The importance of death records like Placer County Death Notices would best be understood when one first understands the importance of death. Although it is not something that most people would want to talk about over coffee, death is something that is important because it would have effects that would be binding not only upon those who are acquainted with the deceased, but even against the world as death is something that would affect the status of the person, and such change of status is something that would be binding against the world.
Death is one of two things that would change the status of being married, and marriage assigns upon the married person certain rights and responsibilities. When one of the parties to the marriage dies, those certain rights and responsibilities are terminated and, in most cases, the rights and responsibilities of the surviving party changes back to what it was before the fact of the marriage. These records constitute a constructive notice to the whole world of such change of status and thus, a notice to the rest of the world that the rights of the surviving party had also changed. This means that the surviving party is once more free to enter into a second marriage without the need to fear the legal consequences of bigamy even if there is no valid divorce entered into by the surviving party.
Before one could go about searching for copies of death records, one must first note that there are two types of records, informational copies and authorized or certified copies. In terms of the contents of the records, both would be the same, and the only differences between the two of them would be the fact that informational copies may be requested by anyone whereas authorized or certified copies may only be requested by those who are identified by the law as allowed to make the request. Informational copies are also limited in the sense that they could only be used to prove the death of the person named in the record and nothing else, whereas certified copies could be used for other purposes.
Both types of records may be obtained at the local or county level where the method of making the request would either be to make the request through mail or in person. Both methods would have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. In general, request made through mail are slower, but they would not require the person interested in the records to travel to the actual location of the office and make the request there. Requests made in person also have their own advantages and disadvantage which would be the opposite of those of the request made through mail.
Placer County Vital Records may also be found online through the use of online databases which may be mostly privately owned, but could present evidence that is substantially the same as that of the various official archives where the records are kept. Note that while these databases could present their information faster and more efficiently, any and all information obtained through them could not be used for official purposes for the very reason that they are not official sources.