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Re: Finding Vital Records in the United States #general

Mark Jacobson
 

The best place to start for information on all US states is the US
Center for Disease Control website: Where to Write for Vital Records
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm . It is an alphabetical list of states
with information on available records for each state, where to get the
records and how much they cost.

Mark Jacobson
President, JGSPBCI
Boca Raton, FL


DOGULOV/DOVGALEVSKY - Belaya Tserkov/Kiev Ukraine;
COHEN/KANA/KAHAN - Tripolye, Ukraine;
JACOBSON - Polotsk/Lepel, Belarus; KOBLENTZ - Polotsk, Belarus;
KAMERMAN/KAMMERMANN, WEGNER - Drohobycz, Galicia;
KOPPEL - Stebnik/Drohobycz, Galicia;
JACOBI - Stratyn/Rohatyn, Galicia; ROTHLEIN - Stratyn/Rohatyn, Galicia;
TUCHFELD - Rzeszow/Stryj/Lvov, Galicia; GOLDSTEIN - Ranizow, Galicia


snip.....
There have been a number of postings in this forum and some of the SIG
Discussion Groups recently regarding finding birth, marriage, and death
records in various states. The easiest way to find out who to contact
and/or where to go to find records is via a Google search.
snip.............


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Finding Vital Records in the United States #general

Mark Jacobson
 

The best place to start for information on all US states is the US
Center for Disease Control website: Where to Write for Vital Records
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm . It is an alphabetical list of states
with information on available records for each state, where to get the
records and how much they cost.

Mark Jacobson
President, JGSPBCI
Boca Raton, FL


DOGULOV/DOVGALEVSKY - Belaya Tserkov/Kiev Ukraine;
COHEN/KANA/KAHAN - Tripolye, Ukraine;
JACOBSON - Polotsk/Lepel, Belarus; KOBLENTZ - Polotsk, Belarus;
KAMERMAN/KAMMERMANN, WEGNER - Drohobycz, Galicia;
KOPPEL - Stebnik/Drohobycz, Galicia;
JACOBI - Stratyn/Rohatyn, Galicia; ROTHLEIN - Stratyn/Rohatyn, Galicia;
TUCHFELD - Rzeszow/Stryj/Lvov, Galicia; GOLDSTEIN - Ranizow, Galicia


snip.....
There have been a number of postings in this forum and some of the SIG
Discussion Groups recently regarding finding birth, marriage, and death
records in various states. The easiest way to find out who to contact
and/or where to go to find records is via a Google search.
snip.............


Bolechow Cadastral Map 1850/1878 - Gesher Galicia Map room #general

Pamela Weisberger
 

Announcing the latest addition to the Gesher Galicia Map Room:

The Bolechow Cadastral Map 1850/1878

Direct link to the map:
http://maps.geshergalicia.org/cadastral/bolechow-bolekhiv-1878/

This is a black-and-white cadastral map of Bolechow (Bolekhiv) survey
edition (Feldskizzen) of 1850, reambulation of 1878, which includes
the communities of Bolechow Ruski, Dolszka, and Salamonowa Gora.

There are only 12 of original 18 sheets, which cover all of the
densely-populated town areas. This update includes extensive redline
and black pencil revisions to property boundaries, houses, and
property numbering, with many property owners' names. The town center
includes a church and a likely synagogue, a Jewish community building,
and the market; elsewhere, a Jewish cemetery is shown south of the
town center, among several suburban communities and intricate
waterways. (To find the cemetery, looks between the words "Zidowiec"
and "Dzika" for the open space marked with gravestone and triangle
images.

