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Re: [NC] Death Certificates 1909-1975 online
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Hello Joseph! Just personally stating: One should be leery as you put it. Or better yet, I prefer cautious and astute to whom and how you are relaying the information of your research. Not everyone is into genealogy. Some people may find the collection of death certificates a bit morbid or a disrespect as if someone is merely collecting them as baseball cards. I am totally with you on how exciting it is to retrieve this information. I am completely thrilled with the amount of death certificates I have been able to find via county courthouses, Familysearchlab and Ancestry.com. These records have allowed me to acquire so much information for my research. I have almost 200 death certificates that I keep in binders of direct ancestors and extended family members. I judge what information, as well as what source information, that I tell another person about my research based on my feelings of their level of interest. Some family members may find it offensive when they find out that some or all of their ancestors were slaves. Unfortunately, others may merely only want to know where the mixed race came in to play...Was the person Caucasian or Indian? I don't delve sensitive source information until I access whether the family member shows a passion and interest in their family history and is truly interested in how I conduct my research. Even then, I show respect to the death certificates that I have on file. I have two binders of death certificates and I would be extremely hesitant as to just bringing them all out at once. I would usually say some thing like: "Let me check my files and see if I can recover the death certificate."...This is even though I can readily retrieve the source information.
Even though I have gathered all of these death certificates of my grand parents, other direct ancestors and extended family member, I still have yet to place my own father's death certificate in the bind. It is still quite sensitive to me. In knowing this reinforces my respect for the death certificates that I have and sensitivity of
other family member, who may or may not have an interest in my research.
Keep on digging! Best of luck!
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