I can't find a death record for death due to abortion #general
Mark London can't find a death certificate of somebody who died >from a
botched abortion, and is wondering why.
I answer that there must be a death certificate somewhere. The explanations
for missing it are the usual ones, including incorrect indexing or
spelling of the last name, and as Mark mentioned, the death occurred
across the border in New Jersey or another location. However, because
of the circumstances, it's also possible that the deceased didn't give
her real name to the doctor or whoever did the abortion, or gave no name
at all and the death was reported as something like 'Unknown white female.'
Without a death certificate, a funeral home can't legally transport or
even accept a body. Neither would a legitimate cemetery bury somebody
without the paperwork being in order - the only things that could have
happened are analogous to burying somebody in a backyard or on the
side of the road. It's much more likely that the burial was in a
cemetery, and the paperwork is somewhere, and hopefully with a name
that's at least similar to the real one.
New York, N.Y.
Martha Lev-Zion <martha@...>
I had a very strange thing happen regarding a death certificate which
stated that the death was >from abortion. Some very young woman tried to
abort her 7th child and died in the process. What was bizarre was that
the name of her mother, who was listed as the informant, was given as
HIMMELHOCH. Him[m]elhoch is a one family name and I know of every single
person living or dead who has/had that name. I could not understand who
this woman was. Also, the deceased was to be buried in a Christian
cemetery, which in no way matched the Himmelhoch family background at
the time. After a great deal of research, with the help of David and his
mother (whom I have not seen on Jewishgen in eons), we were able to
establish that the name was incorrect. Where on earth did they come up
with this name? Perhaps Mrs. Himmelhoch was visiting the department and
the recording details got mixed up. Who knows? The thing to remember is
that the least accurate of all resources is the death certificate. It is
recorded at a time of extreme anxiety and sadness where people's
emotions are at their highest, and their acuity is at its lowest.
Ira Leviton <iraleviton@...> wrote:
"...However, because of the circumstances, it's also possible that the
deceased didn't give her real name to the doctor or whoever did the abortion,
or gave no name at all and the death was reported as something like
'Unknown white female.'... presumably burial was in a cemetery, and
the paperwork is somewhere, and hopefully with a name that's at least
similar to the real one."
To add perspective to Ira Leviton's posting, just yesterday I read an
article in the NY Times about a young Canadian actor who had died in obscurity,
This poor young soul, who died at only 35, was not recognized by the police
or the coroner at the boarding house where he was found on Nov. 25, 2007 and
so was buried the following March in a municipal cemetery.
His family only found out about his death recently.
So, this fellow's Death Certificate will never have his name unless the
family wants to pay a great deal of money to have it revised.
Shellie Wiener San Francisco, CA
People sometimes just took names they liked.
A neighbor told me that her husbands Grandmother was the maid in a Jewish house and
got pregnant had to leave and took the name of the family with her.
I looked in the phone book needing a lawyer and found one with my maiden name
which was Ebenstein. She told me that her grandfather had lived with a family
in Europe and adopted the name.
I remember that my Father told me that the family always had a boarder.