Public comments for: Proposed Amendment to General Vital Statistics Provisions (Article 207 of the NYC Health Code) regarding Birth and Death Records

Comments

Comment:
For many of us New Yorkers who have family that have lived in this area for decades or even hundreds of years...these records are VITAL for us. WHY ARE YOU MAKING IT SO DIFFICULT???? Stop trying to make it the record inaccessible to citizens and genealogists. They are a vital part of research and should be made accessible to the public, NOT restricted like this proposed Ammendment.
Agency: DOHMH
Comment:
It doesn't appear that DORIS has any clear empirical evidence that a more open vital records policy actually leads to an increase in identity theft or other abuses of people's private information. Declaring what is good for the public by fiat, without clear data on the likely effects of policy changes, is usually a terrible way for governments to make policy. Additionally, I note that the people who are the subject of death records are...dead. As such, they have no privacy rights to violate. In addition to the ample points others have made about the public's interest in keeping death records widely available, I see no reason to believe that there are a meaningful number of people out there who think that their interests are being served by having their death records kept secret for 5-10 years after their death, let alone 75 years.
Agency: DOHMH
Comment:
As a genealogist I am opposed to this rule proposal. More realistic timing should be considered.
Agency: DOHMH
Comment:
Please do not change the existing rules for accessing birth and death records. As a genealogist with ancestry in New York, access to these records is important. At a minimum, the death records should be made available after 50 years.
Agency: DOHMH
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I disagree with the proposed records restrictions. They are unnecessary.
Agency: DOHMH
Comment:
I am an adult adoptee with no access to my vital records otherwise knows as an Original Birth Certificate. I have had difficulty renewing my passport and I have been denied my civil rights of knowing my heritage and genetic lineage. I have spent thousands of dollars and have been able to find my birth mother who unfortunately had passed away before I found her. I know everything that is on my OBC but at the age of 49 still do not have access to it. Other then those in the witness protection system adoptees are the only ones in NYS that have their identity locked away from them causing major issues wit the Federal Government especially when it comes to getting our passports renewed. The idea of privacy for the birth mother and/or father is moot with DNA testing. I used the DNA test from Ancestry and found my 1/2 sister and plenty of cousins. So even though my father is not listed on my OBC according to my non-id all of his 2nd and 3rd cousins know I am looking for him. So this idea of privacy is fundamentally flawed. Adoptees really do require access to their OBC.
Agency: DOHMH
Comment:
I have reviewed many of the previous comments and rather than reiterate all that has been said before, I will say that I agree complete with the comments of Kathleen Naylor. Her eloquent comments regarding how vital these records are to family member, geneologists, etc. are right on target. My family members all came to this country through New York, some stayed and continued raising families there, others moved on to other areas. The NY records are invaluable to those of us without family members left to question and the time limits you are considering to impose will make it much more difficult for those of us trying to find out how we got where we are.
Agency: DOHMH
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My Dad and His Mother have passed away over 10 years ago and Knowing the bilogicall dad of my dad would maybe help explain the health problem that have been experience by myself, brother, granddauughter and neices and nephews. My Dads birth was reissued in 1937 but no knowledge of the Father. Need the original to find out nationality of biological father of my dad. Please do not hinder my search with this new program Thank you William
Agency: DOHMH
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All my family came from New York back in the mid 1800- mid 1900. It’s very hard to search NY for records of any kind. This new restriction would be very hard to get any kind of family information. Please reconsider this move.
Agency: DOHMH
Comment:
I object to the changing of the time limits. Pls do not make access to records to genealogists more difficult.
Agency: DOHMH

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