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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, 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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