Wise County Death Certificates
Now Online

Home Death Certificates Recorded Deaths

Thanks to David Pitts, of Houston, we have images of
7,904 Wise County Death Certificates online
They cover the years

Click links below to go to Alphabetical List by Last Name

A-L       M-Z

Also check the link below for Texas Deaths 1890-1976
They now have free images of death certificates online.
You also may find people that are buried in Wise County, but died in another county.
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1983324  Family Search 1890-1976
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1930157 Family Search  1977-1986

BAD things about our death certificates:
    1. The ones before the middle of 1917 do NOT list the name of the mother and father.
    2. There are MANY spelling errors in names (if there are errors in the funeral records the same errors may be here).
    3. These appear to be transcriptions of other records and many items are not filled in. Death certificates ordered from the state or county may have more information on them.
    4. The microfilm that these were copied from may be dark or blurry in some cases.
    5. The handwriting is hard to read in some cases, and VERY BAD TYPEWRITER RIBBON makes others very hard to make out.

GOOD things about our death certificates:
    1. They start about 12 years before our funeral records, and we found MANY that are NOT in the cemetery records (no headstones).
    2. They nearly all give the 'cause of death'.
    3. Most, from the middle of 1917 on, list the name of the mother and father (our funeral records start to list them near the end of 1921).
    4. We do not have funeral records from
D.B. Alexander of Chico (late 1920's-1940's) or J.R. Rhyne of Alvord (late 1920's-1970's). They were active undertakers, so these certificates fill in information on many people.


