How one gets listed in a record is an important part of the analysis process.
It should be fairly obvious how someone gets listed in a death record–at least the principal person. There are other people who may be alive and whose names may appear on a death certificate (the parents, the informant, the doctor, etc.).
In the cases of other records the qualifiers may not be so clear:
- What were the qualifications to vote in Ohio in 1823?
- Who had to pay personal property taxes in Maryland in 1845?
- Who was required to register for the Civil War draft?
- Who was eligible to serve on a jury in South Carolina in 1810?
- Who could witness a document in Maryland in 1798?
- Who could serve as an administrator in Missouri in 1878?
- Who could serve as a guardian in Illinois in 1856?
- Who was eligible to naturalize in the United States in 1860?
- Who was supposed to be enumerated in the 1840 census?
- Who was eligible to be a schoolteacher in Ohio in 1920?