Wendy, in your inquiry about sisters Anna Kelmansky Rabinovitch and May (or Mae) Kelmansky, you wrote that <<I actually found a record I think was Anna's, indicating she passed away in 1972 in Westchester (as Rabinovitch, which tells me she didn't remarry), but I think I have to purchase the Social Security record to know for sure it is her. (I also still do not know where she is buried.)>>
I assume that the record you referred to is this listing in the Social Security Death Index:
Good chance that she's the right Anna as the birth date matches her naturalization record.
A reminder: The location shown in the SSDI is the decedent's last residence, which is not necessarily the place of death. Someone residing in Scarsdale could easily have died in nearby New York City, in which case the record would not be filed with NY State, or elsewhere. I've also seen instances where the zip code isn't even the decedent's, but that of a family member to whose address the monthly Social Security check was mailed, pre-direct deposit.
Could the Anna Rabinovitch listed in the SSDI be the same one who is buried at Baron Hirsch Cemetery?
I realize that Anna wasn't a "Galitzianer," but that doesn't rule out burial in a Galician landsmanshaft section. I'd want to try to get a photo of the grave to see the Hebrew patronymic that's hopefully there. (Emphasis on the word "try," because, as the note on JOWBR indicates, many stones at Baron Hirsch are inaccessible.)
If you do send to the NY State Dept. of Health for a death record, wait a few months -- i.e. until 50 years after filing -- to be eligible for an uncertified copy of the record. https://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/genealogy.htm
Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY
On Sun, Aug 21, 2022 at 11:21 AM Robert Hanna <robert.hanna41@...> wrote:
Anna's death certificate should have the cemetery where she is buried. You can get the certificate from the NYS Dept of Health in Albany NY.