Death certificates, while fantastic documents providing essential information, were never designed for family historians. Establishing the cause of death is important for completion of our research but also for establishing a medical health history of a family.
However unfamililar terms are common. Exactly what does marasmus, apoplexy, scrofula inanition mean as the cause of death?
This presentation explains the evolution of the death certificate, the advances in medical knowledge and shows how some of the pitfalls of death certificate research can be avoided.