Re: Reporting deaths in NYC? #general

Ira Leviton

Dear Lauren,

<<< Is, was there a requirement to report a death in New York City? If
a person died at home, was never employed in this country, likely had no
assets at all, would the family have definitely reported the death? Was
it required for burial? If it is possible that there is no certificate,
can anyone suggest a way to figure out where she was buried? The only
thing I know for certain, is that she is not in the large family plot at
Mount Hebron (started later). >>>

It's almost impossible that there's no death certificate for a person
who died in N.Y.C. For more than a century this has been a requirement
for a hospital to release a body to a funeral home, for a funeral home to
bury a person, as well as for a body to be transported out of the city for
burial somewhere else. (Even if a funeral home is willing to do a burial
without one, no cemetery would let that happen.) So keep an open mind --
maybe as you mentioned she didn't die in Manhattan or Brooklyn, or maybe
not even within the five boroughs; or maybe it was recorded under another
last name, or even under her first name.

I hope this helps, and good luck.

Ira Leviton
New York, N.Y.

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