Reclaim The Records Wins Again! New York State Department of Health Index to Marriages to Become Available to the Public.

The following is a short extract from the Reclaim the Records web site:

GENEALOGISTS WIN IN COURT!

Index to millions of New York marriage records reclaimed!

Non-profit organization Reclaim The Records wins our fourth Freedom of Information lawsuit, this time for the 1966-2017 New York State marriage index

Greetings from Reclaim The Records! We’re that scrappy little activist group of genealogists, historians, journalists, and open government advocates, fighting for better public access to government-held genealogical and historical documents. And today, we’re pleased to inform you that we just won our fourth lawsuit! We fought the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) for the index to marriages performed in the state of New York post-1965, and after seven months, a judge has now ruled in our favor.

This means that the basic index to millions of marriages in New York State will become available to the public. They’ll go online for free public use, without any paywalls or subscriptions or usage agreements. That’s because we at Reclaim The Records never charge anyone for records access; instead, we work to bring public data back to the public.

You can read the full story by Brooke Schreier Ganz at: http://bit.ly/2TCa1mF.

4 Comments

Barbara Curtindale March 27, 2019 at 10:55 am

Congrats for a job well done. Keep up the good work. Thanks to you Dick for reporting this.

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Great news. However, upon viewing the website it often says “Available Online” but doesn’t say where. Do you know of a way to find them. In particular looking for anything New York (not city).
Thanks, Fran

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    —> However, upon viewing the website it often says “Available Online” but doesn’t say where. Do you know of a way to find them.

    The above article says, “They’ll go online for free public use, without any paywalls or subscriptions or usage agreements.” I interpret the phrase of “They’ll go online..” as “They WILL go online…” They are not yet available online.

    Also, the above article states: “You can read the full story by Brooke Schreier Ganz at: http://bit.ly/2TCa1mF .”

    If you go to http://bit.ly/2TCa1mF you can read more details:

    “It will probably take us another month or two to receive the marriage index files. We haven’t been given an exact breakdown of their format yet, but it will likely be scanned images of a computer print-out for most of the early years, but there may be an actual text database or spreadsheet file for the more recent years, possibly post-1980’s. Any piece of data that is considered “too private” will be redacted first by the state, such as Social Security numbers. But other fields of genealogical importance may be left in, including the names of the towns of residence of the spouses. We probably won’t know all the details until we actually get the files delivered to us.

    “And once we do get the files, they will go online at the Internet Archive [at https://archive.org ], free for use or download. And they’ll get shared and re-posted to all the major genealogy websites we all know and use, and any images will eventually get transcribed and turned into text-searchable data, although that may take some time.”

    In short, I wouldn’t look for those records to appear online for several more months as there are many man hours that need to be expended first.

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    Thanks for the reply. I was referring to those already online. I have found some of them. but can’t seem to find a page of online listings index. May be just old age. lol

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