Find your ancestors in District of Columbia deaths & burials, 1840-1964

Explore the death records from the District of Columbia, the capital of the nation, from the years 1840 to 1964. Discover new information about your ancestors you may not have known previously, like their family relations and place of burial.

What can these records tell me?

There are over 550,000 records in this collection and each represents a death in the city of Washington, District of Columbia, over the 19th and 20th centuries. While the information for each person varies, District of Columbia deaths & burials, 1840-1964 typically includes:

  • First and last name
  • Age
  • Birth year
  • Birth place
  • Year of death
  • Death date
  • Burial date
  • Place of burial
  • Street address
  • Parent’s birth place
  • Marital status
  • Race
  • Ethnicity

  • Discover more about District of Columbia deaths & burials, 1840-1964

    The records in this collection document deaths and burials in the District of Columbia between 1840 and 1964. Although the district began official recordkeeping of deaths in 1874, many records are from years earlier.

    Use these records to uncover essential details about your ancestor that can help to fill in gaps in your family history. The information you learn from these records you can then use to find your ancestor in our other collections from the District of Columbia or possibly an obituary in our collection of local newspapers.

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