Sunday, October 28, 2018

Making the most of deceased estate file contents

I've said it before and I say it again for those who missed it: when viewing or ordering copies of the contents of deceased estate files, look at ALL the documents contained therein - or ask your helpful researcher to do so. Each piece of paper has the potential to offer information so don't be tempted to stop at the Death Notice.

An undertaker's invoice, like the one shown above, may offer place of burial (in this case Stellawood Cemetery) as well as the details of the obsequies and their cost - 2 carriages and a special tram car at 26 pounds. The site was purchased for 2 pounds.

The burial should be listed in the Stellawood Cemetery handwritten registers (held at the cemetery) for November 1911, though probably wouldn't add further information.

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