Stafford Death Records 1856-1857 by Trip Wiggins
We continue in our quest to provide local records (that are NOT available on Ancestry or Family Search as far as I know). This issue we continue with Stafford County Death Records from the Death Registers at the Stafford County Court House. (Did you know they allow researchers to use digital cameras! They are forward thinking and genealogist friendly!)
As to the records and what they contain. They are quite good at providing death dates, causes, birthplace, and parents’ names. For all they also record who the informant was. I have left them off here but that will go on the website. Normally it is the husband, wife, parent, or child. In the case of slaves, it is normally the owner/master.
To save space, I occasionally abbreviated first names. Those abbreviations are included at the end of the listings.
As we get closer to the civil war timeframe, you will notice several years where deaths were simply not recorded: 1862-64 and 1866, but that is for future issues.
If you have someone who died between 1853 and 1875 in Stafford, and I haven’t run that year yet, email me and I’ll do a lookup in my images.
State censuses can be as important as the federal census to genealogists but, because they were taken randomly, remain a much under-utilized resource in American genealogy. State censuses often can serve as substitutes for some of the missing federal census records - most notably the 1790, 1800, 1810, and 1890 censuses. Many state censuses also asked different questions than the federal census, thus recording information that cannot be found elsewhere in the federal schedules.
While not all states took their own censuses, and some have not survived, state and local census records can be found in many locations. Most states which took censuses usually did so every 10 years, in years ending in "5" (1855, 1865, etc.) to complement the federal census. These state census records are most often found at the state archives or state library. Many are also on microfilm through a local Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and online via commercial genealogy databases.