Wednesday, July 12, 2006

NYT: Access to NYC Vital Records

Alex Mindlin does a nice job of capturing our collective anguish about vital records access in a short piece for the New York Times called Genealogists' Lament: Yesteryear Is Gone. As Mindlin reports, "In most cities, birth certificates become accessible to the public after 75 years. But in New York, the last certificates turned over to the Municipal Archives by the Department of Health are now 97 years old, and that transfer took place more than a decade ago."

Frustrating. I know from trying to get certificate for my Army cases. Well known genealogists Gary Mokotoff, Jordan Auslander and Patricia Law Hatcher are all quoted. And I feel Gary's pain.


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