how do i cite a death certificate

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i have acquired a very readable image of a death certificate but find no citation text attached.  how would i cite this as a source?
in WikiTree Help by Phil Howard G2G5 (5.6k points)
what i am really looking for is a format example of a very good citation.  i have lots of info.  i just want to write a good citation from it.  if there is no one very good example that shows everything, then multiple examples would be fine.

3 Answers

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The Evidence Explained website has examples of both local and state level vital records. See https://www.evidenceexplained.com/index.php/content/sample-quickcheck-models sample 428 and 430.

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (391k points)
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The image probably shows all the information you need.  You would use the spelling of the name as it is shown on the certificate.   The certificate number,  location and date of death would also be important information.   Death Certificates are issued at the state level but the rules vary from state to state.  Sometimes you order from the state  and in some states it is the county.  I would locate the Vital Records site for the state, or county of the certificate and add the link to the source citation.   It wouldn't really matter where the copy came from.  The source is the original document in the state repository.   If you meet their requirements,  you can buy a certified copy.
by Cherry Duve G2G6 Mach 4 (49.0k points)
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If you have a hard copy wrote into the sources section on WikiTree the number, the year and from which registry office or parish the certificate / parish record comes.

And if you like you can scan it and add as image file to the profile.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
i have it as an image file and the URL where i got it.  what i am wanting to know is the way to format a citation.  perhaps an example with plenty of information then i can just leave out the information i do not have.  i am especially curious about including the URL in the citation.

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