NYC proposing to restrict vital records access

Help ensure access to New York City vital records. Make your voice heard before the October 24 (5 pm ET) deadline.

The New York City Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene is proposing a new rule that would affect when birth and death records are made available to the public and transferred to the Dept of Records and Information Services. If enacted, family history researchers everywhere would be negatively impacted:

  • Birth records would be locked up for 125 years
  • Death records would not be accessible for 75 years

There are several ways to make your voice heard. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&BS has made it easy for us to respond. They prepared a well-reasoned, official public comment, which can be signed online.

Read the letter and take action here:

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