JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Ret: Finding a Death Certificate online #general

Ira Leviton

Dear Cousins,

Rashi Rosenzweig asked about finding his grandmother's death certificate
on line. At the time she died in 1964, she was a resident of New York

I reply: assuming she also died in New York City, her death certificate
is simply not available on line, and currently, even the indices to death
certificates for New York City are not on line. All New York City death
certificates and indices >from 1949 onward are only at the N.Y.C.
Department of Health, and not available on line, on microfilm, or
anywhere else. They have to be requested >from the Department of Health,
although that can be done via the Internet (do a search for NYC Department
of Health and death certificates to find the application). I've been told
that if the certificate is >from more than 50 years ago, i.e., >from 1966 or
earlier, in accordance with New York State law the Department of Health is
a bit easier about releasing them, but if they're less than 50 years old,
you have to prove your direct relationship to the deceased. There's no
other way to get them.

If she died outside the city limits but elsewhere in New York state, it
has to be requested >from the New York *State* Department of Health. There
is an on line index to death certificates >from 1957 to 1967 at
[or --Mod.]
(click on "view data"), but Rashi's grandmother is not on it.


Ira Leviton
New York, N.Y.

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