[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Death entry in new 1900-1912 records.

Sigrid Pohl Perry perry1121 at aol.com
Sat Jan 14 07:43:21 PST 2017

Hi Linda,

As I have indexed many death records for the Lublin Projecgt, I offer 
the following observations:
- The recorded information is provided by witnesses, usually two male 
witnesses; they may not be related to the deceased so may not know all 
possible relevant family information. If a witness has the same surname, 
he is probably related, e.g. father, son, etc.
- If the deceased is an adult, sometimes the number of surviving sons 
and daughters is provided, if known; I have even seen the daughters 
married names provided, though that is very rare.
- If the deceased is a male, the surviving widow's full name is often 
provided. But if he is a widower, her name is usually not given at all; 
it just states that he was a widower. If a widow dies, the name of her 
dead spouse is given IF KNOWN by the witnesses. If she has been married 
more than once (and widowed), sometimes both surnames of those former 
husbands is given. But I have seen many records where it is only known 
that she is an elderly widow and no one who testifies about her death 
knows her given surname.
-The best kind of death record for genealogy is one that gives the 
deceased adult's given name, parents' names, birthplace, and the name of 
a spouse and the number of surviving children. Now, with that record, 
you can go places! Otherwise, you just use the clues you have, e.g. if 
the number of surviving children is given, look for their marriage 
records. And if the deceased is a younger adult, look for the original 
marriage record, etc.

Good luck!
Sigrid Pohl Perry

On 1/13/2017 9:46 PM, Bronwyn Klimach wrote:
> This can sometimes suggest that the spouse has already died.  Sorry not to
> be more helpful!
> Bronwyn.
> On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 1:08 AM, Linda Bowen <lindakb45 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> If a death record indicates the person was married, but there is no name
>> of the spouse, does that mean the record didn't have the name
>> of the spouse or was it just not added to the entry?
>> The record I'm wondering about is the death  an August Bloch who died in
>> March 26, 1912.
>> TIA
>> Linda Bowen
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