Death certificates are issued in the same protocol as birth certificates. The original certificate with the original signature of the doctor or government licensed examiner is kept in the archives of your local county office of vital statistics or the county registrar (sometimes spelled register). When a certificate is requested by a person legally allowed to receive a certificate, such as a direct relative or a legal representative taking care of the dead person's estate, the county office of vital statistics makes a copy and stamps it. Depending on the procedures of the state, it may be a stamp that creates raised bumps in the paper, or or may be a colored stamp with several colors in the ink. It always is accompanied by the signature of the registrar. The original with the doctor's or examiner's original signature never leaves their physical possession. Only copies with a stamp are sent out, but the copies with the stamps are also referred to as originals because they have the stamp and registrars signature.
The certificate itself may vary in what information is contained on the certificate because it has only been in the last 50 years that counties started keeping additional statistical information on citizens. My own mother's birth certificate (she was born in the 1930's) only declares her name and date of birth and the state and the county in which the person was born. Older birth certificates often do not contain the doctor's name, the hospital, the parents' names, or any other familial information. They would not contain the time of day or race or much of anything else. Different states increased the types of information they collected at different times. So a certificate issued in the state of Washington in 1945 may have far different types of information on it than a certificate issued in the state of Idaho in 1945, etc. Each
state did not keep up with the statistical advancements of any of the other states.
The only thing that is practically universal from state to state currently is the stamp with either raised bumps in the paper and the multicolored ink with the signature of the registrar. Also almost universal is the paper itself. Now it's usually pale green, with green ink on the paper printed in a tiled design.
This of course only refers to certificates issued within the United States.
If your father's death took place in India, then his death certificate would have to come from India. It would make sense that it would be written in Hindi, one of the many languages spoken in India. It is my understanding that many people in India speak English in addition to their own language due to the British occupation of India for so many years. It is also my understanding that there is a multitude of languages spoken and native to India and that English is often spoken as a unifying language among all of them. It is my understanding that many schools and government offices offer their information and documents in both English and whatever the local language is. I can't verify the truth of my knowledge of India since I have never lived there or visited India. I have no knowledge of their protocol in issuing birth or death certificates.
You can write to the Indian embassy in the province or town in India where your father died and ask them to send you your father's death certificate, or at the very least, verify the information you have been given.
If your father died in the United States, and the death certificate is written in Hindi, someone is scamming you. No government authority in the United States issues documents in Hindi.
iloveorchids · 4 years ago