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  1. the name of the document;
  2. the date that the document was issued, and where it was issued;
  3. the name of the person or organization that issued the document;
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For example, the following would be an apppropriate source note or bibliographical reference for an English death certificate:

Certified Copy of an Entry of Death, given at the General Register Office, England, 19 Sept. 2008. James Dickson, died 14 December 1888, at Barnet, age 52 years, cause of death: phthisis, informant: Ann Barton. Registration district: Barnet, in the counties of Hertford and Middlesex; application no. 537007-1, registration no. DYC 071829. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and posted online to Arborealis, www.arborealis.ca (accessed 28 June 2014).

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