Some Medical Terms Used on Older Records of Death

Ablepsy - Blindness 
Ague - Malarial Fever 
American plague - Yellow fever 
Anasarca - Generalized massive edema 
Aphonia - Laryngitis 
Aphtha - The infant disease "thrush" 
Apoplexy - Paralysis due to stroke 
Asphycsia/Asphicsia - Cyanotic and lack of oxygen 
Atrophy - Wasting away or diminishing in size. 
Bad Blood - Syphilis 
Bilious fever - Typhoid, malaria, hepatitis or elevated temperature and bile emesis 
Biliousness - Jaundice associated with liver disease 
Black plague or death - Bubonic plague 
Black fever - Acute infection with high temperature and dark red skin lesions and high mortality rate 
Black pox - Black Small pox 
Black vomit - Vomiting old black blood due to ulcers or yellow fever 
Blackwater fever - Dark urine associated with high temperature 
Bladder in throat - Diphtheria (Seen on death certificates) 
Blood poisoning - Bacterial infection; septicemia 
Bloody flux - Bloody stools 
Bloody sweat - Sweating sickness 
Bone shave - Sciatica 
Brain fever - Meningitis 
Breakbone - Dengue fever 
Bright's disease - Chronic inflammatory disease of kidneys 
Bronze John - Yellow fever 
Bule - Boil, tumor or swelling 
Cachexy - Malnutrition 
Cacogastric - Upset stomach 
Cacospysy - Irregular pulse 
Caduceus - Subject to falling sickness or epilepsy 
Camp fever - Typhus; aka Camp diarrhea 
Canine madness - Rabies, hydrophobia 
Canker - Ulceration of mouth or lips or herpes simplex 
Catalepsy - Seizures / trances 
Catarrhal - Nose and throat discharge from cold or allergy 
Cerebritis - Inflammation of cerebrum or lead poisoning 
Chilblain - Swelling of extremities caused by exposure to cold 
Child bed fever - Infection following birth of a child 
Chin cough - Whooping cough 
Chlorosis - Iron deficiency anemia 
Cholera - Acute severe contagious diarrhea with intestinal lining sloughing 
Cholera morbus - Characterized by nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, elevated temperature, etc. Could be appendicitis 
Cholecystitus - Inflammation of the gall bladder 
Cholelithiasis - Gall stones 
Chorea - Disease characterized by convulsions, contortions and dancing 
Cold plague - Ague which is characterized by chills 
Colic - An abdominal pain and cramping 
Congestive chills - Malaria 
Consumption - Tuberculosis 
Congestion - Any collection of fluid in an organ, like the lungs 
Congestive chills - Malaria with diarrhea 
Congestive fever - Malaria 
Corruption - Infection 
Coryza - A cold 
Costiveness - Constipation 
Cramp colic - Appendicitis 
Crop sickness - Overextended stomach 
Croup - Laryngitis, diphtheria, or strep throat 
Cyanosis - Dark skin color from lack of oxygen in blood 
Cynanche - Diseases of throat 
Cystitis - Inflammation of the bladder 
Day fever - Fever lasting one day; sweating sickness 
Debility - Lack of movement or staying in bed 
Decrepitude - Feebleness due to old age 
Delirium tremens - Hallucinations due to alcoholism 
Dengue - Infectious fever endemic to East Africa 
Dentition - Cutting of teeth 
Deplumation - Tumor of the eyelids which causes hair loss 
Diary fever - A fever that lasts one day 
Diptheria - Contagious disease of the throat 
Distemper - Usually animal disease with malaise, discharge from nose and throat, anorexia 
Dock fever - Yellow fever 
Dropsy - Edema (swelling), often caused by kidney or heart disease 
Dropsy of the Brain - Encephalitis 
Dry Bellyache - Lead poisoning 
Dyscrasy - An abnormal body condition 
Dysentery - Inflammation of colon with frequent passage of mucous and blood 
Dysorexy - Reduced appetite 
Dyspepsia - Indigestion and heartburn. Heart attack symptoms 
Dysury - Difficulty in urination 
Ecstasy - A form of catalepsy characterized by loss of reason 
Edema - Nephrosis; swelling of tissues 
Edema of lungs - Congestive heart failure, a form of dropsy 
Eel thing - Erysipelas 
Elephantiasis - A form of leprosy 
Encephalitis - Swelling of brain; aka sleeping sickness 
Enteric fever - Typhoid fever 
Enterocolitis - Inflammation of the intestines 
Enteritis - Inflations of the bowels 
Epitaxis - Nose bleed 
Erysipelas - Contagious skin disease, due to Streptococci with vesicular and bulbous lesions 
Extravasted blood - Rupture of a blood vessel 
Falling sickness - Epilepsy 
Fatty Liver - Cirrhosis of liver 
Fits - Sudden attack or seizure of muscle activity 
Flux - An excessive flow or discharge of fluid like hemorrhage or diarrhea 
Flux of humour - Circulation 
French pox - Syphilis 
Gathering - A collection of pus 
Glandular fever - Mononucleosis 
Great pox - Syphilis 
Green fever / sickness - Anemia 
Grippe/grip - Influenza like symptoms 
Grocer's itch - Skin disease caused by mites in sugar or flour 
Hectical complaint - Recurrent fever 
Hematemesis - Vomiting blood 
Hematuria - Bloody urine 
Hemiplegy - Paralysis of one side of body 
Hip gout - Osteomylitis 
Horrors - Delirium tremens 
Hydrocephalus - Enlarged head, water on the brain 
Hydropericardium - Heart dropsy 
Hydrophobia - Rabies 
Hydrothroax - Dropsy in chest 
Hypertrophic - Enlargement of organ, like the heart 
Impetigo - Contagious skin disease characterized by pustules 
Inanition - Physical condition resulting from lack of food 
Infantile paralysis - Polio 
Intestinal colic - Abdominal pain due to improper diet 
Jail fever - Typhus 
Jaundice - Condition caused by blockage of intestines 
King's evil - Tuberculosis of neck and lymph glands 
