Information Contained within a Death Record
Whether we like it or not, we are all headed towards the same inevitable conclusion in our lives: the issuing of our very own death certificate. It isn’t something that is a lot of fun to think about, but once that magic piece of paper is issued, what exactly will it have to say?
For a glimpse at what our own death record might say, all we have to do is look towards our own birth record for clues. Both documents are vitally important and both provide about the same amount of information.
First, a birth and death record will give the name of the person the record is meant for, and both records have the date of birth. Of course, the death record will also have the date you passed away as well as the cause of death and if there is going to be an investigation of some kind.
While your birth record will often cite the name of your parents, your death notice will note if you were married or partnered at all. All told, the two records are both one page long, certified by the county clerk in the area in which you lived and are done both for recordkeeping and for other purposes, as well.
Importance of Death Records
If someone close to you has passed away recently and you were put in charge of handling their estate, you probably know how important a death certificate can be. You will likely need a copy to send off to any debtors that the person who passed had.
The best thing you can do in this situation is to talk to a lawyer about what your rights and responsibilities are, especially if you are related to the deceased. You will also need a certified copy of the death certificate to send off to the insurance company to collect any life insurance policies that the person might have had.
As you can see, a death certificate isn’t so much for the person who recently passed away; it is for all of the people they left behind. They can also be used to help trace your family tree. Many folks are surprised at how far back these records go and how complete they are, even for 200 years ago.