Death Certificate Information Items

The image above shows twenty-two pieces of genealogical information in this death certificate. Would you have noticed them all (click to enlarge)?

Grow Your Research Skills

Your ability to solve problems in your research will grow as you learn to scour each source for every clue it imparts. Sometimes even the tiniest clue can be the key to breaking a brick wall.

If you would have missed some of the information in the death certificate, there are many ways to grow in your research skills. I have found that when I solve problems today, it’s often because I see information in the sources that I couldn’t see a decade ago.

I have grown my genealogical skills primarily by reading journal articles, and attending conferences and lectures over the years. This, in addition to reading and referring to my home library of genealogy books.

Sources to Learn How to Evaluate Vital Records

Have you maximized your understanding of the most common sources in genealogy? Vital records and census records have so much to tell us, if we commit to taking the time to learn more.

I have three suggestions for learning how to evaluate vital records such as a death certificate. All three of the books should be on the bookshelf of all genealogists. They are an investment that will pay off over and over again.

  1. The Source, 3rd edition, edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, Chapter 13, “Vital Records.”
  2. Researchers Guide to American Genealogy, 4th edition, by Val D. Greenwood, Chapter 13, “Vital Records.” (**If you can only purchase one, let it be this one**)
  3. Evidence Explained, 3rd edition, Chapter 9, “Local and State Records: Licenses, Registrations, Rolls and Vital Records.” [update 2024: now a 4th edition]

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