Connecticut Medical Examiner Records #general


Steven Greenstein
 

Fellow Genner's:

I am looking for information on the availability of detailed death records (autopsy
report/finding and conclusions) as opposed to death certificates in Connecticut
and:
(1) whether and under what circumstances they were prepared
(2) what years they are available
(3) under what situations they are accessible by the public (relatives)

The context is this : I am trying to validate a long held family story/tragedy
about the death of my great uncle Harry Dunn who died at age 13 by allegedly
falling off a horse drawn cart driven by his father (my ggrandfather) while on his
peddling route northwest of Hartford , CT in the summer of 1918. My g-grandfather
may have had a psychological 'break' following Harry's death >from guilt due to the
event (he reputedly never worked again and became a charge of his family until he
died in 1938). Young Harry's death certificate indicates he died >from endocarditis
that he had for 3 years prior, but we always wondered whether a heart attack may
in fact have been the proximate cause of his death resulting >from the fall -
exacerbated by his heart condition, together with the reluctance of the medical
examiner to state the accident as the official cause of death on the death
certificate.

Detailed medical examiner/autopsy records might shed more light on this-
the question is whether they were prepared back in 1918 in CT. , under what
circumstances and would they be available to the public/relatives?

Thanks.

Steve Greenstein

Researching: Grinshteyn (Derazhnya & Galuzintsy, Podolia/Ukraine), Viller
(Proskurov, Podolia/Ukraine), Dunn/Don (Vilna, Lithuania), Dubowy (Kozowa &
Zalozce, Brezany/Galicia), Sigal (Kamenets-Podolskiy, Podolia/Ukraine),
Pollack (Kuzmin, Podolia/Ukraine), Aronofsky (Kovno, Lithuania)

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