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Corporate Author Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English.
Title Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English funeral home records, 1835-1931 (bulk 1850-1921).

Location Call No. Status
 MAIN - 6th Floor - SF History/Brooks  SFH 38    LIB USE ONLY
Description 115 vols. (ca. 58 linear ft.)
The collection is arranged into seven series: Series 1: N. Gray & Co.; Series 2: Halsted & Co.; Series 3: Clark & Booth; Series 4: Petersen & Co.; Series 5: J.S. Godeau & Co.; Series 6: H.F. Suhr & Co.; and Series 7: Gantner Bros. $b Volumes within series are arranged chronologically.
Access The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.
Summary Funeral records, daybooks, and death and burial registers of seven funeral homes, mortuaries, and undertaking firms, mostly based in San Francisco--with the exception of Clark and Booth in Sacramento, as well as a few records from Burlingame and Stockton--acquired over time by the present-day firm of Halsted N. Gray Carew & English. Formats and types of information differ somewhat across time and between firms, but typically include: name, death date, age, and other information about the decedent; and financial transactions concerning the deaths, funeral arrangements, and burials. Some volumes are indexed; however, not all records are referenced in the indexes. Includes burial register for Lone Mountain Cemetery, 1850-1862.
Note Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English began as several predecessor funeral homes, mortuaries, and undertakers in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Stockton, which by 1985 had become merged into one firm, from which this collection has been received. The corporate history is characterized by frequently shifting business partnerships and locations. Atkins Massey founded the oldest known undertaking business in San Francisco, which was acquired by J. S. Godeau & Co. in 1895. N. Gray was established in 1850 by Nathanial Gray, who also served as the second Coroner of San Francisco from 1851-1852. Halsted & Co. began in 1883 as Halsted & Kremple and became a family business by 1887. The firm is still in existence today and includes several additional firms not included in this collection.
Cite As: Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English funeral home records (SFH 38), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.
Note In English, with a small amount of material in French.
Permission to publish or quote from the manuscript must be obtained in writing from the City Archivist.
Online version available via the Family History Library.
Gift; from Carol Rae Giovannini, Vice President and General Manager of Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English, May 27, 2006.
For additional death records at this repository, please see SFH 30 San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Records, as well as the microfilm collection for scattered cemetery, death, and mortuary records.
For continuing records for these funeral homes for 1911-1985, please visit Researchity. For digitized versions of Halsted & Co. records for 1923-1974, please visit Halsted N. Gray Carew & English retains current files going back approximately 20 years.
Subject Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English -- Archives.
N. Gray & Co. -- Archives.
Halsted & Co. -- Archives.
Clark & Booth (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Archives.
Petersen & Co. -- Archives.
J. S. Godeau & Co. -- Archives.
H. F. Suhr & Co. -- Archives.
Funeral homes -- California.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Registers.
Genre Death registers.
Burial registers.
Account books.