Re: Research questions re medical records
- --- In email@example.com, "thenomad"
> I go about getting his medical records/death certificate, etc.Am I
> legally allowed to access this information?I doub the hospital would still have the medical records, even if
you could get them. But you can get the death certificate by
looking your grandfather up in the Social Security Death Index.
Link to the index:
Assuming he's there, you write away for his original Soc. Sec.
application form. The form could tell you his birthdate, his
birthplace and the name of his parents.
You might find out where he died (so that you can write to local
authorities for his death certificate) from the SSDI database
itself. But my experience is that the SSDI records where a
beneficiary last received benefits, not necessarily where the
beneficiary really lived. So, you might not get the right death
Also: if your grandfather died before collecting Soc Sec benefits
or was never part of the system, he might not show up in the