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Death Certificates, Obituaries, and Probates: What the Dead Can Tell You

Presenter: Sheila Benedict


The combination of using death certificates, an obituary, a probated estate, and laws of that time, is an effective body of work to establish many facts about the deceased person and ancestors. A mother's maiden name, the place of birth, checking birth date through all three, and gaining evidence to move forward to city directories, voter rolls, county histories, and much more.

Level:
Beginner, Intermediate
Topic:
General Research Techniques