Burial Permits

Santa Barbara County Clerk's Office has generously allowed SBCGS to scan and index Burial Permits issued during the years 1889 to 1932, although there are not permits for all years at this time.  These permits were issued by the County for deaths outside the Santa Barbara City limits. Burial Permits may have been issued for deaths within the City limits by the City Health Department. Those have not been located as yet. 

These permits were organized, scanned and indexed by SBCGS Volunteers: Dorothy Oksner, Alex Grzywacki, Rosa Avolio, Kathie Morgan, Helen Rydell, Michel Nellis, Emily Aasted, Barbara Mendoza, Betsy Green, Lila Wilbarger, Debby Pash, Marsha Martin.

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SB City Returns of Death 1904-1905
These are original returns of death handwritten and submitted by the attending physician, or informant, to the City of Santa Barbara for filing.  These returns were loaned by the Santa Barbara County Recorder's Office in the Courthouse to the SBCGS for digitizing.

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These obituaries have been provided by the Gledhill Library at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum.  Their volunteers have been clipping obituaries for many years and pasting them into scrapbooks. We have been given the opportunity to scan these scrapbooks and make the index of these available here on our website. 

If you don't find the name you're looking for, please email us and we will search further.

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Coroner's Reports

A coroner's or medical examiner's office conducts medico legal investigations to determine the circumstances under which a person died. These investigations are a scientific inquiry into a death under the coroner’s legal jurisdiction. Each state sets its own standards for the kinds of deaths that require an investigation and report. 
The duties of the coroner generally include completing parts of a death certificate, delivering the signed death certificate to the funeral director for filing, assisting state and local registrars by answering inquiries, and delivering a supplementary cause of death report to the State when further investigation or autopsy findings reveal a different cause of death than originally reported. Duties always include determining the time, cause, and manner of death. Very few deaths actually require an autopsy to determine the cause. Depending on the jurisdiction, the coroner might also be called a medical examiner.
If a cause of death is not determined within the statutory time frame, a death certificate is filed with the notation "deferred pending further investigation." If death circumstances cannot be confirmed within the statutory time frame due to a suspected accident, suicide or homicide, the manner of death is noted as "pending investigation."

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