Wednesday, June 6, 2012

And the Number Is??? Or, Can You Please Help Me?

Yes, what is that number, anyway? I'm trying to obtain Fred Gerner's Pennsylvania death certificate (he's indexed as Fredrick K. Gener) and am having trouble reading the index. I thought you might be able to help me decipher the number. I can tell you that the number is not 39357 or 89357 (because they sent those certificates and they were not Fred's). But what is it?

Here's more of the index. I thought it might help to see other numbers. It didn't help me, but maybe someone else can decipher the numbers by comparing to other numbers.
I thought it might help to know the dates of other deaths around the time of Fred's death. Usually the death certificates are numbered sequentially by date of death (at least that's how they are in Ohio).
But the certificate number for a March 10 death is 33624; for a March 20 death it is 37190; and for a March 22 death it is 36486. So I don't think that helps much.

Thank you for any help you can give me in deciphering Fred's death certificate number. I'm sorry I can't give a prize to the closest guess when I'm finally able to obtain his death certificate!


  1. Hmmm, is the first number 6? It looks as if it has curved lines at both the top and bottom.
    Fingers crossed you can find the right number X (this is my fingers, crossed!)

  2. The first number looks like an 8 to me, but since you know that isn't right I'd guess a 9... I wonder if the numbers are organized by location - have you found anyone else who died in Bruin/Butler County around the same time as Fred?

    Good luck!

  3. It looks like 39387 to me.... Best of luck in getting the right record.

  4. 39387 or 89387? Hope you get the certificate soon!

  5. The fourth number looks like a 6 to me......

  6. It looks like ... 89387 to me. Good luck!

  7. I think the first digit is a 6.

    Dee at Shakin' the Family Tree

  8. This is good. You ladies have all been very helpful to look and tell me what you think and I appreciate it. Thank you!

    There's a bit of consensus among your numbers. Everyone seems to agree about the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th digits. It's the first and fourth that are hard to make out. I could suggest 3 to begin with and then go from there.

    Do you think it would be awful to print the index page, cut out the number, and glue it on to the order form and let them decide?

    Thanks again, ladies, for your help. I appreciate it.

  9. Hi Nancy,
    I was wondering if you could help me? I have an ancestor who was supposedly born in Pennsylvania before he came to Australia. I have been having difficulty trying to locate any information (I am hoping to obtain a birth certificate). I'd really appreciate if you could point me in the right direction.

  10. Great idea Nancy!!! Yep, cut it out and stick it to the order form. In my family, and probably others, we call that "handballing" :-) Good luck!


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