When I do not need or wish to obtain a death certificate, I have often used the National Probate Calendar for England & Wales as my main source for death date and place information (in conjunction, of course, with the GRO index).
This would imply that any instances where the place of death is not included in the index, one can assume that the individual died at their place of residence. However, I have one or two cases where I have reason to doubt this is always true - for example, a case where a death was registered in a district different to the district of residence (yet no death place noted in the NPC).
Therefore, my questions are:
- Is it reasonable to assume in cases where no place of death is specified that the place of death was indeed the place of residence?
- What is the original source data for the information appearing in the National Probate Calendar? Would the death certificate always have been consulted?