Deathdate Field

Death date (People)

The date should be entered in reverse format, YYYY-MM-DD so that it can be easily sorted. You may only know the year or part of the date, put in what you know and if you need to make a comment, put it in the Administrative note.

Examples:

1860-09-06

1933

1894-03

If the person died betwen 1962 and a year ago, and is an American, they will likely have a record in the Social Security Death Index. This database doesn't provide a lot of information, so you often need to ensure that the person is the right one by also consulting the census.

Obituaries are a great source for details about a death, and you can search Ramapo's databases for obituaries (must be recent-mid-1990s or later), or use

  • Newspapers.com - we have a subscription
  • Proquest Historical Newspapers - major newspapers in US and a few countries.
  • Family Search.org - genealogy site that has more of us "ordinary" people.
  • Ancestry.com - census records, immigration, travel for millions of people, some outside the US.
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