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I'll put this out there again and perhaps someone can help me.

My Great-Great Grandmother was named Sarah Jane Denman.  She was born about 1822, lived and died in the Newark area. I have no idea when she died. She married a John H.. Clark.  The name Sarah Jane Denman is listed as the mother of George Harrison Clark who died in California in the 1930s. 

I'd like to know how to get a death certificate for her.  I believe that she was the daughter of Joseph Denman and Abigail Miller, but none of the Denman references I've found so far mention the names of their children.

Can anyone give me a clue about how I can get a death certificate with an unknown death date?  I would presume that she died between 1880 and 1900, but that's just a guess.  Also, are death certificates a county function or a state function?

Thanks in advance for any help.


Paul Veltman

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Death certificates were originally filed by the town and copies sent to the state. The NJ Archives has copies of microfilm of death certificates from 1848 to 1940. (also births and marriages for roughly the same period). However, you need to have a good idea of the date and place. I located John H. Clark and wife Jane in 1870 in Newark, but not 1880. I did not find them in the city directory 1880. Probably the best technique is to start with the last date they were found in the census and work forward through city directories until they disappear. If John died first, Jane/Sarah may be listed as a widow of John in the following years. The NJ Achives site as a death index, but only for 1878-1885. I did not see either of them in that index. Once you get the date narrowed down to a couple of years or so, then you can send to NJ Archives for the death certificate. Ancestry and Footnote have Newark City directories for this period.

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Good luck.
Sharon Meeker



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