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Vital records can be so helpful in gleaning valuable information about an ancestor. For example, a death certificate (depending on the year) might contain information about the parents names and places of birth, birth date of the deceased, spouse, place of burial, what the cause of death was, etc. Also, the informant is usually related to the deceased.


Exercise:  (Look at the record above.)

1. Who was Nettie’s spouse?

2. Where was Nettie’s father from? 

3. What is her mother’s maiden name?

4. Where was she buried? Since you know her burial place, you could search for other family members in this cemetery. 

5. What was the mortuary she was embalmed at? You might try calling the mortuary to see if they have any information about the funeral.

6. Who is the informant?  How might she/he be related?



This certificate is in the Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956 collection on FamilySearch.org at the following link. https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1747615

If you have ancestors who died in Utah between 1905-1956, search for their name in the collection and see if you find anything new. Add the source to your Source Box, and then attach the source to that ancestor in your Family Tree. 



Please contact me if you have any questions or if you have success. Carol Hill - carollovesfamilyhistory@gmail.com, 801-380-9192


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