Died Here, Buried in Philly

One of the many record collections in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) is titled Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1803-1915. This record collection may be of interest to St. Louis residents because it is possible to search for people who died in St. Louis but are buried in Philadelphia.

Port of Philadelphia (Library of Congress collection)
Port of Philadelphia (Library of Congress collection)

One of the search delimiters in this record collection is:

·         DEATH—LOCATION   Saint Louis, Missouri, USA (Exact to this place)

You can search for a particular person using this delimiter, or you can search using only this delimiter. The death location only search yields 157 results. One example:

·         Name: Kate E. Bernard
·         Birth Date: abt 1838
·         Birth Place: Philadelphia
·         Death Date: 9 Dec 1862
·         Death Place: St. Louis, Missouri
·         Age at Death: 24 years 6 months
·         Burial Date: 22 Dec 1862
·         Burial Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
·         Gender: Female
·         Street address: 313 South 4th St
·         Residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
·         Cemetery: Monument Cemetery
·         Father: John L Sutton
·         Mother: Elizabeth Furber
·         FHL Film Number: 1977919

Information provided in a record can vary, but is generally similar to the above-listed record.  As you can see, in this case a lot of information is provided for a death occurring during a time period when coverage of deaths was often quite limited!

Note: Additional search delimiters in this record collection include:

·         Father’s Birth Place
·         Mother’s Birth Place

Searches using just these delimiters reveal fewer results, but are still of possible interest to some researchers.

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library and our branches.

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