On the page overview, make sure to note the separate "town center"
(downtown Bolechow) map on the lower right hand side. You can zoom in
on both maps and make out most of the names. Some of the Jewish names
that were easily readable in the smaller map are:

Berl Taup, Bronja Langer, Cuder Gross, David Vioral
Feige Leiberman, Hersch Granbart, Hersch Schindler
Jakob Reifeisen, Jossel Berger, Laisor Ziering
Mechel Halpern, Mechel Kleinberg, Moses Fruchter
Moses Hersch Gross, Moses Kaufman, Moses Lichtstein
Moses Schmidt, Munisch Fruchter, Salamon Chaim Rubin
Salamon Groll, Samuel Halper, Simon Reifeisen
Yankiel Tepper, Zach Bernsweig
(no first name, but surname) Handel

This map is a higher resolution scan of the same Bolechow map that was
stitched by Joan Adler and Fred Fogelson in 2010 >from paper copies.
We thank them again for volunteering their time and skills to create a
large scale, laminated map to bring to conferences, and we are
grateful to Gesher Galicia map room coordinator, Jay Osborn, for
tackling the difficult stitching of a map with many missing pages. GG
has a landowner records book for Bolechow that we are in the process
of indexing, with the results to be posted to the All Galicia Database
soon.

There are many Galitzianers with ties to Bolechow (the town that
Daniel Mendelsohn wrote about in "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six
Million,") and there is a very active birds-of-a-feather/non-profit
organization, the Bolechow Jewish Heritage Society, whose members are
working on restoring the cemetery and creating a museum in the town.

To learn more about the activities of the Bolechow Jewish Heritage
Society click here: http://www.bolechow.org/

To learn more about Daniel Mendelsohn's experience in researching and
traveling to the town, click here:
http://bolechow.ajmendelsohn.com/html/bolechow.html

You can access all of the maps in the GG map room by going to:
http://maps.geshergalicia.org and scrolling down to the alphabetical
listings of cadastral maps. Gesher Galicia hopes this iteration of
the Bolechow map will help many people discover relatives on these
pages and to get a true sense of the scope of Bolechow and its
history.

If you are interested in adding your Galician community to this list
and want to learn more about the Cadastral Map & Landowner Records
Project click here:
http://www.geshergalicia.org/projects/cadastral-map-and-landowner-records/

Pamela Weisberger
President, Gesher Galicia
pweisberger@gmail.com
http://www.geshergalicia.org
http://www.maps.geshergalicia.org


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Bolechow Cadastral Map 1850/1878 - Gesher Galicia Map room #general

Pamela Weisberger
 

Announcing the latest addition to the Gesher Galicia Map Room:

The Bolechow Cadastral Map 1850/1878

Direct link to the map:
http://maps.geshergalicia.org/cadastral/bolechow-bolekhiv-1878/

This is a black-and-white cadastral map of Bolechow (Bolekhiv) survey
edition (Feldskizzen) of 1850, reambulation of 1878, which includes
the communities of Bolechow Ruski, Dolszka, and Salamonowa Gora.

There are only 12 of original 18 sheets, which cover all of the
densely-populated town areas. This update includes extensive redline
and black pencil revisions to property boundaries, houses, and
property numbering, with many property owners' names. The town center
includes a church and a likely synagogue, a Jewish community building,
and the market; elsewhere, a Jewish cemetery is shown south of the
town center, among several suburban communities and intricate
waterways. (To find the cemetery, looks between the words "Zidowiec"
and "Dzika" for the open space marked with gravestone and triangle
images.

On the page overview, make sure to note the separate "town center"
(downtown Bolechow) map on the lower right hand side. You can zoom in
on both maps and make out most of the names. Some of the Jewish names
that were easily readable in the smaller map are:

Berl Taup, Bronja Langer, Cuder Gross, David Vioral
Feige Leiberman, Hersch Granbart, Hersch Schindler
Jakob Reifeisen, Jossel Berger, Laisor Ziering
Mechel Halpern, Mechel Kleinberg, Moses Fruchter
Moses Hersch Gross, Moses Kaufman, Moses Lichtstein
Moses Schmidt, Munisch Fruchter, Salamon Chaim Rubin
Salamon Groll, Samuel Halper, Simon Reifeisen
Yankiel Tepper, Zach Bernsweig
(no first name, but surname) Handel

This map is a higher resolution scan of the same Bolechow map that was
stitched by Joan Adler and Fred Fogelson in 2010 >from paper copies.
We thank them again for volunteering their time and skills to create a
large scale, laminated map to bring to conferences, and we are
grateful to Gesher Galicia map room coordinator, Jay Osborn, for
tackling the difficult stitching of a map with many missing pages. GG
has a landowner records book for Bolechow that we are in the process
of indexing, with the results to be posted to the All Galicia Database
soon.