Kruchhusten - Whooping cough 
Lagrippe - Influenza 
Laryngismus Stridulus - Spasmodic croup 
Lockjaw - Tetanus or infectious disease affecting the muscles of the neck and jaw. Untreated, it is fatal in 8 days 
Long sickness - Tuberculosis 
Lues disease - Syphilis 
Lues venera - Venereal disease 
Lumbago - Back pain 
Lung fever - Pneumonia 
Lung sickness - Tuberculosis 
Lying in - Time of delivery of infant 
Malignant sore throat - Diphtheria 
Mania - Insanity 
Marasmus - Progressive wasting away of body, like malnutrition 
Membranous Croup - Diphtheria 
Meningitis - Inflations of brain or spinal cord 
Metritis - Inflammation of uterus or purulent vaginal discharge 
Miasma - Poisonous vapors thought to infect the air 
Milk fever - Disease from drinking contaminated milk, like undulant fever or brucellosis 
Milk leg - Post partum thrombophlebitis 
Milk sickness - Disease from milk of cattle which had eaten poisonous weeds 
Mormal - Gangrene 
Morphew - Scurvy blisters on the body 
Mortification - Gangrene of necrotic tissue 
Myelitis - Inflammation of the spine 
Myocarditis - Inflammation of heart muscles 
Necrosis - Mortification of bones or tissue 
Nephrosis - Kidney degeneration 
Nepritis - Inflammation of kidneys 
Nervous prostration - Extreme exhaustion from inability to control physical and mental activities 
Neuralgia - Described as discomfort, such as "Headache" was neuralgia in head 
Nostalgia - Homesickness 
Palsy - Paralysis or uncontrolled movement of controlled muscles. It was listed as "Cause of death" 
Paroxysm - Convulsion 
Pemphigus - Skin disease of watery blisters 
Pericarditis - Inflammation of heart 
Peripneumonia - Inflammation of lungs 
Peritonotis - Inflammation of abdominal area 
Petechial Fever - Fever characterized by skin spotting 
Puerperal exhaustion - Death due to child birth 
Phthiriasis - Lice infestation 
Phthisis - Chronic wasting away or a name for tuberculosis 
Piles - Hemorrhoids 
Plague - An acute febrile highly infectious disease with a high fatality rate 
Pleurisy - Any pain in the chest area with each breath 
Podagra - Gout 
Poliomyelitis - Polio Potter's asthma - Fibroid pthisis 
Pott's disease - Tuberculosis of spine 
Puerperal exhaustion - Death due to childbirth 
Puerperal fever - Elevated temperature after giving birth to an infant 
Puking fever - Milk sickness 
Putrid fever - Diphtheria. 
Quinsy - Tonsillitis. 
Remitting fever - Malaria 
Rheumatism - Any disorder associated with pain in joints 
Rickets - Disease of skeletal system 
Rose cold - Hay fever or nasal symptoms of an allergy 
Rubeola - German measles 
Sanguineous crust - Scab 
Scarlatina - Scarlet fever 
Scarlet fever - A disease characterized by red rash 
Scarlet rash - Roseola 
Sciatica - Rheumatism in the hips 
Scirrhus - Cancerous tumors 
Scotomy - Dizziness, nausea and dimness of sight 
Scrivener's palsy - Writer's cramp 
Screws - Rheumatism 
Scrofula - Tuberculosis of neck lymph glands. Progresses slowly with abscesses and pistulas develop. Young person's disease 
Scrumpox - Skin disease, impetigo 
Scurvy - Lack of vitamin C. Symptoms of weakness, spongy gums and hemorrhages under skin 
Septicemia - Blood poisoning 
Shakes - Delirium tremens 
Shaking - Chills, ague 
Shingles - Viral disease with skin blisters 
Ship fever - Typhus 
Siriasis - Inflammation of the brain due to sun exposure 
Sloes - Milk sickness 
Small pox - Contagious disease with fever and blisters 
Softening of brain - Result of stroke or hemorrhage in the brain, with an end result of the tissue softening in that area 
Sore throat distemper - Diphtheria or quinsy 
Spanish influenza - Epidemic influenza 
Spasms - Sudden involuntary contraction of muscle or group of muscles, like a convulsion 
Spina bifida - Deformity of spine 
Spotted fever - Either typhus or meningitis 
Sprue - Tropical disease characterized by intestinal disorders and sore throat 
St. Anthony's fire - Also erysipelas, but named so because of affected skin areas are bright red in appearance 
St. Vitas dance - Ceaseless occurrence of rapid complex jerking movements performed involuntarily 
Stomatitis - Inflammation of the mouth 
Stranger's fever - Yellow fever 
Strangery - Rupture 
Sudor anglicus - Sweating sickness 
Summer complaint - Diarrhea, usually in infants caused by spoiled milk 
Sunstroke - Uncontrolled elevation of body temperature due to environment heat. Lack of sodium in the body is a predisposing cause 
Swamp sickness - Could be malaria, typhoid or encephalitis 
Sweating sickness - Infectious and fatal disease common to UK in 15th century 
Tetanus - Infectious fever characterized by high fever, headache and dizziness 
Thrombosis - Blood clot inside blood vessel 
Thrush - Childhood disease characterized by spots on mouth, lips and throat 
Tick fever - Rocky mountain spotted fever 
Toxemia of pregnancy - Eclampsia 
Trench mouth - Painful ulcers found along gum line, Caused by poor nutrition and poor hygiene 
Tussis convulsiva - Whooping cough 
Typhus - Infectious fever characterized high fever, headache, and dizziness 
Variola - Smallpox 
Venesection - Bleeding 
Viper's dance - St.Vitus Dance 
Water on brain - Enlarged head 
White swelling - Tuberculosis of the bone 
Winter fever - Pneumonia 
Womb fever - Infection of the uterus. 
Worm fit - Convulsions associated with teething, worms, elevated temperature or diarrhea 
Yellowjacket - Yellow fever