There is just no substitute for paper in the hand.
By printing them out, I can use a highlighter and go through each and every piece of information, record it and follow it up. Lets look at my GGGG grandmothers death certificate as an example:
- The registration district is Isle of Thanet. This intrigued me, and I looked up what it meant, as they lived in Ramsgate, not on a seperate island. Wikipedia told me it was once an island, seperated by a river, but has not since the 1400's.
- 1849 was confirmed as the year of her death, so that changed in my information as I had it wrong.
- I found her address as Wellington Row. This led me to look for a map of Kent in the 1800's. A google search sent me to a free maps site Here I found a map of the Isle of Thanet in the 1800's. II could not find the street or 'row' I was after, but it was very interesting information anyway.
- Her age at death confirmed the birth date I had, so that was great information.
- Occupation was most interesting - wife of John Clark builder . So I had confirmation of my GGGG grandfathers occupation. This lead me to RootsWeb to post a question about how to find information about the builders of that time. I have already had a question in reply, and will let you know how I go!
- She died of Rheumatic Fever, which she had for 10 weeks. A little research led me to the fact that in the early 1800's there was an outbreak and epidemic of Scarlet Fever, which let to Rheumatic fever as a complication. This is likely what happened, as she had if for some time, and it was highly contagious.
I do think its worth printing this type of document, and going through this process, you never know what you may learn.
So here is a task for you.
- Go through your saved documents that you have not printed - print them all off and put into plastic sleeves in a folder - in order so you know who they are referring to.
- Take each one and highlight the inforamtion on it, check you have it recorded correctly.
- Do a bit of research on the interesting bits.
- Hope you enjoy it - and good luck
Here is the historical map of Kent.