Death certificates are not a roadblock in the sense that they are hard to find, but you need to know where to look. Also, you need to understand the information included and the reliability of the information as well.
The practice of issuing death certificates in North Carolina began in 1913. Death certificates were almost always filed in the place of death, but in a few cases were filed in the county where the deceased resided – this was not common practice.
Information you need to know to receive a death certificate from any source includes name of the deceased, the county they died in (note this is not necessarily the county they resided in), and the year or approximate year within a 5 year time frame. (more…)