A new law in Maine restricts access to the birth, death and marriage records of state citizens, The Associated Press reported.
Gov. John Baldacci signed the law on April 2. Now, only the person on the document, their spouse, parents, descendants or designated agents have access to such records. Genealogists and researchers will also be granted access if they have a researcher identification card.
Supporters say the bill will prevent fraud and identity theft. Records will be released to the general public after 100 years.