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Why Would the Recorder of Deeds have Death Records?

Back in November, I wrote about Sam Fink's Marriage and Death Indexes  and I mentioned that some of the death index entries have volume and page numbers that refer to -- well, no one really seems to know. And I also mentioned that there was a key to the years included in the index. Vital records are held by the Cook County Clerk's Office but Sam Fink made it clear that the volumes he was indexing were held by the Recorder of Deeds and, knowing a little bit about Sam Fink, I don't think he made a mistake. But why would the Recorder of Deeds have death records? Here's one possible answer: In a few weeks I'm going to make a trip to Van Buren County, Michigan with the hope of discovering the history of a particular property there. I was looking at  the frequently-asked questions on their website today and this paragraph caught my eye: Q: My spouse passed away and our property is in both our names, what do I do? A: Bring in a certified copy of the dea