JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Reclaim The Records wins lawsuit for the New York State marriage index, 1965-2017 #general
Got any family research in New York?
The non-profit organization Reclaim The Records is ecstatic to announce that we've
just won our fourth Freedom of Information lawsuit! This one was filed against
the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) in the Supreme Court of New York,
Albany county. We were asking for, and won, a copy of the New York State marriage
index for 1966-2017.
We had previously received several decades of material (1881-1965)>from this same
index, in an earlier successful Freedom of Information request, which we
announced late last year. But the NYS DOH withheld the later years of the index
without any reasonable legal basis...so we sued them.
With very limited exceptions, this index does not cover marriages that took place
in New York City, which is considered as a separate vital records jurisdiction from
the rest of the state -- but we also won those NYC records in some of our earlier
lawsuits and they've been online for years.
You can read more details about this lawsuit in our latest newsletter issue:
You can also read more about this case on our website, where we have
also posted copies of all our requests, denials, and appeals:
And here is the actual judgment >from the New York Supreme Court, which
walks through the legal issues in the case step-by-step:
As always, once we receive the records >from the state, we will post
all of them online for free public use, without any logins or paywalls
or subscriptions. Public records belong to the public!
Reclaim The Records currently has several other lawsuits in progress around the
county, at the state and federal level. And we're launching more soon...
Brooke Schreier Ganz
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records
Mill Valley, California