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I neglected to mention that for the same $22, you can contact local City/Town Clerks. The
Clerks usually kept an abstract of information from a document in a ledger book before
sending the original off to the NYS Department of Health. The information will be typed
into a form letter and much of it will be bare-bones. I have a 1969 "birth
certificate" from the Town of Cortlandt in Westchester County. The certificate came
typed onto an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" form. It contained the person's name, birth
date, and birth town. That was it. No parents, no hospital name, absolutely nothing else.
Once copy machines became available, some Clerks made copies of the document before
sending it off. You will get a photo-copy of the photo-copy. (This may or may not be of
the quality of NYS's scan from a microfilmed photograph.)
So, order abstracted information from a Clerk and get it much faster, probably only in
-OR- Order a genealogy copy of the actual vital record with all the info it has to offer
but wait many months.
-OR- Pay more for a certified copy of the NYS vital record and wait maybe six weeks.
Tough choices for the monetarily challenged.
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