On Tue, 17 Dec 1996, Nancy Shultis wrote:
> I have recently started to research my husbands side and have very
> little information. We do however have his grandmothers name and date of
> death, so I thought I'd send a way for her death certicate to the DOH in
> Albany and I got back a letter stating according to Administrative Rule
> 35.5 No information shall be released from a record of death unless the
> record has been on file for at least 50 yrs. Before that you must be a
> direct descendant--Ex. Mother, Father and Grandparents and great
> grandparents only. The processing time is 6 mths for genealogy requests.
> Then they will issue a "no record" report or an uncertified genealogical
> copy of a birth, death or marriage record.
> I have dealt with other states and never have been questioned if the
> person I'm researching is a direct descendant!!
> Does this seem to be common or is it just a NY thing? I think 6 mths is
> a long time too. Any comments or suggestions? Nancy