I must concur with Jackye Sullins. I must have been asleep at the
wheel not to have noticed a change in the UK authority's issuance of
death certificates, Looking at one issued by the FRC, the columns
are: certificate number, when/where died, name and surname, sex, age,
occupation, cause of death, signature, description and residence of
informant, when registered, signature of registrar. This was for
someone who died in 1939, but was retrieved in 1986.
On the other hand, I have a local authority death certificate issued
in Watford, Hertfordshire for a 2002 death and the only real
difference is the box for "qualification" of the informant, who in
this case was an "occupier" - hardly a next of kin!
Jeremy G Frankel
Berkeley, California, USA