New rules for requesting New York City birth and death certificates

Beginning January 1, 2019, there will be new embargo dates in effect for requesting birth and death certificates from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene located in Manhattan. The embargo dates are 125 years after birth and 75 years after death.

A new rule will also go into effect on January 1, 2019 that expands those who can access a death record to: great-great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, grandnephews, and grandnieces. The existing regulation already permits: the spouse, domestic partner, parent, child, sibling, grandparent or grandchild.

The rule also expands those family members who can access birth records of a deceased individual to: spouses, domestic partners, parents of children over the age of 18, children, siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, grandchildren, great grandchildren, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

This new rule does not effect New York City marriage records because they are under the jurisdiction of the City Clerk’s Office.

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More NY State records added to death index website

New additions for New York State have been made to the website Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records.

Allegany County Historical Genealogy Indexes (includes cemetery burials and obituaries)
Cattaraugus County: Olean Public Library Obituary Database (for the 1980s and 1990s; not complete)
Herkimer County: Herkimer Evening Telegram Obituary Index
Niagara County: Lockport Union Sun and Journal Obituary Index, 1900-1903 and 2007-2011
Ontario County: Woodlawn Cemetery Burials (Canandaigua, New York)
Oswego County: Town of Granby Cemeteries
Rensselaer County: Town of Nassau Cemeteries
Rensselaer County: Stephentown Cemeteries Name Index

To see all the listings, go to: