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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.

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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