There are many Galitzianers with ties to Bolechow (the town that
Daniel Mendelsohn wrote about in "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six
Million,") and there is a very active birds-of-a-feather/non-profit
organization, the Bolechow Jewish Heritage Society, whose members are
working on restoring the cemetery and creating a museum in the town.

To learn more about the activities of the Bolechow Jewish Heritage
Society click here: http://www.bolechow.org/

To learn more about Daniel Mendelsohn's experience in researching and
traveling to the town, click here:
http://bolechow.ajmendelsohn.com/html/bolechow.html

You can access all of the maps in the GG map room by going to:
http://maps.geshergalicia.org and scrolling down to the alphabetical
listings of cadastral maps. Gesher Galicia hopes this iteration of
the Bolechow map will help many people discover relatives on these
pages and to get a true sense of the scope of Bolechow and its
history.

If you are interested in adding your Galician community to this list
and want to learn more about the Cadastral Map & Landowner Records
Project click here:
http://www.geshergalicia.org/projects/cadastral-map-and-landowner-records/

Pamela Weisberger
President, Gesher Galicia
pweisberger@gmail.com
http://www.geshergalicia.org
http://www.maps.geshergalicia.org


Looking for Pyotr Belenkiy #general

ssroth@...
 

I am looking for Pyotr Belenkiy who submitted Pages of Testimony for his
grandfather Samuil Vokhnovitzky and grandmother of Pogrebishche.

http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameDetails.html?itemId=7919501&language=en
http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameDetails.html?itemId=7919502&language=en

Also - if anybody knows what Cause of Death: AKZIE (on these records) means
please email me.

Thank you,
Sheree Roth
Palo Alto, CA


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Looking for Pyotr Belenkiy #general

ssroth@...
 

I am looking for Pyotr Belenkiy who submitted Pages of Testimony for his
grandfather Samuil Vokhnovitzky and grandmother of Pogrebishche.

http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameDetails.html?itemId=7919501&language=en
http://db.yadvashem.org/names/nameDetails.html?itemId=7919502&language=en

Also - if anybody knows what Cause of Death: AKZIE (on these records) means
please email me.

Thank you,
Sheree Roth
Palo Alto, CA


USHMM Interview with David Kahane: History of WWII in Lwow, Janowska Labor Camp #general

Eli Brauner
 

Thank you Pamela.
It is new to me....and it is so important to us.

Eli Brauner
Association for the Commemoration of Lwow Jewish Heritage and Sites

snip....
I recently learned of an interview with Rabbi David Kahane, author of
"Lvov Ghetto Diary," on the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's website.
It was conducted on March 27, 1991, for the Israel Documentation
Project.
snip...........


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen USHMM Interview with David Kahane: History of WWII in Lwow, Janowska Labor Camp #general

Eli Brauner
 

Thank you Pamela.
It is new to me....and it is so important to us.

Eli Brauner
Association for the Commemoration of Lwow Jewish Heritage and Sites

snip....
I recently learned of an interview with Rabbi David Kahane, author of
"Lvov Ghetto Diary," on the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's website.
It was conducted on March 27, 1991, for the Israel Documentation
Project.
snip...........


Free access to Ancestry.co.uk United Kingdom records - One day only #germany

JewishGen German Research Division Coordinator
 

As part of sponsoring Who Do You Think You Are currently going on in
the UK, Ancestry.co.uk announced free access to their UK records
through this weekend-- through23.59 GMT on 23 February 2014-check for
your local time that is analogous to ~midnight February 23 GMT on the
world clock [http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ ]

To access the free records in the site Go to:
http://www.ancestry.co.uk/free-access?AID=11628819&PID=1793701

To view these records you will need to register for free with
Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address. They will then send
you a user name and password to access the records.

