New York's Governor Cuomo signs S3419 into law -- New York adoptees can reclaim their own records in 2020
It's done! It's signed!
As a strategic partner of the New York Adoptee Rights Coalition
(NYARC), we at Reclaim The Records are happy to announce that the bill
to equalize the right of access to original and un-redacted birth
certificates for New York adoptees and the descendants of deceased New
York adoptees has been signed into law today.
This means that if you're someone who was born and adopted in the
state of New York, even if you don't live there anymore, or if you're
the direct descendant of a deceased New York adoptee, you can apply
for a copy of the original and un-redacted birth certificate starting
on *JANUARY 15, 2020*. That's only two months away!
(Of course, as anyone doing New York genealogy can tell you, you may
have to wait a ridiculously long time for the records you ordered to
finally arrive from Albany. But legally, now they will!)Further
information, and specific details about the application process, will
be posted on the NYARC website in the coming months:
This law means New York is now the tenth state to allow people to
reclaim their own records, without preconditions or redactions. And
there will be many more coalitions pushing for similar laws in other
states in the next few years.
So if you're a genealogist or a historian, or a member of a
genealogical or historical or lineage society, *please* think about
formally and publicly supporting these other states' efforts, too.
Fighting for equal records access isn't just about your
great-great-grandpa's military pension or your grandma's
naturalization, it's for your friends and neighbors, too.
Congratulations to all the advocates who worked so long and hard to
make this happen in New York. We can't wait to see all the records and
discoveries in the new year.
- Brooke Schreier Ganz
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records
Mill Valley, California