Documents of Death

Documents of Death

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by Helen V. Smith

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Documents of Death


We need to kill off our ancestors to ensure we know when their time has come. Vital registration (death certificates) are just one of the record types that can be used. By looking at the range of documents that can give death information we can put our ancestor’s death and often their life into context.


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Presenter: Helen V. Smith

Helen has been researching her family since 1986 with research in Australia, England, Wales and Ireland. She is the author of Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms and Google the Genealogist’s Friend and has written for a number of family history as well as scientific publications. Helen has a One Name Study on Quested. Helen has spoken to a wide variety of audiences nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Professionally, she is a Molecular Epidemiologist specializing in Public Health Microbiology and has a strong interest in infectious diseases and Public Health through the ages.

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