Certificates hold a wealth of information about your ancestors.
Birth certificates can tell you:
- When and where a person was born
- Their father’s name -where acknowledged. Illegitimate births may not state the father’s name
- Mother's name
- Father's occupation
Marriage certificates can tell you:
- The date that the marriage took place
- The bride and groom's full names
- Their ages (note: age given is as stated by bride/groom, and may not be accurate)
- Condition at marriage, i.e. widowed, divorced, or single
- Their profession
- Their residence
- The bride and groom's fathers' names. If a father's name is followed by 'deceased', then search
- backwards from the date of marriage to find a death certificate for him.
- The bride and groom's fathers' occupations
- Names of witnesses - often family members.
Death certificates can tell you:
- When and where a person died
- Their age
- Their occupation
- The cause of death
- Details of the informant (often a family member).