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From: quillpen1 <>
Subject: Re: [GEN-NYS] NY Syaye and the 2 21st Century
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 12:30:56 -0400
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If one actually goes to Albany in person these records can be obtained
almost immediately.

I always send to counties for records when they are available and it takes
but a few days as a rule. There are fewer records for staff to peruse than
at the State level.

I too would love to research from the comfort of my home. Unfortunately I
wouldn't be quite as happy when my tax bill came in. Progress always comes
at a price.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Deanna Lewis" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, September 08, 2007 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: [GEN-NYS] NY Syaye and the 2 21st Century

> 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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