I am not affiliated with Ancestry.com or its affiliates and this
notice is posted solely for the information of the reader.

Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records
Access Monitoring Committee


German SIG #Germany Free access to Ancestry.co.uk United Kingdom records - One day only #germany

JewishGen German Research Division Coordinator
 

As part of sponsoring Who Do You Think You Are currently going on in
the UK, Ancestry.co.uk announced free access to their UK records
through this weekend-- through23.59 GMT on 23 February 2014-check for
your local time that is analogous to ~midnight February 23 GMT on the
world clock [http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ ]

To access the free records in the site Go to:
http://www.ancestry.co.uk/free-access?AID=11628819&PID=1793701

To view these records you will need to register for free with
Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address. They will then send
you a user name and password to access the records.

I am not affiliated with Ancestry.com or its affiliates and this
notice is posted solely for the information of the reader.

Thanks to Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records
Access Monitoring Committee


Historical Maps of the Habsburg Empire: MAPIRE - a new cartography website #germany

Pamela Weisberger
 

Announcing a new cartography website, "Historical Maps of the Hapsburg
Empire" or MAPIRE at:

http://mapire.staatsarchiv.at/en/

The site offers a selection of historical maps >from the
Austro-Hungarian Empire geo-referenced with present day maps (on
Google or OpenStreetMap) providing layering technology for researchers
to compare the past with the present.

Completed is the second military survey of Habsburg Empire and in
progress are the first and third surveys and cadastral surveys of
Croatia and Hungary. Project participants are the Austrian State
Archives (Osterreichisches Staatsarchiv,) Arcanum in Budapest.

There were two types of maps >from that time period: the military
surveys (typically scaled 1 to 28.800) and the more detailed cadastral
maps (scaled 1 to 2.880,) with both of them covering the entire
territory. The original manuscript map sheets of the military surveys
can be found in the Austrian National Archives, but cadastral
(extremely details property maps on the town level) are found in
various archives of the successor states. For example, cadastral maps
for the province of Galicia are held the following regional or
historical archives: Krakow, Przemsyl, Rzeszow in Poland and Lviv and
Ternopil in Ukraine. (Examples of Galician cadastral maps can be
found in Gesher Galicia's map room: http://maps.geshergalicia.org)

To use the site, scroll down. When you see the passing selection of
maps, click "complete view" on one that interests you. You can also
scroll further and choose "Complete View" to see the entire Empire in
context, or choose to focus on the following territories:

Bohemia, Bukovina, Coastal Zone, Croatia. Dalmatia, Galicia,
Illyria. Lichtenstein, Lombardy, Modena, Moravia, Parma, Silesia,
Slavonia, Styria, Salzberg, Tyrol, Venice, Vorarlberg

Click on the area and then start zooming in. You can adjust the
"opacity" using the slider bar at the top of the page to switch views
between the historical map layered with the current GIS map. This
feature is very useful for those researching historical place names
that may not show up on current maps.

The Second (also known as Franciscan) Military Survey (1806-1809) has
outstanding quality and while not a cadastral survey, when you zoom in
at the closest range you will be able to view plots of land and
buildings, especially ones detailed along the banks of rivers that ran
through these communities.

Arcanum, based in Budapest, specializes in digitization projects, and
has already covered the entire collection of maps of the City Archives
of Budapest, the hand-written map collection of the Hungarian National
Library, and the cadastral maps of Hungarian Archives and Croatia.

A more thorough explanation of these maps can be found in the
"Digitized Maps of the Habsburg Empire" paper here:

http://mapire.staatsarchiv.at/static/pdf/mkf_booklet.pdf

Or the "Digitizing and Geo-Referencing of the Historical Cadastral
Maps (1856-60) of Hungary" here:

http://www.academia.edu/3614065/Digitizing_and_georeferencing_of_the_historical_cadastral_maps_1856-60_of_Hungary

The MAPIRE site is also available in German and Hungarian.

