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Death certificates; what's the use?


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I rarely use death certificates in my fmily history search, because they seem so hit-and-miss. Usually I don't care when people died, anyway.

At the moment I'm hunting around the 1890's-1910's, and my relatives might have died then, but might not. I have suitable names on ancestry, but I'm reluctant to stump up £7 a go for what may be very little information, even if I get the right person.

If someone dies while living with their parents, then that shows up on the certificate, but if they're single and have moved away, presumably there's no information regarding who the parents are. Is this correct? Are they any practical use at confirmig relationships?

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