Reclaim the Records Launches its Biggest Genealogy-Related Lawsuit Ever

Reclaim The Records seeks the first-ever public access to 1.6 million death certificates for New Yorkers who died between 1949-1968 and asks court to overturn recently-enacted restrictions on access.

You can read the full announcement at:


Good for them. 50 years should be plenty of time to keep the PUBLIC records from the PUBLIC!!!


If the Government was truly concerned about the possibility of identity theft it would eliminate all restrictions on Death Certificates. Every jurisdiction should have databases that provide digital images of every death certificate the instant it is filed. That way every person tries to obtain anything by claiming to be the deceased would be caught within minutes of filing an application for welfare, etc etc the person who processed the application would have at the top of the list of protocols verifying that the person was not deceased.


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