(US-NYC) The NY City Department of Health Requires NY Public Library to Remove Birth and Death Indexes #general


Jan Meisels Allen
 

The New York City Department of Health has required the New York Public
Library to remove the post-1909 NYC birth indexes and the post-1948 death
indexes >from the library. The indexes were on deposit >from the Board of
Health and been removed >from their collections and returned to the city in
accordance with the City's Health Code. The removal occurred today, April
26, 2016.

According to Assistant Director of the NY Public Library, Maps, Local
History and Genealogy Division, they are cleaning up their catalog records
and processing the remaining collections so the entire series is out of
service for the next week or so. I did not find any message on the Irma and
Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
website: http://www.nypl.org/locations/divisions/milstein . However, the
listing of vital records at the NY Public Library no longer lists the post
1909 NYC birth indexes nor the post 1948 death indexes:
http://www.nypl.org/about/divisions/milstein/vital-records. Again these were
indexes not the actual records - only the indexes were available at the NY
Public Library.

The reason for this action by the NY Department of Health now, as these
records have been at the NY Public Library for many years is not
known-although there are several different theories in the rumor mill. Until
we have actual knowledge as to the true reason the Department of Health has
pulled the records now, we are not posting any reason for this. As more
information is made available, it will be posted to the IAJGS Records Access
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

MODERATOR Note: Since there are still quite a few unknowns, this post is for
information only and is not intended to be the start of a discussion
thread.

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