I believe a particular gentleman was born in 1921, and died probably in California between 1970 to 1975, but was buried in Wilkes County, Georgia where he was born.
He had been a merchant seaman at one time.
How could I confirm his death details?
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Regarding whether or not the name should have been allowed to be seen, the federal government limits census records going back for 72 years. For example, my husband, who was born in 1937, is shown on the last publicly-released census of 1940. That census was released in 2012. The next census to be released will be the 1950 census in 2022. My point is that someone born in 1921 would already be showing up in many places, i.e.: census records, California Death Index, Social Security Death Index, public records, and searchable newspaper indexes.
I would suggest the the name be searched for in the California Death Index (which extends to approximately 1996 or so, and should verify county of death) and also in the Social Security Death Index, which should provide his last place of residence. Once that is established, it would allow the requestor to contact the county, and order a copy of the death certificate, which would provide how the gentleman died. Sometimes, however, the death certificate will only be released to a lineal descendant.