Your Quick Tips, 07 July 2008

Secondary Information on Death Certificates
One thing genealogists need to keep in mind is that most of the information gathered in some states for death certificates is given by an informant who may just be a neighbor or doctor. This person may have limited or no knowledge of the person’s family and may not know where and when the person was born.

Iris Stone

One More Way to See Yellow
This works for almost anything that you need to increase the contrast on. Yellow glasses are very popular for shooting for just that reason. I have used this trick for more than thirty years as many of the early copiers were nearly useless unless the print was very dark. As I was copying teletype messages printed with often old and heavily used ribbons on canary yellow paper or the fifth or sixth carbon copy from a manual typewriter, the yellow transparency was a virtual necessity.
 
Karl Hammerle

Copy Title Pages
When copying information from printed and Internet sources, I always print a copy of the title page or of the footnote that lists source information. This way, I never have to wonder about where something came from because I have it in the publisher’s own words. I also print the copyright page on all printed works.
 
Shelby Raj

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One thought on “Your Quick Tips, 07 July 2008

  1. I have become putting the additional information I find on a death certificate in my comment section for that record and note who the informant was. If the only birth information or parent information I have comes from the death certificate, I always note that, that’s where the info came from. Even if the info turns out to be wrong, somehow that wrong inf fits into the genealogy.

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