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As with marriages, many US jurisdictions did not keep death records as we know them today. This means newspaper notices are often the best way of searching for deaths that occurred before 1900.

These records contain 258,578 indexed death notices from The Brooklyn Eagle, The New York Herald and The New York World. The amount of information listed can vary, but records usually cover details such as the newspaper date and title, the deceased’s first and last name, date and place of death, year and place of birth, age at death, spouse’s name and parents’ names.