|I have enjoyed visiting your site and see that you are very helpful with people that have questions relating to funerals. I hope you might be able to help me. My grandfather died before I was born and when my mother was only 3 years old. She does not know where exactly he is buried in Kansas. I have spoken in person with the funeral home that took care of my grandmother. They had no record of my grandfather being taken care of by them. I have narrowed my search down to two funeral homes in Kansas that may have handled the funeral arrangements. Since my grandfather had passed away in 1940-1941 and I am a grandson I am not sure what questions or information I need to give the funeral home to find out about him. Also if there is any legal papers I need to get them to show or release the records to me since I am not direct next of kin. If you have any good advice on this matter you could give me. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you. BTW, your site is very informative.|
|First, try the easy way. Contact this office and request a certified copy of the death certificate. It's $10.00 and when I contacted the office a nice lady named Nancy said it would take a while since they will have to search the entire state record base for those two years. She suggested you go to the walk up window at the Topeka office since you will need to show one form of ID to show your relationship.
Office of Vital Statistics Kansas Dept of Health & Environment 900 SW Jackson, Room 151 Topeka, KS 66612
Their automated phone system attempts to walk you through at (785) 296-1400 but you can interrupt and hit "0" to get a live person.
Then, there's the other choice:
Since you have narrowed the search to the two funeral homes you think might have handled the arrangements, I would suggest you contact ONE of them and request their help. Most funeral directors are very willing to search old records, call former employers, employees and owners to try and help locate this kind of information. (We even call our competitor and have them check their records if we can't find information. I don't know what they'll do in Kansas.)
Be prepared to give as much information as possible; full complete name, birthdate, wife's name, etc. You will want to advise them of exactly who you are, your mother's name (since she would be listed as a survivor on their records) your address and phone number. I can't imagine they would want any "legal" papers just to locate this information and burial location. Finally, you indicate that you are not "direct next of kin". This is not exactly correct. You are directly in the line of consanguinity, that is, you are a child of his child and, therefore, I believe, entitled to this information.
I would try Vital Records first since they can check the entire system and you could save a lot of time. Hope this helps........Hey, let me know hot it goes. The lady seemed very nice. Incidentally, Kansas IS a privacy state so just anyone can't go fishing for info. I think this is great since many states do not protect this information which encourages fraud.
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