Death certificates are often overlooked in favour of birth and marriage certificates. After all, both these last two will give you clues to the next generation, whereas death certificates just record the end of a life, don't they? But death certificates can also provide a wealth of information.
Later, more modern, death certificates provide the date of birth as well (although this needs to be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt, because the informant may have been too upset to remember properly). You may find a cause of death which may give you further clues (was it phthisis? was he a miner?). A date of
death may lead you to a Will, which in turn may lead you to other ancestors in the bequests. Or maybe an inquest, if the death was sudden or suspicious - and it may have been reported in the local newspaper. A place of death may lead you to a census where the deceased/their family were living, to a census, or to a parish with its registers.
So, although a death certificate may seem like just a record of the end of your ancestor's life, it can in fact be a starting point for a lot more research.
*rubs hands with glee at the prospect*
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