Information given on death certificates
In England and Wales, a death certificate holds the following information:
- date and place of death – from the late nineteenth century an address may be given rather than the name of an institution (e.g. City Hospital will appear as 77 Dudley Road)
- name of the deceased
- sex, age and occupation of deceased and possibly their home address
- the cause of death – if there was an inquest it may be possible to obtain a copy of the coroner’s report
- the name and address of informant and possibly their relationship to the deceased
If the deceased was a child or a single woman, the name of the father is shown.
From 1969 a death certificate also includes the date and place of birth of the deceased, and the maiden name of a married woman.