1969 Missouri Death Certificate Indexing is Live – January 9, 2020

I missed the announcement last week, but Missouri has opened 1969 Death Certificate Indexing is Live. You have to sign up to index, but once you sign up, you log in. Each year, they add another year, usually in early January. Plus, they are looking for volunteers to do earlier years to add spouses and parents to death certificates that were only index with the deceased person’s name.

Good afternoon everyone!

The 1969 death certificates are online and ready to be indexed!

Here is the link to log in:  https://s1.sos.mo.gov/records/archives/evolunteers/. Go ahead and reread the instructions and the guidelines listed below:

·         Try your best! If something is messy or hard to read, do the best you can. Two to four indexers look at each record, so if you can’t read something, that is perfectly all right. There is no need to mark the certificate with “Illegible, Invalid or Missing Field(s).”

·         Remember to always put a period after an initial or abbreviation, even if there isn’t one on the certificate.

·         Only use the “Missing Name (Blank/Infant/Unknown/Unnamed)” note when the deceased person’s name is missing or unknown.  If a parent or spouse’s name is missing, don’t flag the certificate or put “Unknown” in the indexing field; instead, leave the parent or spouse’s name field blank.

·         If the decedent is an infant without a first name (i.e. Infant, Baby Girl/Boy, Unknown, Twin A/B), make sure to add the note “Missing Name (Blank/Infant/Unknown/Unnamed).”  Enter Infant as the first name if this is the case.

·         Don’t forget the age! This will allow us to reverse engineer the year of birth. We’re just interested in the year, not months or days. Anyone under a year old should get a 0 in the year field.

·         There’s no need to mark if the spouse is dead or divorced. We just need their name. If all it says is “Deceased” or “Divorced,” leave the field blank.

·         If a parent or spouse has a prefix or suffix (Dr., Sr., etc.), you can ignore it.

·         If a Social Security Number is too short or too long, mark it as “No” and add the note “Invalid SSN”.

·         If a Social Security Number has a letter at the end, such as 123-45-6789A, ignore the letter and enter the last four digits. The letter corresponds to a person’s Social Security claim and is not part of their Social Security Number.

·         Be careful once you get to St. Louis certificates. If the “County” field is blank and it says St. Louis in the city field, mark the dropdown menu as “St. Louis City.”

As always, let me know if there are questions at any point along the way and most importantly, have fun!

Sincerely,

Daniel Reeder

eVolunteer Coordinator

 

 

This email includes a couple of reminders when indexing:

·         If a Social Security Number has a letter at the end, such as 123-45-6789A, ignore the letter and enter the last four digits. The letter corresponds to a person’s Social Security claim and is not part of their Social Security Number.  You do not need to flag the certificate as invalid SSN for having a letter at the end of the number.

·         Only use the “Missing Name (Blank/Infant/Unknown/Unnamed)” note when the deceased person’s name is missing or unknown.  If a parent or spouse’s name is missing, don’t flag the certificate or put “Unknown” in the indexing field; instead, leave the parent or spouse’s name field blank.  If the SSN is blank then mark the SSN as a No and do not mark the certificate with the missing name note.

 

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1 Response to 1969 Missouri Death Certificate Indexing is Live – January 9, 2020

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