Pamela Weisberger, Gesher Galicia, pweisberger@gmail.com
http://www.geshergalicia.org


German SIG #Germany Historical Maps of the Habsburg Empire: MAPIRE - a new cartography website #germany

Pamela Weisberger
 

Announcing a new cartography website, "Historical Maps of the Hapsburg
Empire" or MAPIRE at:

http://mapire.staatsarchiv.at/en/

The site offers a selection of historical maps >from the
Austro-Hungarian Empire geo-referenced with present day maps (on
Google or OpenStreetMap) providing layering technology for researchers
to compare the past with the present.

Completed is the second military survey of Habsburg Empire and in
progress are the first and third surveys and cadastral surveys of
Croatia and Hungary. Project participants are the Austrian State
Archives (Osterreichisches Staatsarchiv,) Arcanum in Budapest.

There were two types of maps >from that time period: the military
surveys (typically scaled 1 to 28.800) and the more detailed cadastral
maps (scaled 1 to 2.880,) with both of them covering the entire
territory. The original manuscript map sheets of the military surveys
can be found in the Austrian National Archives, but cadastral
(extremely details property maps on the town level) are found in
various archives of the successor states. For example, cadastral maps
for the province of Galicia are held the following regional or
historical archives: Krakow, Przemsyl, Rzeszow in Poland and Lviv and
Ternopil in Ukraine. (Examples of Galician cadastral maps can be
found in Gesher Galicia's map room: http://maps.geshergalicia.org)

To use the site, scroll down. When you see the passing selection of
maps, click "complete view" on one that interests you. You can also
scroll further and choose "Complete View" to see the entire Empire in
context, or choose to focus on the following territories:

Bohemia, Bukovina, Coastal Zone, Croatia. Dalmatia, Galicia,
Illyria. Lichtenstein, Lombardy, Modena, Moravia, Parma, Silesia,
Slavonia, Styria, Salzberg, Tyrol, Venice, Vorarlberg

Click on the area and then start zooming in. You can adjust the
"opacity" using the slider bar at the top of the page to switch views
between the historical map layered with the current GIS map. This
feature is very useful for those researching historical place names
that may not show up on current maps.

The Second (also known as Franciscan) Military Survey (1806-1809) has
outstanding quality and while not a cadastral survey, when you zoom in
at the closest range you will be able to view plots of land and
buildings, especially ones detailed along the banks of rivers that ran
through these communities.

Arcanum, based in Budapest, specializes in digitization projects, and
has already covered the entire collection of maps of the City Archives
of Budapest, the hand-written map collection of the Hungarian National
Library, and the cadastral maps of Hungarian Archives and Croatia.

A more thorough explanation of these maps can be found in the
"Digitized Maps of the Habsburg Empire" paper here:

http://mapire.staatsarchiv.at/static/pdf/mkf_booklet.pdf

Or the "Digitizing and Geo-Referencing of the Historical Cadastral
Maps (1856-60) of Hungary" here:

http://www.academia.edu/3614065/Digitizing_and_georeferencing_of_the_historical_cadastral_maps_1856-60_of_Hungary

The MAPIRE site is also available in German and Hungarian.

Pamela Weisberger, Gesher Galicia, pweisberger@gmail.com
http://www.geshergalicia.org


20 year limit for German Burials ? #germany

Debby Gincig Painter
 

I found the below on findagrave.com while trying to locate family burials.
Is this really true?
If so, how does one find out what happened to family members buried?
Do they remove the bodies or bury new graves above them. Thank you,

Debby Painter, Michigan, USA <gincig@yahoo.com>

Cemetery notes and/or description: Address:
Große Heimstraße 119, 44137 Innenstadt-West, Dortmund
...Please note that the final resting places in Germany are not eternal,
due to lack of space. This cemetery has a "period of repose" of 20
years. Once the time is up for a renewal of the "lease" the cemetery
administration will place a small sticker on the gravestone to alert the
family to contact the office of the cemetery. Unless the family of the
deceased pays for another period of 30 years, or the grave is of
historical importance (in that case the town will carry the costs), it
will be leveled and re-used. Leftover stones will be collected and
eventually crushed and used as gravel in road construction....


