Chatham County Health Department death cards
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Chatham County Health Department death cards

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Chatham County (Ga.). Dept. of Health.
Title: Chatham County Health Department death cards
Dates: 1803-1893
Extent: 7.1 cubic feet (40 boxes)
Identification: MS 1712

Biographical/Historical Note

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).


Scope and Content Note

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.


Index Terms

Chatham County (Ga.)--Genealogy.
Death--Proof and certification.
Registers of births, etc.--Georgia--Chatham County.
Vital statistics records.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Chatham County Health Department death cards, MS 1712, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Unknown.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

Box

1A-C, 1803-1832
 

Box

2D-Gra, 1803-1832
 

Box

3Gre-Ke, 1803-1832
 

Box

4Ki-Mi, 1803-1832
 

Box

5Mo-Ri, 1803-1832
 

Box

6Ro-Ti, 1803-1832
 

Box

7To-Z, 1803-1832
 

Box

81833-1836, 1833-1836
 
A-S, 1837
 

Box

9T-Z, 1837
 
1838-1840, 1838-1840
 
A-I, 1841
 

Box

10J-Z, 1841
 
1842-1844, 1842-1844
 
A-R, 1845
 

Box

11S-Z, 1845
 
A-B, 1850
 

Box

12C-Z, 1850
 
1851, 1851
 
A-H, 1852
 

Box

13I-Z, 1852
 
1853, 1853
 

Box

14A-T, 1854
 

Box

15U-Z, 1854
 
1855-1856, 1855-1856
 

Box

161857-1858, 1857-1858
 

Box

171859-1860, 1859-1860
 

Box

181861, 1861
 
A-N, 1862
 

Box

19O-Z, 1862
 
1863, 1863
 
A-F, 1864
 

Box

20G-Z, 1864
 
A-I, 1865
 

Box

21J-Z, 1865
 
A-R, 1866
 

Box

22S-Z, 1866
 
1867, 1867
 
A-R, 1868
 

Box

23S-Z, 1868
 
1869-1870, 1869-1870
 

Box

241871, 1871
 
A-S, 1872
 

Box

25T-Z, 1872
 
1873-1874, 1873-1874
 

Box

261875, 1875
 
A-K, 1876
 

Box

27L-Z, 1876
 
A-S, 1877
 

Box

28T-Z, 1877
 
1878-1879, 1878-1879
 

Box

291880-1881, 1880-1881
 
A-C, 1882
 

Box

30D-Z, 1882
 
1883, 1883
 

Box

311884-1885, 1884-1885
 

Box

321886, 1886
 
A-H, 1887
 

Box

33I-Z, 1887
 
A-S, 1888
 

Box

34T-Z, 1888
 
1889, 1889
 
A-C, 1890
 

Box

35D-T, 1890
 

Box

36U-Z, 1890
 
A-O, 1891
 

Box

37P-Z, 1891
 
A-G, 1892
 

Box

38H-Z, 1892
 

Box

39A-Mc, 1893
 

Box

40M-Z, 1893