In the discussion about the reliability of original records (or copies thereof), we must ask ourselves, "How trustworthy is the information on a death certificate or a tombstone?".
Here is an excellent article that addresses that very topic. "The Accuracy of Death Certificates and Tombstones". This is the Diana, Goddess of the Hunt---of Ancestors website! If you are looking for a model for an online genealogy web site, this certainly is my nominee. It was created by Diana Gale Matthiesen.
Jot down some of the primary points that Diana makes in the article. What key elements are part of evaluating historic documents as mentioned in this article? What environment existed at the time of a death? Folks were often emotionally "demolished".
If you have experienced the death of a loved one, please feel free to make a comment about the things that were on your mind or reasons you might have made an error.