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Death Records - the "Green Books"
In about 1997, officials from Taylor City Hall sent some old records to the Williamson County Court House. Among these records was a green ledger, used for recording deaths. It seems likely that Dr. Doak was the Taylor physican responsible for these records. The entries begin on Feb. 2, 1917 and continue through May 5, 1927. Information is handwritten and includes information not found elsewhere, including the mother's name of the deceased. The original records are available for review at the Courth House in Williamson County, Texas .
Transcribing these records was a very difficult task. Seventeen students from McNeil High School (see photos), with the assistance of their teacher Margaret Blanton, rose to the challenge when they transcribed 17 of the first 19 pages!
A special thanks to Sherry Osborne for her assistance in proofing these records. Even the proofing was difficult and researchers must remember names and causes of death were often difficult to read. Researchers should review these records with a critical eye for error.
If these records prove helpful in your research, let the students of McNeil High School hear from you!