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May 18th, 2015:

Substitutes for Death Certificates

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North Carolina began to require the use of death certificates on a statewide bases in 1913, but for many of us who are researching before that time, where do we look?  There are many other types of records can indirectly prove the death of an ancestor.

Examples include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Family Bible records
  • Headstones, cemetery records, and funeral home records
  • Obituaries and newspaper articles
  • church records
  • military records (especially pensions)
  • mortality schedule of the U.S. census (1850-1880)
  • wills and estate records

See our library’s handout on Substitutes for Vital Records


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