Public comments for: Proposed amendment to General Vital Statistics Provisions (Article 207 of the NYC Health Code)

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These records are more than just documents, they are a tangible piece of history that in many cases ties us to relatives some of which we never met before. For myself being able to obtain vital records for my family has become very important due to my application for dual citizenship. The current law goes well beyond what other jurisdictions require for the same type of information, and frankly as a taxpayer is unacceptable. The proposed amendment is a step in the right direction, however the city has more to do to allow families to access key documents.
Agency: DOHMH
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In addition to family history, genealogical information is also required to learn family medical history. Often times families are fractured and without expansion of family members able to obtain death certificates it will be impossible for many people to correctly evaluate their risk of certain diseases and to make informed health care decisions.
Agency: DOHMH
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The people who will have access to birth and death records should also include step family members. There is a problem with limiting research to relatives who need the documentation to prove their relationship. I
Agency: DOHMH
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Why is the privacy of deceased persons so very important? Like HIPPA, this proposed rule goes too far. If you insist on promulgating this rule please include a way around it that is not too onerous. For example, genealogical and historical societies should be exempt and have an easy way to request birth and death records.
Agency: DOHMH
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The burden of maintaining and purchasing an epic pen places the responsibility on the School rather than the family. We indirectly become the funders for a prescription medication which has an expiration date and squarely place us "playing" the role of pharmacy instead of instruction and guidance. What next? Are we going to be asked to keep a series of drugs at our disposal to advert future illnesses? Since when does the role of the childcare facility change to become the pharmacy for all? Where does individualize planning and attention come in? This is a partnership with the parent. A moment where programs who find themselves with a child that is in need of an epic pen work with the families and provide the necessary support and guidance. We all know that failure to use a car seat, results in a series of fatalities. Are we going to have to purchase a car seat for every parent because that is what the statistic shows? Instead, the proposal should consider ways that families can be furthered strengthen and cost mitigated to enable the access of an epic pen at a reasonable cost. On the matter of a toothbrush, we all need to think through the time the child spends at the program. Not all proposals need to become a mandate. Some need the time to be assimilated into our society.
Agency: DOHMH
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I have been researching my family in New York City for over 25 years and have used birth and death records to solve many brick walls in my family tree. Extending the waiting periods for these records will prevent researchers from obtaining information that is available from the rest of the state in 75 for birth records or 50 years for death records. The proposed amendment would be of some help but would not solve the problem of the extended waiting periods. I agree with others posting comments that birth and death records could be marked as an unofficial copy - with the stamp For Genealogical Purposes Only. This is used in other states and I feel this should be used for genealogy purposes in New York City.
Agency: DOHMH
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I am a child of divorced parents. My father and his family had no contact with me or any of my siblings from the time we were little children. I would like to access family health information contained on my grandparents and great grandparents death certificates. I cannot access them without proof that I am a child of my father. I need his birth record listing their names so that I can prove my relationship to them and obtain their death certificates. If there are no modifications to the current rule I will not be able to do so. The rule changes and time periods are too restrictive and I would not be able to show proof of my lineage. I would be long dead before I could access them publicly.
Agency: DOHMH
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As so many have commented, having access to records for NYC available for genealogical purposes is convenient and a "requirement" for those of us still struggling with details of our families. While I have found many records available, i still have a long way to go to complete the process of identifying several births and marriages from the mid 1800's.I can't imagine a worse plan to thwart people in their search for family history. PLEASE do all that you can to insure that our records stay open and accessible, so that families can savor the connections to the past that this resource brings to us all.
Agency: DOHMH
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While I understand the City's need to ensure the safety of its records, in so doing it should not cripple the availability of said records to those endeavouring to explore their family's genealogy or to further learn about their family's medical history. So far I have been fortunate to be a direct descendant but as I spread out looking for relatives who married into my family or other family members who are not direct descendants I should have options to obtain these records too. As I noted someone earlier suggested perhaps a stamp across the non-direct family could have a large stamp stating for genealogy purposes only. I appreciate the fact that I have been able to obtain so much information about my family from the NYC records. I have both confirmed old family stories and learned many new things, such as specific medical issues seem to run in the family. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to comment.
Agency: DOHMH
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have been researching my family for about 20yrs & still have a few roadblocks which could be solved by access to birth & death records.......extending the time frame only worsened this problem.....the proposed amendment would possibly help, but even better would be a special category for researchers & family history buffs like the state of ny has - simply mark the document as an unofficial copy - for research purposes.
Agency: DOHMH

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