If you do, how do you record the witnesses indicated on the birth and death certificates? Or more exactly, what do you think of the fact that they are not in fact the witnesses of the event but of its administrative recording.
If the question may seem absurd, I’ve been asking myself it several times, especially when I encounter acts that were not done on the very day of the event but a few days later, which seems even more obvious.
If the declarer of said event is indeed to be linked to the event since he declares it and therefore fully has his place as such (which in Gramps takes the form of the sharing of the event between the newborn or the deceased and the one who declares this event with the role of declarer), the witnesses themselves seem to me only linked to the declaration of this event in the civil status of the place; they are witnesses that so and so declared the birth or death of such and such another at that time in that place.
I tell myself that it is therefore more of an administrative act of declaration of birth or death that they are the witnesses rather than of the event itself (unlike the godparents who have a role in the event for example).
If I have always recorded them in the same way as the declarer, that is to say by sharing the event with them by giving them the role of witness, that tickles me more and more, hence this question.
PS: I have not included the weddings in this post but while writing it I also ask myself the question while sensing it perhaps different (the same type of role as that of the godfathers / godmothers for the baptism for example ??).
Thank you for your answers to this existential question