Reclaim The Records vs. NYC Municipal Archives - Brooklyn (Kings County) 'Old Town' records

Brooklyn (Kings County) “Old Town” Records

Welcome to the single stupidest lawsuit we've ever had to file against a government agency
Litigation in progress! Case filed October 15, 2016.
New Jersey Death Index

New Jersey Death Index, 1904-2017

Why should these records be available if you're onsite at the state archives, but not available on the Internet?
Legal wrangling but no litigation needed! All records online.
Reclaim The Records vs Veterans Affairs

Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File

When a veteran dies, why is their basic service data locked up forever behind a $300/year commercial website's paywall?
Litigation in progress! FOIA lawsuit filed in United States District Court (SDNY) on September 17, 2018.

Social Security Applications and Claims Index

Almost 100,000,000 public records have been available only through a $300/year paywalled commercial website. We're gonna change that.
FOIA request filed with Social Security Administration on September 20, 2017
NYC Geographical Birth Index

Geographical Index to New York City Births, late 19th century – early 20th century

Hey, remember how the NYC Dept of Health "retroactively classified" the NYC birth index, removing it from the public? Well, they forgot one of them. But we didn't!
No litigation needed! Microfilms being digitally scanned right now.
Wyoming Death Index

Wyoming Marriage, Death, and Divorce Indices, 1900-1965

Frozen in a snowbank outside of Laramie? We got your record. Thrown off your wagon team in Cheyenne? We got your record too.
Coming soon...
Reclaim The Records - New Jersey Marriage Index - example #2

New Jersey Marriage Index, 1901-2016

We acquired and published the first-ever data set of everyone married in the Garden State
Legal wrangling, but no litigation needed! All records online.
Yonkers NY Death Index book from the 1870's

Index to Deaths in Yonkers, New York, c. 1870-1915

"Out there, there's a world outside of Yonkers..."
NY FOIL request filed with Yonkers City Clerk's Office on September 6, 2017
Buffalo Death Index

Index to Deaths in Buffalo, New York, 1852-1944

These records were sitting on a hard drive in a city government's Inactive Records Center, not online for public use. We fixed that.
No litigation needed! All records online.

Index to Deaths in Albany, New York, 1880-1915

Corruption's such an old song that we can sing along in harmony, And nowhere is it stronger than in Albany
NY FOIL request filed with Albany City Clerk's Office on September 6, 2017

Index to New York City domestic partnership records, 1993-2017

🌈All people and all families deserve to have their genealogical records available to them.
NY FOIL request in planning stage against NYC Clerk's Office
Photo of DVD containing the records we won

Index to New York City Marriage Licenses, 1996-2017

Wait, you mean we’re gonna have to sue the same city agency again? Over the same records set? After they lost to us last time?
Litigation successful! All records online
The New York State birth index

Index to New York State Births (Outside of New York City), 1881-1942

Finally, New York researchers can ditch the microfiche sheets and join the twenty-first century.
No litigation needed! All records online.

Index to New York State Marriages (Outside of New York City), 1880-2016

This FOIL request has so far taken nine months and counting, proving that even babies are faster than the New York State government.
NY FOIL request filed with NYS DOH on September 12, 2017
List of Registered Voters, 1924

List of Registered Voters in New York City for 1924

Historical voter data is often covered by Freedom of Information laws. We were the first to publish this often-overlooked resource online.
No litigation needed! All records online.
Missouri Death Index, 1965-2015

Missouri Death Index, 1965-2015

They tried to charge us $1.5 million for a public records request. Then they decided to ignore the state Sunshine Law altogether.
Litigation in progress! Case filed November 23, 2016.
Screenshot of the initial estimated costs of our Missouri Sunshine Law requests

Missouri Birth Index, 1910-2015

They tried to charge us $1.5 million for a public records request. Then they decided to ignore the state Sunshine Law altogether.
Litigation in progress! Case filed November 23, 2016.
New Jersey marriage index

New Jersey Birth, Marriage, and Death Indices, 1901-1903 and 1901-1914

We acquired and published the first public twentieth century vital records indices for New Jersey.
No litigation needed! All records online.

New York City Birth Certificates, 1910-1917

They're more than 100 years old, but NYC won't let us see them.
NY FOIL request in planning stage against NYC DOH
New York State Death Index

Index to New York State Deaths (Outside of New York City), 1880-1956

It took us seventeen months of fighting with the government just to get a list of the names of dead people.
Legal wrangling but no litigation needed! All records online.
Photo of the microfilms we received

Index to New York City Marriage Licenses, 1930-1995

Yes, you can fight city hall — and win! Of course, it helps if the city refuses to return your e-mails and calls until you take them to court.
Litigation successful! All records online (minus Queens 1971-72 images)
NYC Marriage License Index

Index to New York City Marriage Licenses, 1908-1929

What do you do when a city archive won’t share its records with the public? Fight back. Read about our pilot project that started it all.
Litigation successful! All records online.