|Eugene Narron Allen Death Certificate|
I especially like looking at cause of death and the informant to consider the circumstances that may have led up to the death. It's a huge part of the story.
The NC Archives has death certificates from about 1913 to 1979. I ran a FTM report and compiled a list of all family members with deaths in NC in that time frame.
I had long ago scanned all of them, but they were scattered around my computer files, so I organized them into the proper folder and made sure they were attached as appropriate in Family Tree Maker.
For those that were missing, I first checked Ancestry.com to see if I could snag them online. If that failed, I ordered it from the NC Archives via their online portal.
I tracked cause of death and place of burial. Also the funeral home who handled the deceased, although I've not had any luck getting funeral home records.
Added bonus, of sorts: Many many of my folks died of heart disease. Guess I need to hit the gym more often so that doesn't happen to me!
Next up: Marriage records.