Georgia Historical Society
Chatham County (Ga.). Dept. of Health.
|Title: ||Chatham County Health Department death cards|
7.1 cubic feet
|Identification: ||MS 1712|
In 1925, there was an agreement for the Savannah Health Center, the Health Department and the County Commission to amalgamate their programs. This amalgamation formed the Chatham-Savannah Health Center in 1944. The Executive Reorganization Act of 1931 created the Georgia Department of Health to oversee the local health departments (Georgia Laws, 1931, p. 11), and the Social Security Act of 1935 was responsible for further expansion of the department. By 1939, regional agencies had been established and, in 1972, the department's functions were transferred to the Georgia Department of Human Resources by an act of the legislature (Jackson and Stakes, Handbook of Georgia State Agencies, pg. 47).
This collection of Chatham County Health Department Death Cards presumably provides a record of all the deaths in the city of Savannah for the period of 1803-1893. Each card provides the name of the deceased, date of death and location, color, sex, age and remarks. The remarks often include the cause of death, place of origin, name of physician, and location of burial site.
Within boxes 1-7, cards are arranged alphabetically within the date span 1803-1832. Cards dated 1833-1893 are arranged chronologically and then alphabetically in boxes 8-39.
These cards correspond with the City of Savannah Health Department Death Registers, 1803-1853 (MS 5600HE-60.1). The information in the registers was published as the Register of Deaths In Savannah, Georgia, an indexed, six-volume set by the Genealogical Committee of the Georgia Historical Society. The original record books include the same information available on the Death Cards, but occasionally include additional information such as monthly and annual recapitulations for various categories, including the number of deaths, cause of death, age, sex, residency status, and nativity.
[item identification], Chatham County Health Department death cards, MS 1712, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.
Collection is open for research.
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