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What types of records are available from the Tompkins County Health Department for genealogy research?
Generally, the Tompkins County Health Department provides uncertified copies of the following types of records for genealogy research purposes:
Birth and death records for all areas of Tompkins County are from 1880 to present with the exception of the following:
Are the time periods ever waived?
The time periods are waived for direct-line ancestors. A direct line ancestor is a person in the direct line of descent, i.e., the child, grandchild, great grandchild of the person whose record is requested. The direct-line ancestor applicant must provide the following:
A person who has been designated to act on
behalf of a descendant of the person whose record is being requested
may also obtain the above. However, a party acting on behalf of
a descendant must provide documentation that the descendant authorized
the party to make such application.
What is the fee for a genealogy copy?
The standard fee for a genealogy copy is $22. This includes a copy of the certificate, a three-year search of the index, the retrieval and re-filing of the records and either a copy of the record or a no record report. When more than a three-year search is requested, the fee is higher.
Fee schedule effective 1/1/2010
The fee applies separately to each record requested. For example, the fee for a request consisting of one birth record (1-year search @ $22), plus one death record (25-year search @ $82), is a total of $104.
Please note that a refund is made if the record is found in under the specified search period.
How long will it take?
Processing a genealogy request may take from four (4) to six (6) months.
How do I place an order for a genealogy copy?
Click here for an Application
Mail your completed application to:
Tompkins County Health Department
Other Potential Genealogical Sources: Click here
County Health Department – 55 Brown Road – Ithaca, New York 14850
Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director
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