Citations— Funeral Home Records
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Funeral Home records are business records. Usually a family member provides the information to the funeral home employee during a period of grief. There may be errors due to the time the information is being collected or human errors transcribing the information from notes to the record. Take note of the informant to determine the validity of the information.

Elements of the citation could include: the name and address of the funeral home, the name of the record, book and page number, if applicable, the name of the deceased, the name of the person providing the information, the present location of the record, and the format of the record. If viewed on microfilm, include the repository and microfilm number.

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Copies at StLGS Office [Name of funeral home] ([City], [State]), “[Title of record],” p. [number], for [Name of deceased] burial entry, [date of entry]; St. Louis Genealogical Society Office, St. Louis, Missouri. [Name of funeral home], “[Title of record],” [page number]. [Name of funeral home] ([City], [State]). “[Title of record].” St. Louis Genealogical Society Office, St. Louis, Missouri.
Example Jay B. Smith Funeral Home (Maplewood, Missouri), “Funeral Records, May 2, 1961–Jul 30, 1962,” volume 9, p. 279, for C. Henry Wolfsberger, 26 June 1962; St. Louis Genealogical Society Office, St. Louis, Missouri. Jay B. Smith Funeral Home, “Funeral Records, May 2, 1961–Jul 30, 1962,” 279.

 

Jay B. Smith Funeral Home (Maplewood, Missouri). “Funeral Records, May 2, 1961–Jul 30, 1962.” Volume 9. St. Louis Genealogical Society Office, St. Louis, Missouri.
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Funeral Home Original Record [Name of Funeral Home], [City], Missouri to [recipient], letter, [date of letter], extracting data for [Name of deceased], buried [date]; [repository for letter], [Repository city], [Repository state]. [Any significant information. (Example – A copy of the funeral home record was included with the letter.)] [Name of Funeral Home] to [Recipient], [date of letter]. [Name of Funeral Home] ([City], [State]) to [Recipient]. Letter. [Date]. Privately held by [Repository], [Repository city], [Repository state].
Example Ambruster Donnelly Funeral Home, St. Louis, Missouri to Emilie V. Fagyal, letter, 8 July 1995, record for Anna Catherine Wilson, buried 30 June 1911; Fagyal Correspondence Files, privately held by Emilie V. Fagyal, St. Louis, Missouri. The letter included the funeral home record for Anna Catherine Wilson, page 91, Record Book dated 1911–1916. Ambruster Donnelly Funeral Home to Emilie V. Fagyal, 8 July 1995. Ambruster Donnelly Funeral Home (St. Louis, Missouri) to Emilie V. Fagyal. Letter. 8 July 1995. Fagyal Correspondence Files, privately held by Emilie V. Fagyal, St. Louis, Missouri.
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Microfilm [Name of Funeral Home] (City], [State].) “[Title of record].” p. [number], for [Name of deceased], burial entry, [date of entry], record no. [number]; [Name of agency who microfilmed the record or made microfiche], microfilm/fiche [number], [Repository], [City], [State]. [Name of Funeral Home] (City], [State].) “[Title of record].” p. [number], for [Name of deceased], burial entry, [date of entry], record no. [number]. [Name of Funeral Home] (City], [State].) “[Title of record].” [Name of agency who microfilmed the record or made microfiche], microfilm/fiche [number]. [Repository], [City], [State].
Example William Ambruster Funeral Home (St. Louis, Missouri), “Record of Funerals, 4 January 1911–14 November 1915,” p. 101, for Anna C. Wilson, burial entry, 28 June 1911, record no. 91; St. Louis Genealogical Society microfilm available as SLCL microfilm 25, St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, Missouri. William Ambruster Funeral Home (St. Louis, Mo.), “Record of Funerals, 1911–1915,” p. 101, for Anna C. Wilson, burial entry, 28 June 1911, record no. 91. William Ambruster Funeral Home (St. Louis, Missouri). “Record of Funerals, 4 January 1911–14 November 1915.” St. Louis Genealogical Society microfilm, available as SLCL microfilm 25. St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, Missouri.

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