If your relative died under suspicious circumstances, there may have been an inquest into their death. These records, in the United States, typically start in the late 19th century, but there are exceptions. Generally they are local (city or county) records and they may or may not be available online. Testimony of witnesses and doctors may be included. That testimony may give additional insight not only into the death, but also the life, of your relative.

Henry Goldenstein’s 1921 death in Kansas City, Missouri, was actually investigated by a coroner in Adams County, Illinois.



2 Responses

  1. Thank you, I have a Coroners Verdict in rural Michigan in the early 1870s that I have been unable to locate.
    Do you have a theory of why the Adams Co. Coroner, over 260 miles away, investigated this death?

    • The body was taken back to Adams County, Illinois, for burial (it’s where the deceased was from). When the body arrived, the family initiated an inquiry into his death.

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