Halsted N. Gray - Carew & English is comprised of the following San Francisco Funeral Firms:
- Gantner - Felder - Kenny
- Gantner - Maison - Domergue
- H. F. Suhr Company
- Godeau Funeral Home
- Martin & Brown Funeral Directors
- Quock Fook Sang Mortuary
- Halsted and Company
- Carew & English
- N. Gray & Company
Each one of the mortuary firms in our family of companies has a long history of service to the San Francisco community. As you might imagine, to maintain literally hundreds of thousands of funeral records in our mortuary facility has become physically impossible. For decades until very recently, we had paid third-party record-keeping companies to maintain and access these files when requested. For those researching their genealogy, it was not always easy or cost-effective to obtain the information they were seeking.
We are happy to announce that in order to make this information more easily accessible, Halsted N. Gray - Carew & English has transferred the majority of funeral records to Researchity, a local internet-based firm and the San Francisco Public Library History Center. Plans are underway to ultimately have all the records digitized. www.researchity.com lists the funeral homes and year groups for which they are maintaining records along with a means for requesting information from them manually. Some of the old Halsted and Company records are available online. You may also visit the San Francisco Public Library History Center for information on earlier records (from the 1850s to approximately 1920).
Halsted N. Gray - Carew & English maintains records for approximately the last 20 years or so. If you contact us requesting records retrieval, be aware that funeral records are filed alphabetically within years or year groups. If you know the exact date of death and name of an individual, it is more likely that we will find the file than if you only have an approximate date of death.
We are happy to retrieve information from an on-site file for you at no charge, but please realize it could take a day or two.
Alternate sources of information include:
- Newspaper agencies (Obituaries)
- California Registrar of Vital Statistics (Sacramento)
- County Health Department (County of Death)
The Certificate of Death, in many cases, will give you more information than contained in the funeral file. More often than not, the death certificate includes names and states of birth of parents, date of birth of deceased, interment information, medical data including cause of death, and often, depending on the age of the record, it lists the name and address of the individual responsible for making the arrangements. Different counties maintain the original death certificate for varying times before sending it to the State Registrar's Office in Sacramento. Most counties keep the certificate for two years, after which copies of the document must be ordered through the State Office. It is our understanding that the City and County of San Francisco maintains this information indefinitely. So, if you know the deceased person's name, exact date of death, and that the death occurred in San Francisco, you may contact the San Francisco Health Department, Department of Vital Statistics, 101 Grove St., San Francisco CA 94102, or visit their website for more information: http://www.sfdph.org/dph/comupg/records/vitalRec/default.asp.