Do you have important documents in your genealogy file that you have no documentation or memory of how such document was obtained? That’s my case with the death certificate for Horatio Hammond.
Based on my notation on the document, I know that it was acquired during my very early research days. Thus, it was likely sent in response to a letter. Since the original letter requesting the document was not kept, the only clue I have to its origin is a statement included with the certificate from the Knox county (Illinois) clerk. Thanks to the added statement, I know that the document was sent to me in January 1983.
Physicians Certificate of Death
State of Illinois, Knox County
State Board of Health
1. Name Horatio Hammond
2. Age 81 years 0 months 14 days. Occupation Farmer
3. Date of death Nov 7th hour 8 am * Widower
4. Nationality and place where born Born in Connecticut
5. How long resident in this state Thirty-One (31) yrs
6. Place of death Ont Twnsp
7. Cause of death Chronic Nephritis
8. Duration of disease
9. Place and date of burial Ontario Ont Tp Nov 8 187
10. Name and place of undertaker Wm Sumner Oneida Knox Co. Ills
Dated at Woodhull Dec 8th 1879 W. H. Lowry M.D.
State of Illinois
County of Knox
Filed: December 11, 1879
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct coy of the Death Record of the Person named above and that this record was established and filed in my office in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Statutes relating to the registration of deaths, births and stillbirths.
Dated: January 20 1983 [Yvonne Tahl]
Knox County Clerk
Galesburg, IL 61401
(SEAL)“Illinois Death Certificate” (Physician’s Certificate of Death, ), “Horatio Hammond”.
Even though I didn’t do a good job of documenting this source at the time, I am very thankful that I kept it in my files.