Re: Obtaining a NYC death certificate
- From: iraleviton@xxxxxxxxx (Ira Leviton)
- Date: 15 Mar 2009 04:48:40 -0700
Howard Sedlitz asked for advice on obtaining a 1952 death certificate
from the New York City Department of Health.
I already replied privately, and indicated that from the information
he supplied, they should have both been able to find the death certificate
and sent it to him because he had a right to it. But it appeared that the
person on whose desk his request landed either didn't want to make the
slight effort to do the lookup, or was overzealous in asking for Howard's
identifying or connecting information. Even in New York City, how many
people named Barnet GOODMAN could have died in one year? We should always
remember that at any organization, there are motivated, smarter, and more
resourceful and industrious workers, and... others.
On the New York City application for a death certificate, I always
supply all the information that I know, and I don't leave any boxes blank -
I write 'unknown' when I don't know, to minimize the chance that they'll
send it back asking for information I don't have. The reason that I want
the certificate is never 'genealogy' - according to their regulations,
that's not a valid reason - I usually write that I want to know where
they're buried and nobody alive remembers which cemetery it is. Combined
with my relationship (cousin), that's a valid reason for getting the death
certificate, which is permitted to any family member.
In addition to giving the date of death, I also give them the death
certificate number whenever I can determine it from the N.Y.C. death
indices, to remove any uncertainty about the identity of the deceased.
If you can access to this, by all means use it. Yes, it's doing some of
their work, but it increases the chance of success.
New York, N.Y.
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