NYFingerLakes-L ArchivesArchiver > NYFingerLakes > 2002-08 > 1030768559
Subject: Re: [NYFL] question about records
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 21:35:59 -0700
I havn't been to New York yet or written for New York Records.
But I have written to many County Clerks in many different states.
I was actually told by the County Clerk Recorder of Greene County, Illinois
that she couldn't locate an Ancestor's marriage license for me and that it
might be because their records were open to the public at one time in the
past. I have no reason to doubt her.
I believe our County and State records for Genealogical research should be
available by request, but secure and kept in trust for following generations.
Just my two cents,
Ben Lomond, CA
Just my 2 cents worth,
On 29 Aug 2002, at 21:45, MScheffler wrote:
> For as long as I have been researching genealogy (about 7 years)
> NYS vital records, no matter how old, have not been available for
> perusal by the user. One has been required to pay the clerk, who does
> the search herself, $11 for each search whether or not the record can
> be found. I believe they will search something like 3 to 5 years for
> the one $11 fee. It is my understanding that this has been true for
> a number of years on both the state and local level.
> If town clerks have been letting researchers look at the actual
> books, then I am sure they have not been following the rules. So I
> guess, those of you who have had the chance to see the actual record
> books, consider yourselves lucky, as the records have not been
> available to most of us.
> Margaret Scheffler