Professional football great, Jerome Bettis went on an emotional journey on Who Do You Think You Are? to learn more about his great-grandfather who abandoned the family. But death certificates, newspaper accounts and other records helped put Bettis on the right path, where he learned that he comes from a line of family members who stood up for their rights, even as the odds were stacked against them. Ancestry.com is a sponsor of the show. Missed the episode? Watch it on NBC.com.
Death records contain other clues, too. Place of birth for the deceased can help you locate birth records and age and birth date are typically included as well. You may also find an address of the deceased, as well as the place where he or she died, occasionally even how long the person lived in the area, maybe even in the country. Also note informant, the person who gave the information about the deceased individual. This is usually another member of the family tree.
Death certificates can rich sources of answers about your family. And they may be the key you need to discover even more.