Any family history researcher has visited a lot of monuments in their search for more information.
My one wish upon death, is to have a headstone that will last centuries so my descendants can read it!
|Winiam Cemetery - where many of those interred are related to me.|
Photo taken 2009
|Grave of James E Pilgrim (my great grandfather)|
21 Aug 1950
|My Great Great Grandparents Grave|
Maryborough (Vic) Cemetery
As researchers, we are taught to verify information, which is why I like to order certificates (which are often incorrect too!) . Alexander's death certificate states he died a day earlier, 11th June 1930.
|Alexander Walker death extract|
The date is confirmed elsewhere on the certificate too as the death was also registered on 11th June 1930 and Alexander Walker was buried on the 13th June 1930.
When I started researching I was doing it "on the cheap" and was only interested in free information. However, I soon found that certificates (especially Australian certificates) provide so much useful information, which is unavailable elsewhere. Now I have a monthly budget for certificates. So what does it cost me? Nothing really. I just take my lunch to work everyday instead of buying it!
In addition to the date and cause of death, the certificate also provided me with the following details (or confirmed details already held):
- Age on Death and therefore approximate Birth Year
- When and where buried
- Parents names (and mothers maiden name)
- Fathers occupation
- Wife and 15 Children's names and ages
- Where Born
- Number of Years in Australia (therefore approximate immigration date)
- Where and When Married
- Son's address
- Place of Death (and residence)
|Alexander Walker died at 30 Napier Street, Maryborough, Victoria|
(Picture taken 2012)
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