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Bill passed for rights of New York State adoptees to access birth certificates

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  • Bill passed for rights of New York State adoptees to access birth certificates

    Saw this posted elsewhere, and thought it would be of interest to anyone who is, or is a descendant of, an adoptee born in New York state:

    More information from Reclaim the Records organization, as posted on Facebook:
    Reclaim the Records
    November 14 at 5:23 PM
    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.

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    I learned this recently and shed tears of joy and hope. I am so glad you posted this wonderful news for New York adoptees! We need the restrictions of access to our original birth records in EVERY state to go the way of New York. Great work and thank you! Ten down, 40 to go. Let's harness this energy, and get to work! Ellen in San Francisco