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From: Perrin Larton <>
Subject: Re: Vital Records Access
Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 15:27:18 -0800
A few years back...maybe 5 or so...the State of California was selling CD's
of the CABI (California Birth Index) to whoever could come up with the
$1000.00 for the set. Ancestry purchased a set and so did I. I guess it's
like trying to put a genie back in the bottle. For a while, Ancestry did
not have these on their site due to possible litigation...I think.
Apparently that's been settled.
My siblings, my parents, aunts, uncles, inlaws and outlaws are all on the
CABI. Before all the problems with identity theft, these records were
available in the local newspapers and people could walk into the recorders
office and get a birth certificate for anyone...that gap has been
eliminated BUT crooks are ALWAYS going to find a way around a rule.
Let's punish the law breakers...not the law abiders who just want to find
family. I don't think you have anything to worry about...most identity
thieves go for the easy 'get'...they just go through your trash!
At 01:09 PM 3/1/06 -0700, Kay wrote:
>I have been a 'lurker' here, hoping to spot some info on my New York
>ancestors. The discussion on vital records access began just after I
>became aware of a situation I find very troubling. In light of this
>discussion, I thought it may be appropriate to request some feed-back,
>even though it does not directly relate to NY ancestors.
>I discovered on Ancestry.com a database called "California Birth Index
>1905-1995". Entering my maiden name brought up myself, my brother, my
>children and 6 cousins. The index contains: full name, date of birth,
>gender, county of birth, and mother's maiden name. All information which
>can be used for identity theft. These entries were for births between
>1956 and 1995. Ten of the persons in question are still living. I
>consider it an act of gross negligence on the part of the State of
>California and Ancestry.com to place such recent records on-line.
>Although it may be very common, this is the first time I have found such
>recent information from birth records so easily available.
>Feedback, please. Am I over-reacting, or would others be upset to find
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