Public Hearing for NYC Vital Records Access
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is proposing a new rule that would affect when birth and death records are made available to the public. The proposed schedule would greatly lengthen the amount of time a birth or death record is restricted for public access, which would negatively impact family history researchers everywhere.
To keep these historical records accessible to the millions who have New York ancestors, we need to mobilize quickly and act decisively!
There will be a public hearing on this issue later this month, and the NYG&B is gathering as many community members as possible to pack the house and show our support for open access to historical records!
If you are able to join, we would absolutely love to see you there. Make sure to click the "register" button at the top of the page if you plan to attend - that way we'll be able to get in touch with any additional information or updates. Click here to learn how else you can help.
The hearing will be held at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Long Island City, Queens. The building can be easily reached by subway:
Take the N, Q or 7 train to Queensboro Plaza. Exit through the turnstiles to the south side of Queens Plaza (You will walk on an overpass over the street). Walk east for 2 blocks. You will cross 27th Street. Turn right on 28th Street. NYC DOHMH is the tall glass building on your left.
Take the E, M, or R train to Queens Plaza. Look for the Jackson Ave/Queens Plaza South exit. Walk west one block on Queens Plaza. Turn left on 28th Street. DOHMH is the tall glass building on your left.
Take the G train to Long Island City/Court Sq. Walk northeast on Jackson Avenue for 6 blocks. Turn left on 42nd Road and walk one block. Turn right on 28th Street. DOHMH is the tall glass building on your right.
You can also use this embedded map below to find suitable driving or walking directions from your exact location: