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Death Records

Death Certificates offer a treasure trove of genealogical information: decedent's full name, date of death, cause of death, and place of death. You are likely to find marital status; birth date and age at death; occupation; employer; father's name and birthplace; mother's maiden name and birthplace; name of the informant, who often was a relative; the burial place and date; and the undertaker's name and address.

Obituaries can offer biographical information as well as portions of the decedent's family tree.

Probate records, most commonly the decedent's Last Will and Testament, can tell you about property distributions as well as surviving relatives and guardianship arrangements.

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