocopies of the company’s records. The data fields in the alphabetical index include name of the deceased, record number, place of death, and notes. The notes field includes age at death, and abbreviations for the cemetery in which the deceased is buried. There is a chart at the end of the introduction page that provides a listing of burial dates and corresponding record numbers. There is also a key to the abbreviations used in the database. The original records for the Rich Funeral Home are in the possession of the Stout Funeral Home in Russiaville, Indiana.
Dolph Funeral Home Records, Michigan
The Dolph Funeral Home Records database is on the website of the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. Dolph Funeral Home was located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ann Arbor is in the southeastern part of the state. It is the county seat of Washtenaw County. The records in the database cover the period from June 1937 to September 1952, when the funeral home closed. You can browse the index by last name or by date of death. The data provided includes full name, residence, and death date. If you would like a copy of the full record you may contact the library via email to request it. Because the original records are fragile, the library will transcribe the information from the original records to a photocopy of the original form found in the record book.
Skaurud Funeral Home Index, Norman County, Minnesota
The Norman County Genealogy Society prepared and made available the Skaurud Funeral Home Index. Norman County is located in northwestern Minnesota. The city of Ada is the county seat. The Skaurud Funeral Home was located in Ada. The database covers the period from 1913 through 1945. It is in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files. The records are grouped into seven files: 1923–1929; 1930–1935; 1936–1938; 1939–1941; 1942; and 1943–1945. Each file contains an alphabetical listing. The data fields in the files include name/residence (where the deceased lived), age, date of birth, date of death, place of death, location of the funeral/clergy involved, and cemetery name.