Death records include official state death registrations, newspaper obituaries (see the Newspaper page for information on this topic), and records maintained by funeral homes and cemeteries.
In Florida, death registrations were not required by law until 1899, although some information exists going back to 1877. The Florida Death Index (1877-1998) is available for searching in Ancestry Library Edition, available at branch public libraries in Hillsborough County. The Florida Department of Health website provides information as to how to order a copy of the death certificate.
Funeral home records may include a large number of details about the deceased individual, including:
Cemetery records may include some of the same details, such as the date and time of the burial and the lot, section, and space number for the burial.
The Special and Digital Collections department of the USF Tampa Library provides access to records for the following funeral homes and cemeteries: