Michael Barris wrote: "Genealogical copies of New York death certificates can be requested fifty years after death has occurred."
NYS Dept. of Health says: "The time periods are waived for direct-line descendants. A direct-line descendant is a person in the direct line of descent, i.e., the child, grandchild, great grandchild of the person whose record is requested."
============================== Michael Barris wrote: "Certified copies of New York death certificates are available at any time to descendants who can prove their descent by a cascade of birth certificates."
NYS Dept. of Health says: Q. Who is eligible to obtain a death certificate copy?
A. The spouse, parent, child or sibling of the deceased and other persons who have a documented lawful right or claim,documented medical need or New York State Court Order. ===================== So, despite what you wrote, there is no time limit for genealogical copies for direct-line descendants. Nor are certified copies available to those other than spouse, parent, child or sibling -- not to all those in direct-line descent. ===================== Kristen,
Use this form to order the death cert from NYS Dept. of Health: