Record of a death. This is a question for U.K. before 1995 ie prior to internet. If you knew someone was dead but only knew a name, date of birth and town of birth, how would you check if the person had died? Would you need to look at the register in the place they were born or would you need to know where they had died and go there? Did birth and death certificates tie together somehow? Would you look at them (1995) on paper or microfiche? Anyone know?
I would imagine you would go to the town hall in the place of birth and check the register of births, deaths and marriages. As far as I can tell from using Ancestry the records are all tied together so the registry would be informed if a death certificate had been issued. I'm not 100% sure though. Perhaps you could contact Ancestry and see if you can speak to a specialist there? Or check at your local town hall?
I think it is Somerset House, but this is something that was used in Frederick Forsyth's Day of the Jackal. Regardless of whether you like his writing, he does (did, can't remember if he's still alive or not) research very stringently.