German SIG #Germany 20 year limit for German Burials ? #germany

Debby Gincig Painter
 

I found the below on findagrave.com while trying to locate family burials.
Is this really true?
If so, how does one find out what happened to family members buried?
Do they remove the bodies or bury new graves above them. Thank you,

Debby Painter, Michigan, USA <gincig@yahoo.com>

Cemetery notes and/or description: Address:
Große Heimstraße 119, 44137 Innenstadt-West, Dortmund
...Please note that the final resting places in Germany are not eternal,
due to lack of space. This cemetery has a "period of repose" of 20
years. Once the time is up for a renewal of the "lease" the cemetery
administration will place a small sticker on the gravestone to alert the
family to contact the office of the cemetery. Unless the family of the
deceased pays for another period of 30 years, or the grave is of
historical importance (in that case the town will carry the costs), it
will be leveled and re-used. Leftover stones will be collected and
eventually crushed and used as gravel in road construction....


Help to locate family in Israel.. #general

Rosanne Leeson
 

Dear All,

I am trying to assist a friend to locate a long-lost family member in
Israel, He had been reported as being killed in a battle, but has
recently turned up as one who came to visit the old family home in
Barchfeld am Werra,Germany, to see about placing a Stolperstein at
what had been the family residence there. My friend left there
right after Kristallnacht, as young boy, with his parents.

His name is/was Dany Aron, or possibly Aharon. He is the son of
Gideon and Bertel (?) Aron, and was born in Regbah, Israel about 1958.
He had a younger brother, Yehuda.

There are a number of Dan Aron (Aharon) listed in the Israeli telephone
book. It is impossible >from the little information that we have, and
the small amount in the Israeli directory, to know which might be which.
If there is someone there who might recognize this person, or know of
this family, my friend would be deeply grateful. He is so desirous of
reestablishing the connection, and finding missing family!

Thank you,
Rosanne Leeson
Palo Altoa CA USA


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Help to locate family in Israel.. #general

Rosanne Leeson
 

Dear All,

I am trying to assist a friend to locate a long-lost family member in
Israel, He had been reported as being killed in a battle, but has
recently turned up as one who came to visit the old family home in
Barchfeld am Werra,Germany, to see about placing a Stolperstein at
what had been the family residence there. My friend left there
right after Kristallnacht, as young boy, with his parents.

His name is/was Dany Aron, or possibly Aharon. He is the son of
Gideon and Bertel (?) Aron, and was born in Regbah, Israel about 1958.
He had a younger brother, Yehuda.

There are a number of Dan Aron (Aharon) listed in the Israeli telephone
book. It is impossible >from the little information that we have, and
the small amount in the Israeli directory, to know which might be which.
If there is someone there who might recognize this person, or know of
this family, my friend would be deeply grateful. He is so desirous of
reestablishing the connection, and finding missing family!

Thank you,
Rosanne Leeson
Palo Altoa CA USA


Ancestry.co.uk Free access to UK records Over the Weekend #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

As part of sponsoring Who Do You Think You Are currently going on in the UK,
Ancestry.co.uk announced free access to their UK records through this
weekend-- through 23.59 GMT on 23 February 2014-check for your local time
that is analogous to ~midnight February 23 GMT on the world clock
[http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ ]

To access the free records in the site Go to: http://tinyurl.com/k8qr2qv
Original url:
http://www.ancestry.co.uk/free-access?AID=11628819&PID=1793701

To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk
with your name and email address. They will then send you a user name and
password to access the records.

I am not affiliated with Ancestry.com or its affiliates and this notice is
posted solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Ancestry.co.uk Free access to UK records Over the Weekend #general

Jan Meisels Allen
 

As part of sponsoring Who Do You Think You Are currently going on in the UK,
Ancestry.co.uk announced free access to their UK records through this
weekend-- through 23.59 GMT on 23 February 2014-check for your local time
that is analogous to ~midnight February 23 GMT on the world clock
[http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ ]

To access the free records in the site Go to: http://tinyurl.com/k8qr2qv
Original url:
http://www.ancestry.co.uk/free-access?AID=11628819&PID=1793701

To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk
with your name and email address. They will then send you a user name and
password to access the records.

