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From: William Martin <>
Subject: New York death certificates
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2003 02:13:23 -0400


I have a question regarding New York State death certificates. There
is a 50 year waiting period to order certificates unless you are a
direct descendent. According to
http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/vr/forms/death.htm, one needs to
be the spouse, parent or child of the deceased. If the child of the
decedent is no longer living, do these rights extend to grandchildren?
Do children-in-laws have any rights to access this information?

Non-relatives may access the death certificates if there is: a
documented lawful right or claim, documented medical need, New York
State Court Order. How is a "lawful right or claim" demonstrated?

Thank you for your help.

-- Bill Martin --


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