To take Roger Lustig's response to Irene Galvin's question about the
availability of New York City birth certificates a little further,
I don't think that the N.Y.C. Department of Health will be sending anything
to the Municipal Archives even in a few years. (I wrote a letter to the
Department of Health last year about this, and received a discouraging
answer >from the City Registrar.) They haven't yet transferred the birth
certificates for 1910, 1911, or 1912 even though those are over 100 years
old, and their rules for release of those are the same as for a birth
certificate issued last week - they'll send it to the individual named on
the birth certificate, their parent (with proof of identity), or to a
lawyer (with proof of need).
The last transfer of New York City birth certificates to the Municipal Archives,
which included those through 1909, was done when the release of birth
certificates 75 years or more was permitted, and at a time when paranoia
wasn't responsible for decision-making.
New York, N.Y.