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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Re: Death Certificate Information

Gwen:

I think it was me that made the reference to the funeral directors. When they are still in business, and if their records are available, the information can be bountiful. For instance, it may lead to the phone numbers and addresses family members, formerly unknown to you.

Generally, the exact plot and row number of the burial site would be recorded, as well. (For me, that information is very important as I develop our family tree. If the family intends to visit, decorate, or otherwise maintain the graves, this information is very useful.)

Also, though not as important to some, those records would enumerate who paid for what.

About eight months ago, I located some receipts for my great-uncle's funeral arrangements. The receipts belonged to my late great-aunt, and were issued by the funeral home that handled the arrangements after my great-uncle's death. On the receipts was the name, address, and telephone number of the funeral home. Though I have so far been unsuccessful in determining whether they are still in operation (perhaps under another name), that find did indicate to me that my great-aunt paid for his funeral. It led me to the likely city and state in which he was buried. Additionally, it provided an approximate time frame for his death. Generally, states have boards of funeral directors, so that will likely be my next source in determining what happened to the funeral home, so that I may gather more information.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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