Hello, I am trying to understand the family relationships listed on an Italian death record. I see witnesses at the bottom of the death certificate and witnesses at the top of the death certificate. Is there a format for certain immediate family members (grandfathers, uncles, brothers etc..) to be listed at the top of the death certificate? I see that at the bottom of many of the death certificates that I am working with, the people listed don't seem to be immediate family, maybe friends or cousins.
Is there a custom or traditional format that apply to Italian funerals and death records?
Any help would be appreciative.
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Top of the record witnesses and declares the death,hour and address sometimes family most of the time is not family Ive seen a lot of times gravediggers Bottom of record is the witnesses who witnessed the signing of the death act Not to many death acts list the cause of death
Always look to see who announced the death record, in doing this I found a line of my family that went to Catania. But, yes, I agree the people who sign at the bottom are usually people that worked at the records office. The best thing to do is when entering the information of the death record onto a genealogy program, add who announced the death, the further into your research, these people maybe part of your family.