The New York Genealogical and Biological Society has posted the follow important message on their website.
The NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) is proposing changes to how researchers can use public records held at the Municipal Archives (including New York City’s birth, marriage, and death records).
In short, DORIS is adding language that limits your ability to share these documents with others and prohibits the use of these public records for educational, scholarly, non-profit, or media purposes without a paid license.
The impact of these changes for researchers, genealogists, historians, and others is immense. You can learn more about these changes and their direct impact on you at nygbs.org/access-alert
From that page, you can learn how to add your voice to this conversation before October 23, 2020, by submitting your personal comments, signing a public comment, participating in the public hearing, and/or sharing this news with others.
We need your voice to affirm that public records created by taxpayer funds remain freely accessible.
Thank you for your support – Joshua
For more information about this proposed licensing and fee increase, please click on the link below or cut and paste to your web browser.