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Feldman’s Mortuary Database — Denver, Colorado

Compiled by Terry Lasky

This database contains records of more than 17,000 funerals in Denver, Colorado, between 1936 and 2015.

Feldman’s Mortuary opened its doors in April 1936, and was known then as it is now as “the only Jewish hearse in Denver”.  It has been owned and operated by the Feldman/Cohen families for the entire time and is now operated by Jim Cohen, the fourth generation of the family to be running the business.

This “index” contains information from the burial books from April 1936 through the end of 2015.  It is much more than an index, because it contains information from about 75% of the fields in the burial books, as well as from the attached obituaries.

Below is a description of each field and also a description of other information in the burial books that is not contained in this database.

  • Name — Surname and Given Name of the deceased, and sometimes the maiden name or a previously married surname.
  • ID — Sequential number to uniquely identify each record.
  • Status — Marital status.  "M" = Married; "S" = Single; "W" = Widowed; "D" = Divorced; "Sep" = Separated.
  • Residence — Last residence of the deceased before death.  If no city/state is specified then it is assumed to be in the Denver metropolitan area.  It is often the name or address of the nursing home rather than a home address.
  • Date of Birth — Date of birth.
  • Age — Age in years (unless otherwise specified): y = year; m = month, d = day, h = hour; w = week.
  • Birthplace — Place of birth.
  • Occupation — Occupation.
  • Spouse — Name of Spouse (includes maiden name if available).
  • Father's name — Name of father.
  • Mother's name — Name of mother (includes maiden name if available).
  • Hebrew Date of Death — Hebrew calendar date of death.  This information wasn’t captured until July 1957 (Tammuz 5717).
  • English Date of Death — Gregorian (Western calendar) date of death.
  • Time of death — Time of death (if followed by an asterisk, it occurred after sundown).
  • Date of Funeral — Date of the funeral (if followed by “shipped” it is the date the body was shipped and the funeral usually occurred elsewhere).
  • Place of Death — Place of death.  If no city/state is specified then it is assumed to be in the Denver metropolitan area.
  • Interment — Place of burial.  If no city/state is specified it is one of the Denver metropolitan area cemeteries.
  • Payee/Informant — Name of the person or institution responsible for either the burial payment or the decedent’s information.
  • Father's Birthplace — Birth place of the father.  This information was primarily captured only from 1936 through about 1955.
  • Mother's Birthplace — Birth place of the mother.  This information was primarily captured only from 1936 through about 1955.
  • Time in Colorado — Length of time the deceased lived in Colorado.  This information was primarily captured only from 1936 through about 1968.
  • Comments — Indicates if the deceased was cremated.  Names all relatives (and their relationship to the deceased) that are listed in the burial book record or in the attached obituary.

The following information (of possible interest to genealogists) that is in the burial books but not in this database is as follows: Military information, possibly slightly more information on the occupation, social security number, cause of death, possible additional family or friends (usually in-laws), and a few other fields.  This information is only available by contacting Feldman Mortuary.

For any questions relating to this information (or the information not contained in this spreadsheet) you should contact Feldman Mortuary at (303) 322-7764 or jim@feldmanmortuary.com.

Terry Lasky
July 2016


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