NYC ‘Bodies in Transit’ ledgers now available online

The New York City Municipal Archives recently released digital copies of the New York City Bodies in Transit ledgers.

These ledgers cover the time period of 1859-1894. The ledgers were kept by the Department of Health and recorded data of bodies being transported through New York City. This information was kept to certify that there were no sanitary risks related to the body.

Information in the records include: name, age, date of passage through New York City, cause and date of death, and name and residence of person overseeing the transportation of the body. Probably the most famous name in the records is Abraham Lincoln.

To see the digitized images, go to: http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/NYCMA~4~4

An index to these ledgers was created by the German Genealogy Group and the index is available on their website at: http://www.germangenealogygroup.com/records-search/Bodies-in-Transit.php

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