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12 May 2013

What Other Records?

Whenever reviewing any document, think about what other records or materials that document might have caused to be created. A death certificate may mean a burial permit, a tombstone, an obituary, or a cemetery record. A court case involving an inheritance may be mentioned in the newspaper or have caused a deed to be recorded when the case was finalized.

Rarely is one document recorded in complete isolation.  

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  1. Some rural newspapers publish courthouse filings of wills and executors of estates. Often, the executrix/executor is a relative or family friend. The obituary might give a kin's sobriquet. The legal notice often helps with a legal name or 2.

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