Re: Importance Value of various Birth Sources
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My list was not meant to be definitive, but simply that each Source document must be judged on its merit.
That is often governed by how contemporary the details are with respect to the event they describe.
To say that a Death certificate often has more errors than most other types only applies to the birth or age details.
The other details such as name, date & place of death, and the informant are contemporary with the death and so quite reliable.
Regards, Mike Tate
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Subject: Re: [family-historian] Importance Value of various Birth Sources
Whilst I will agree with Mike on the theory behind his list from having looked at so many certificates over the years there are pitfalls with all certificates
I remember helping at the FindMyPast stand at the last WDYTYA Live event and being asked by someone why her husbands entry in the 1939 register was not unlocked.
I also remember when I went with my mum to register dad’s death in 2001 being asked about his place of birth
Death certificate in fact often have more errors than most as the person who really knows the answers is the one who can’t answer them – the deceased
Whether a Marriage or Death certificate gives better information depends on a number of factors.
The following refers to the UK.
Many early Marriage Certificates simply say of Full Age which only tells you they are older than 21.
Whereas a Death Certificate or Burial record gives a specific Age at death.
Later Marriage Certificates do give the spouse’s Ages but no Place of Birth.
Whereas a Death Certificate gives an actual Date and Place of Birth.
So in my opinion a Death Certificate is usually better than a Marriage Certificate.
Also a Census record for a child usually gives an accurate Age and Place of Birth.
Regards, Mike Tate
I would say any marriage certificate would be before death certificate. These would be more important than census details which you can think of as being supplementary to the certification.
This is the first message I have received via the new system and would say it is better than the old one