I am not affiliated with Ancestry.com or its affiliates and this notice is
posted solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


Finding Vital Records in the United States #general

Chuck Weinstein <cmw521@...>
 

There have been a number of postings in this forum and some of the SIG
Discussion Groups recently regarding finding birth, marriage, and death
records in various states. The easiest way to find out who to contact
and/or where to go to find records is via a Google search. Be specific, as
each state has its own rules, and many localities do, as well. A Google
search for "Los Angeles Death Records" will get you more specific
information than a search for "California Death Records". The answer to
where and at what costs you will apply to varies, especially according to
the year of the event. As an example, New York State has a 100 year privacy
rule on birth records. However, in New York City, birth records prior to
December 31, 1909 are held in the NYC Municipal Archives. Birth records
since 1910 are still held by the NY City Health Dept. The Municipal
Archives will get you a copy of any birth record they have (for a fee, of
course), and there is an index available, both at the Municipal Archives and
online (at www.italiangen.org). However, although birth records >from 1910
to 1913 are supposedly available to all, the health department will only
release NYC birth records they have after you justify your reason for
wanting it (and genealogy is not an acceptable reason). There is no
published index for births occurring after 1910 in New York City. Marriage
and death records are likewise different in NYC >from state law. Some states
have indices for vital records; others don't, and privacy rules, the
repository of various records, and costs and availability often differ from
town to town or county to county within a state. Many states and localities
have contracted with a company called Vital Check to provide records. You
will see that immediately in the Google search responses if the state you
are looking for has done so. Some states and/or localities will require a
personal appearance. Others will provide you a copy by mailing in a form.

Finally, the rules are changing. More and more states, under the guise that
vital records availability encourages identity theft, are extending privacy
rules. Yet another reason to do a Google search if you don't know how to
obtain the record you seek. BTW, there are far easier ways to steal
identity than viewing vital records.

Chuck Weinstein
Bellport, NY (formerly >from San Francisco, CA)
Cmw521@earthlink.net


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Finding Vital Records in the United States #general

Chuck Weinstein <cmw521@...>
 

There have been a number of postings in this forum and some of the SIG
Discussion Groups recently regarding finding birth, marriage, and death
records in various states. The easiest way to find out who to contact
and/or where to go to find records is via a Google search. Be specific, as
each state has its own rules, and many localities do, as well. A Google
search for "Los Angeles Death Records" will get you more specific
information than a search for "California Death Records". The answer to
where and at what costs you will apply to varies, especially according to
the year of the event. As an example, New York State has a 100 year privacy
rule on birth records. However, in New York City, birth records prior to
December 31, 1909 are held in the NYC Municipal Archives. Birth records
since 1910 are still held by the NY City Health Dept. The Municipal
Archives will get you a copy of any birth record they have (for a fee, of
course), and there is an index available, both at the Municipal Archives and
online (at www.italiangen.org). However, although birth records >from 1910
to 1913 are supposedly available to all, the health department will only
release NYC birth records they have after you justify your reason for
wanting it (and genealogy is not an acceptable reason). There is no
published index for births occurring after 1910 in New York City. Marriage
and death records are likewise different in NYC >from state law. Some states
have indices for vital records; others don't, and privacy rules, the
repository of various records, and costs and availability often differ from
town to town or county to county within a state. Many states and localities
have contracted with a company called Vital Check to provide records. You
will see that immediately in the Google search responses if the state you
are looking for has done so. Some states and/or localities will require a
personal appearance. Others will provide you a copy by mailing in a form.

Finally, the rules are changing. More and more states, under the guise that
vital records availability encourages identity theft, are extending privacy
rules. Yet another reason to do a Google search if you don't know how to
obtain the record you seek. BTW, there are far easier ways to steal
identity than viewing vital records.

Chuck Weinstein
Bellport, NY (formerly >from San Francisco, CA)
Cmw521@earthlink.net

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