24    Sep 20140 comments

New Collection Spotlight: New York State Deaths, 1957-1964

The New York State Death Index contains information on deaths recorded in New York State besides those in New York City.

This collection will help everyone interested in locating New York State death records from 1957 to 1964. The Index contains information on decedents, place and date of death, gender, age at death and the State file number.

Death certificates are a primary source for family information. They are typically issued within days of a death and contain many details about a person's  life.

Certificates often include age, birthplace, parents' names and birthplaces and the cause of death.

This specific database of New York State Deaths compliments the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).  While SSDI does contain some records for deaths as far back as the 1930s, it has very little coverage (as a percentage of the population) until the mid-1960s.

23    Feb 20125 comments

Save the SSDI: Why and how to help

What if the US Social Security Death Index (SSDI) were no longer available?

What if we had to wait 125 years before US state birth certificates were made public? Or we had to wait 75 years for death certificates, marriages and divorce records?

It’s time for genealogists and family history researchers to make their voices heard in regard to an attempt to close the US Social Security Death Index to researchers.

The Washington, DC hearings, held on Tuesday, February 2, were a popular topic of discussion at the recently held RootsTech 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers.com is a Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) director, and a member of the Records Preservation & Access Committee (RPAC). He writes:

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