Casefile Clues

14 December 2011

Death Benefit Location is Not Death Location

I'm in a discussion with Ancestry.com over the fact that the trees automatically import the last residence location from the Social Security Death index into the death place of the individual.

I was asked for my suggestion as to how should the death benefit location be handled. Seems pretty easy to me--the last residence location should be labeled as the last residence location because that is what it is.

It doesn't matter if the majority of times it is the same as the death location.

If I were to follow this logic, then for all those ancestors for whom I have an infant christening record, I should just use the location of the church as the place of birth.

I don't think so.