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Old 04-25-2016, 08:17 PM
 
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Almost anyone can get a copy of death certificate. Go online and Google say "Hawaii death certificates" and see what comes up. You'll get links to follow. It may take a try or two to find the right state agency. The only state I've encountered that won't give them out to anyone but family is New Jersey. I do genealogy and most states will give you a copy of a death certificate, no questions asked, if you pay the correct fee (usually around $50). Some ask if it's for genealogy, so just say yes.
Can I just call the coroner ask ask the cause of death?
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:21 PM
 
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Can I just call the coroner ask ask the cause of death?
Why not call the Coroner and ask them but I don't understand why you would want or need to know the official cause of death of someone who is not your family. That is somewhat macabre.
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:32 PM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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Many are online but I am not sure how soon. Marcy1210?
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I was only allowed to get my son's death certificate because I am his mother. I was disappointed that it only said natural causes as opposed to heart attack, diabetic crisis, etc. But I do accept the diagnosis as he had heart problems.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Can I just call the coroner ask ask the cause of death?
That seems like the least likely way to get the information. Why would they want to drop what they're doing, look up the document, find the cause of death, and read it to some stranger?


In my experience government offices are more attuned to producing copies upon proper request than to giving out information over the phone.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:51 AM
 
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Do not like the idea that anyone can get a death certificate it should be family only and they should ask for proof before sending certificate out.
It seems to be that the facts of our births and deaths are essentially public information. However, from doing genealogy the rules about how to get copies vary from state to state.
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:37 AM
 
Location: 900 miles from my home in 80814
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Can I just call the coroner ask ask the cause of death?
I doubt it. I don't think they would give out that information over the phone. You need to fill out an application online or at the proper Health and Human Services office to receive a copy of the Death Certificate, and pay a fee for it. You can pay more and get a Certified Copy, but I don't know why anyone would unless they're the widow/er or Executor of the estate. When I get a Death Certificate, I have to show I'm a member of the family (mother, father, daughter, son, aunt, uncle, cousin, in-law, step-whatever, something related to the family).... or .....I need it for genealogy. They won't give out Certified Copies unless you have Letters Testamentary for the deceased.

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Old 04-28-2016, 01:44 AM
 
Location: 900 miles from my home in 80814
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Many are online but I am not sure how soon. Marcy1210?
Usually they're available six to eight weeks after the death. Same with the information on the Social Security Death Index.
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Old 04-28-2016, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Can I just call the coroner ask ask the cause of death?
I had to prove I was his mother before the coroner would give me any information.
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Old 04-29-2016, 02:05 PM
 
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Can I just call the coroner ask ask the cause of death?
Why are you being so cryptic? What's the problem? Do you suspect foul play or are you just being nosey?

What do you think they're going to tell you, you're not a relative, can you call a doctor's office and ask personal information about a patient?
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