On Episode 5 of Who Do You Think You Are? professional football great Jerome Bettis used key death certificates to learn about his mysterious great-grandfather's life. Along the way, he also discovered how his great-great-grandfather was born into slavery but later achieved a legal triumph that made him a local legend.
Jerome gained a deeper understanding of the generations of ancestors whose lives helped shape his. And it all started with a death record. Watch Who Do You Think You Are? on Fridays 8/7c on NBC.
Now, get tips on how you can use death records to bring your ancestors' stories to life on Ancestry.com.