The Florida State death databases are comprised of entries from 1877-1916, & 1999-2001 displayed in graphic presentation form. Specifically years 1877-1916 are organized as indexed-documents and years 1999-2000 virtual-fiche. Years 2001 forward are MySQL databases and years 1936-1998 are linked to Ancestry.com
Selecting this database will lead the Searches to a page where a search box requests an entry of a Surname. A typical document retrieved is provided below, abridged:
Selecting any decade group will cause a search box to appear on the bottom portion of the screen into which the Searcher is to type in the Subject's Surname only (the name formatting is described below). Entering the name and selecting the "Search" button or "Enter" on your keyboard will cause the following example virtual-fiche sheet to appear:
The selected sheet will contain 207 individual frames plus an index frame (organized in a 13x16 matrix) where your Subject's name will appear if it's in this database year-window. Rather than selecting each of the 207 individual frames, it is strongly recommended that the Searcher select the "idx" (for index) link at the upper left of the sheet. This will lead you to a page that will provide you with a further name breakdown for each sheet.
2001 forward, MySQL database:
Upon selecting this data range a framed search criteria entry form will appear:
Each name entry has nine associated fields:
Recommended Use: The Searcher may enter data into any one or all fields, however it is recommended that only one be used. In the event that the potential results are impracticably long (eg. Last_Name="Smith") then other field entries can be sparingly used.
To facilitate search flexibility, a wildcard "%", may be used and is recommended especially where the name spellings are uncertain. So, as an example entering "mary%" in the "First_Name" field would yield all births for a given year having first names with beginning letters "mary" (eg. mary, maryjane, maryann. . )