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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1930 Census, and the Population Schedules for the 1940 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about Maureen Callahan in New York, or perhaps her parents/family if they lived in New York in the 1930s. The 1940 Census schedules are digitized and available using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at email@example.com.
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This might be a silly question, but are birth certificates prior to a certain year, public record? From what I saw in requesting copies of them, I don’t have a lot of the information needed to fill out the request forms.
Thank you for the information on the Census
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Access to birth records is governed by state law and each state has its own requirements. The Genealogy Records & Resources web page provides an overview of the State of New York’s access rules regarding persons other than the one named on the birth certificate. Please direct questions regarding access to New York birth certificates to the New York Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Records via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Do you know if Maureen was born in New York City?. Do you know the names of her parents?
I did a search on Ancestry https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61457/ -New York, New York, U.S., Birth Index, 1910-1965 Got 2 results for 1939 no matches for 1940. See attachments
The Maureen Callahan Born 25 Apr 1939 has information associated with it. From the 1940 U.S. Census Age: 1 yr born in New York and living in Queens, New York. Father: Edward Age:33 Mother: Clair Age: 34 also a brother Patrick Age:6, She was Married in 1959 to Harold Brien Jr. in Queens, New York.
As for the other Maureen Callahan born 18 Nov 1939 could find no information in New York City.
Thank you Tim! I have just received a copy of the birth certificate. It unfortunately doesn’t state Maureens (as the mother) date of birth, and only lists her 166 Second Ave, Apartment 14 K Manhattan address at the time, in 1961. I don’t know how to, or if there is even a way to look up how long she resided in that apartment.
The father was not listed on the birth certificate at all, however his identity was found on 23andme.com last year.
He had already passed away, so I could not obtain any additional information about Maureen.
This birthdate of Nov 18,1939 is one I haven’t come across at all. Thank you for this!
(The other, I connected through that 1940 census and saw that she was married and moved to CT.) So I think this second date of birth in November could possibly be her.