Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Proposed Restrictions on Access to New York City’s Birth and Death Records

I have been reading in different places how New York wants to change how many years to access information. As it is, in my opinion, New York is one of the hardest states to get anything out of. I have actually told people I get the same result sometimes when I slam my head against the wall - a headache.

Now they want to make it even harder for no reason at all.

If you do any research whatsoever in New York, state or city, you should make your voice heard. How? Well as both Dick Eastman  (EOGN) and D. Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society have given us the information and different ways to make our voices heard.

This is a copy from Dick Eastman's blog:

The following was written by D. Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:
Dear Friends,
As promised, the NYG&B has launched a landing page outlining steps everyone can take in making our voices heard regarding the proposed restrictions on access to New York City’s birth and death records.
The page can be found at: and allows visitors to do the following:
  • Download and sign a sample comment letter that can be mailed directly to the Department of Health.
  • Add their own name to the NYG&B’s comment letter.
  • RSVP to attend the hearing alongside fellow members of the NYG&B community.
  • Share the information (via email) with others.
Thus far we have had a very positive response from the community. Please feel free to share this information with your leadership, members, and others who might be interested. We also stand ready to assist your organization as needed in preparing their own comments.
Genealogists in New York and around the world, like me, need to make sure this does NOT happen. NY is one of the hardest states to get information from. Please use your voice to help others, like me, out. 
I have filled out the form and have done my bit. Will you?