Here is another attempt to lock up records for many year, records that legally are in the public domain. The following announcement was written by the New York City Department of Health:
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is proposing a schedule of when the Board of Health can make birth and death records available and transfer then to the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS). The Municipal Archives is within DORIS. The proposal is to place embargo periods for birth records for 125 years from date of birth and 75 years from date of death. This is similar to the 2011 Model Vital Records Act which imposes a 125 year embargo on birth records, 75 years for death, and 100 years for marriage records. The proposal is also asking for input for a 50 year vs 75 year embargo for death for those involved with family history. In New York City marriage records are under the City Clerk’s Office, not the Department of Health, and therefore marriage records are not included in this New York City Department of Health proposal.
Records currently at DORIS (birth records up to 1909 and death records to 1949) are not affected by the proposed rule.
A hearing is scheduled for October 24, 2017
The attached notice [at http://bit.ly/2xud1uc] has the address of the hearing and or US Postal address to send written statements.
As 50 percent of all immigrants came through Ellis Island when it was open, most people have an interest in New York City