- Most states began recording deaths between 1900 and 1930, but each started a different year. For example,
- New England states started recording deaths on the town level starting as early as the first residents of the town. New England states consist of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont,and New Hampshire.
- Some states began recording deaths on the county level as early as the 1860s.
- Restrictions: some states have restrictions on who can see them. Each state has its own laws. One state may have deaths for some years available to everyone while other states may limit access to relatives.
From the information supplied on a death certificate, one could determine the deceased’s birth date (age at time of death, if the actual birth date isn’t supplied), next of kin (“informant”), and if you are really lucky, the parents’ names and where they were born.
This information may not be the most accurate, as it is the farthest removed from the events such as birth, and the informant may not be very well informed!
Some information here is taken from How to Find US Death Records wiki page at FamilySearch.org
D is for Dustin. Every parent feels their child is special, but we had some early indicators that our son was pretty smart. He didn’t think like we did and got easily bored in school. We had him tested and learned he had a photographic memory, among other things. He was put in some Gifted and Talented classes where he could be more challenged. Today I will share one example of a time when we just shook our heads (again) and said, “Why didn’t we think of that?”
Dustin was about eight years old and we were at a cub scout carnival. One of the booths was a challenge to get as many pennies as possibly into a milk bottle, by holding the pennies a certain distance above the opening and dropping them into the bottle. Dustin watched a few kids trying and not experiencing much success. When his turn came, he took all 10 of his allotted pennies, held them together stacked one on top of the other, and dropped them all at once. Their combined weight allowed them to drop straight down and all made it into the bottle! Genius!