Index to the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Registers, created, 1979 - 1991, documenting the period 1906 - 1991 Creator: Department of Defense. Department of the Army. U.S. Army South. U.S. Army Garrison Panama. Directorate of Logistics. Transportation Division. Mortuary Affairs Section (10/31/1979-12/31/1999). (Most Recent) Series from Record Group 185: Records of the Panama Canal NARA did not receive data for the following seven years: 1912, 1917, 1918, 1955, 1960, 1965, and 1980 (October 1979 to September 1980). 1979 is the date of the computerization of the index when the U.S. Army took control of the mortuary operations. Part of: Record Group 185: Records of the Panama Canal Function and Use: The database was created to serve as an electronic index to the records of individuals processed by the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary. Scope & Content Note: This series is a necrology and partial index to the mortuary's registers and contains records of 26,213 U.S. military personnel, employees of the Panama Canal Commission and its predecessors, and Canal Zone civilians processed through the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary between 1906 and 1991. Records in the database include: name, social security number or other unique personal identifier, age, race, nationality, occupation, employer, date of death, place of death, the date the body was received by the mortuary, the person identified as being responsible for the remains, the place of burial, date of cremation, disposition of cremation remains, register entry number, marker, section, row, grave, cost, and remarks. The data file contains some obvious typographical and data entry errors such as misspellings and data from two fields erroneously entered into a single field. Overall, less than 3 percent of the records are affected by these obvious errors.
Bibliography NWME Electronic and Special Media Records Services Division National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 (phone) 301-837-0470 (fax) 301-837-3681 (e-mail) email@example.com Inclusive Dates: 1979 - 1991 Coverage Dates: 1906 - 1991 NARA holds the registers, for which this data file serves as a partial index, in the series "Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Records, 1906-1999." The register entries provide more detailed information about the individual than do the electronic records, including the cause of death if known and a breakdown of the fees for processing and transporting the deceased's remains.