I'm in the midst of researching a person who was born in 1892 and died in 1969 in California. The subject has no living heirs.
I've requested documents from the California Department of Consumers Affairs regarding a license held by this individual when they were alive.
The state has returned many valuable documents but much of the useful info has been redacted. For example, the individuals employer names and the individuals work/home addresses have been redacted.
The state is citing California Civil Code sections 1798.1 and 1798.3 as to why the information may not be released.
I've read the code and it defined the protected individual as a "natural person" - but I'm unable to determine if a deceased person is still considered a natural person.
In short, is there any legal argument for requesting that the information, which is nearing 100 years old, should be released?