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From: "Gary Welch" <>
Subject: RE: [NYFL] question about records
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 09:48:13 -0400
I think that it's mostly that the rules weren't being enforced before. Here
are the rules off the back of the form that the NY State Department of
Health used to use for ordering vital records:
2. Who is authorized to do the searching?
Record searches shall be conducted only by the following persons in the
files maintained by their
a. authorized employees of the State Department of Health;
b. a local registrar, deputy registrar, or an authorized employee of the
c. a town or city clerk, deputy clerk, or an authorized employee of the town
or city clerk.
The rules are primarily designed to ensure the integrity of the records so
they won't get lost, stolen, or altered.
I don't think that the part about covering up the cause of death is correct.
The NYDOH certainly doesn't have anything on the site saying that anything
but the whole certificate will be supplied.
From: Linda Mc [mailto:]
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2002 2:20 PM
Subject: [NYFL] question about records
I recently had a family member stop in at the Steuben
Clerk's office in Oneida county to check some records.
She was told that she could not look at them since
the clerk was not there. And that she probably could
not look at them at all, if the clerk was there. The
secretary told her that they had recently been to a
seminar where they were told that they were NOT to let
people just look at records. They were to only
display parts of them, and on death records, to white
out the cause of death. She was told that if they let
someone look at records, the clerk had to stand over
and be prepared to cover parts of the record.
Evidently, at this seminar, they were told that
records were going to become more closed.
Does anyone know anything about this, and what can be
done? I'm concerned that many records are going to
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