Starting Sept. 5, 2014, Genealogy.com will be making a big change. GenForum
message boards, Family Tree Maker homepages, and the most popular articles
will be preserved in a read-only format, while several other features will
no longer be available, including member subscriptions and the Shop.
As you might imagine, access to birth records is more difficult than other vital records because they are sometimes used fraudulently, or they may contain confidential information such as illegitimacy. Marriage and death records are more available. Some states open their restricted records only to the parties involved, such as divorce records in the state of New York.