In order to evaluate information, it is important to know who provided that information. Often we can only guess who the source of a particular piece of information might have been. Was it someone who knew the information from firsthand experience? Was it someone who had heard the information passed on orally?
Many original death certificates list the "informant" or the person who was interviewed by the funeral home staff to begin the paper trail that eventually became the official death certificate.This knowledge is helpful in evaluating each separate piece of information on such certificates. Too often researchers do not dig deep enough to find from whom the information came.
- Persons temporarily absent from household. Write “Ab” after names of such persons.
- Children under 1 year of age. Write “Infant” if child has not been given a first name.
- Enter “X” after name of person furnishing information.