Ireland’s new Information and Tracing services, established under the Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022, provide access to birth certificates, birth and early life information for all persons who were adopted, boarded out, the subject of illegal birth registration, or who otherwise have questions in relation to their origins.
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ALBANY — A new law will allow adoptees to obtain their full, original birth certificates, including health histories and the identity of their parents, ending a decades-old practice that blocked that
Irish Women of Action
For years Irish New Yorkers supported struggles in Ireland for reform and independence. New research into the activities of Irish women in New York has revealed dramatic information about their activities on behalf of change in Ireland…and within the United States. This Roundtable program focuses on four of these Irish Women of Action – Dr. Gertrude Kelly, Marguerite Moore, Mary Jane Irwin, and Alice Comiskey.
This unique program brings together experts on the topic: Miriam Nyhan, William Rossa Cole, Elizabeth Lee Hodges, and Maureen Murphy.
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: McCloskey Meeting Room
Parish House of Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
263 Mulberry Street
New York, NY
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In 2017 NYC Dept. of Heath and Mental Hygiene proposed a new rule that would affect when birth and death records are made available to the public. Rule goes into effect April 17, 2018 restricting access to birth records until 125 years after a birth and to death records 75 years after a death.
If this rule had been in effect when I applied for and received my Grandfather’s 1949 death certificate after 50 years, access could have been denied until 2024. Already reports have been made of people who have legal rights to records being denied due to inconsistent interpretations of rules by DOH employees.
Although the greater genealogical community fought hard against it, the rule recently passes. Thanks to overwhelming opposition to the plan, the NYDHMH proposed a new amendment allowing more relatives access to these records. However, its expansion only applies to a strict biological lineage that does not consider realities of family life today for adoptees or blended families.
We can let NYC know that the new amendment is an improvement, but greater access is desirable.
When: Monday, April 23 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Where: New York Dept. of Health and Public Hygiend
42-09 28th Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3-32,
Long Island City, NY 11101
For information about the issues involved, please see D. Joshua Taylor, President at the NYG&B at https://www.facebook.com/nyfamilyhistory/videos/1699893130032829/UzpfSTQ5ODIwMDI0MzU4MzIxMDoxNjM0NTE4MjA2NjE4MDY5/