Re: Hit a roadblock finding death certificate for NYC: names, certificate number, but no death year #belarus #usa #general


Marshall Lerner
 

Rafael,

I was a member of the team under of the leadership of John Martino of the Italian Genealogy Group that created the index which is used to find deaths, births, marriages, etc. at the NYC Archives. For the most part John's team worked from photocopies of microfilm images of varying quality over the course of many years.We did the best we could to interpret those source documents but team members were frequently required to make educated guesses about the spelling of names, certificate numbers, etc.from records that were barely legible. As a result I would subjectivity rate the accuracy of the index at 70-85% depending on the year. Please bear those limitations in mind when pursuing your research.

Marshall

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