New York State has about the longest protection time of any state. In
Florida, I could walk in tomorrow and get your marriage of yesterday.
Twenty-four hours. Other states have usually 5-10 years restriction.
If you only wanted the death date and location in NYS, without the
benefit of knowing the parent's names and places of birth, you can find
that in the Social Security Death Index in most cases. This is on the
internet and at all LDS Family History Center Libraries. You can also
purchase them from Brodebund or whatever their new name is. You can order
those thru Heritage Quest Magazine which has a huge list of CD's
available. I have that info if anyone wants it. Then you can at least
look for an obit which might have almost anything in it, including other
relatives surviving or previously deceased. This would also provide
where they are buried and other affiliations This is one way of
overcoming the 50 year protection if you wanted that info on deaths.
With NYS protecting the births 75 years and deaths and marriages for 50
years, they cut themselves out of mega-revenue. If they would even allow
the use of their index but continue their restriction, you could at least
find the obits or other articles in the newspapers. They have no problem
with selling my personal info to junk mailers from my NYS driver's
license. That is why I use a PO Box only on everything. They feel the 50
and 75 years is protection of your privacy. How many people from those
vital records are going to be where they were that many years ago?
According to Arlene Eakle, one of the best known genealogists in the US,
New York State is one of the most sought after states for information for
many reasons. Our border covers all of New England so most everyone that
migrated from New England went to or thru NYS. Land grants were given to
areas all over NYS which had a lot of unsettled areas and was a new
frontier. They landed at Ellis Island and the RR and canals took them
thru NYS to other states.
I am from Binghamton and love the story I learned as a young gal that
didn't mean much then. Endicott - Johnson Shoes (E-J Shoes) was based
in Binghamton, Johnson City and Endicott and sent the word out to the
world. Anyone who wished to migrate to America had a job and a home
waiting if they wish to come to work for them. They spoke little or no
English but learned to say "Which way E-J" and they were put on a train
to the Triple Cities to a new guaranteed life. I could show you street
after street of houses built in all three towns which these people came
to with their family. E-J set up a very low payment plan for their
workers to pay for their houses and put any member of those families to
work that wished. They provided medical and other benefits to all
employees and their families. Many of your Delaware County people moved
to Binghamton for the same reason as well as plenty of other work
available. Broome County had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the
US until about 20 years ago when businesses got fed up with NYS high tax
rates and moved out of state.
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