No clues in the Death Certificate

One of my pet peeves is when a death certificate has unknown written for the parents.  Really?  You really couldn’t find out who this person’s parents were??

I had really been hoping that the death certificate of my great-great grandmother, Christina (Söderlund) Bergman would list her parents’ names.  I know who her mother was, but she was born out of wedlock and her father was not listed on her birth certificate.  Her mother married Jonas Söderlund about 10 years after she was born and I’m not sure if he was her real father or not.  I was hoping that this might clear that up, but it didn’t.  Her parents are actually listed as “unobtainable” which surprises me.  She lived with her bachelor son, who is old enough to have known his grandmother (her mother).  I’m not sure why at least her name isn’t listed – especially since he was listed as the informant.

She died tragically – she was hit by a car.  Maybe the trauma of the event clouded his memory.

It looks like I’m going to have to do some serious digging in the Swedish parish records to solve the mystery of her birth father.

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  • Judy G. Russell, CG - March 19, 2012 - 8:49 am

    It’s always frustrating when the death certificate is so unhelpful. My own great grandmother’s death certificate in OK has “don’t know” for both parents and only lists her married name (Mrs. M.G. Cottrell) for her name. Grrrrr! But, I suppose, better no info than wrong info!ReplyCancel

  • NoOceanInKansas - March 19, 2012 - 11:55 am

    Great post! Nothing I hate more than getting a vital record in the mail, that I’ve been waiting and waiting for, and it doesn’t have all the info I hoped.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Coffin - March 20, 2012 - 4:48 pm

    I have a similar situation with a tragic, sudden death. The informant was a sister, who clearly would have known the information. I just think it was too much to bear at that moment.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - March 20, 2012 - 8:31 pm

    Great post! It’s so frustrating when information that seems like it should be there is missing. Maybe her son couldn’t remember his grandmother’s first name, so he didn’t provide that information.ReplyCancel

  • Kyle - January 26, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    How were you able to get the death certificate if you did not know the parent’s names? Like it seems that you got the record in order to figure out who the parents were, but when I request one for my great great grandfather, it requires that I list who his parents were, which I don’t know, it’s the whole reason I want the document in the first place.ReplyCancel

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