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

Comments

Comment:
The proposed new rules are definitely a step in the right direction. However, for those in need of information to verify issues of inheritance and family medical history, the relationship should extend to first cousins and their direct descendants and ancestors, as well. In addition, there should be a provision, similar to a power of attorney, for a qualified person to allow an attorney or genealogist representing them, to acquire birth and death certificates, either for family medical history, or to prove relationships for purposes of estate inheritance or for proving descent for genealogical purposes. In order to qualify for membership in various descendency organizations (such as Sons of the American Revolution, DAR, etc.), or to apply for dual citizenship in many countries, based on a direct ancestral relationship to that country, obtaining birth and death records are vital. There is no reason to prohibit access when it is needed for these purposes. The numbers of people requesting these records under these suggestions should not be onerous, provided the original records, themselves, are properly stored and filed.
Agency: DOHMH
Comment:
I think that this proposed change would be a significant improvement, although not perfect, to the newly adopted rules. I have a number of aunts, uncles, great aunts and great uncles that have been deceased for decades and some were born over 100 years ago and I still cannot get their birth/death certificates. So I welcome this change. Thank you.
Agency: DOHMH

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