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From: Deanna Lewis <>
Subject: Re: [GEN-NYS] NY Syaye and the 2 21st Century
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 10:43:04 -0500
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Hi It sure would be great to have New York to do something like this also.
The wait is so great that it deters people from progressing with their
genealogy research by months and in some cases years. I sent a request into
Albany in 1997 for a male relative they said a record didn't exist. It
wasn't till this year that a person looked again for me for this male
relative and found him!! Did we send for the death record from Albany? No!
We went to the county and town where he died and within a month I had the
record in my hand. People aren't perfect in their research but let the
mistake be ours not a strangers. Deanna in Houston Texas

On 9/8/07 10:15 AM, "" <> wrote:

> When is NY going to get into the 21st Century ??
>> From the Chicago Tribune
> Old county records being put online
> By Jason Meisner | Tribune staff reporter 9:56 PM CDT, September 6, 2007
> Professional genealogists and people interested in researching their family
> tree
> will soon be able to access key records from home instead of ordering by mail
> or traipsing down to a musty office in the Loop, Cook County Clerk David Orr
> said Thursday.
> If all goes as planned, newly digitized versions of county records such as
> birth and death certificates and marriage licenses will be available beginning
> in January on one searchable Web site that will revolutionize how such
> research
> is done, Orr said.
> "It's going to be a big boon for us and for the genealogy folks who have to
> go through us to get the records," Orr said. "It will allow them to go online
> to see if the records exist, to find relatives and purchase copies online."
> The Web site is part of a massive yearlong effort to digitize the county's 24
> million vital records, which date to 1871, when record-keeping began after
> the Chicago Fire wiped out previous stockpiles, clerk's office spokeswoman
> Kelley Quinn said.
> The records have stacked up for decades in the basement area of the county's
> administration building at Clark and Randolph Streets, where conditions have
> not been ideal.
> "We've had rats, floods, fires, bugs, you name it," Orr said.
> Over the years, the county has made special efforts to save some records,
> including employing a special "freeze-drying" process to restore documents
> that
> had water damage, he said.
> Scanning and indexing each record was completed in June, and the county is
> uploading about 1 million files per week into a computer server, a process
> that
> is expected to be complete by the end of the year, Quinn said.
> "Everything will be updated and fully digitized at that point," Quinn said.
> Once the digitizing process is complete, Cook County will be one of the first
> counties in the U.S. to have all such materials stored electronically, she
> said.
> The genealogy Web site will offer a tutorial for people interested in
> researching family trees and allow users to search for relatives by name. Once
> the
> proper person is found, users can pay a fee to download records and print them
> at home.
> Documents available online will be birth certificates that are at least 75
> years old, marriage certificates more than 50 years old, and death
> certificates
> more than 20 years old, Quinn said.
> She said that certified copies, which are required to obtain official
> documents such as a driver's license, will not be available online.
> No Social Security numbers will be available on the online documents, she
> said.
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