New rules for requesting New York City birth and death certificates

Beginning January 1, 2019, there will be new embargo dates in effect for requesting birth and death certificates from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene located in Manhattan. The embargo dates are 125 years after birth and 75 years after death.

A new rule will also go into effect on January 1, 2019 that expands those who can access a death record to: great-great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, grandnephews, and grandnieces. The existing regulation already permits: the spouse, domestic partner, parent, child, sibling, grandparent or grandchild.

The rule also expands those family members who can access birth records of a deceased individual to: spouses, domestic partners, parents of children over the age of 18, children, siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, grandchildren, great grandchildren, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

This new rule does not effect New York City marriage records because they are under the jurisdiction of the City Clerk’s Office.

To read the notice see: https://rules.cityofnewyork.us/content/amendment-general-vital-statistics-provisions-article-207-nyc-health-code

Patchogue library to sponsor genealogy research trip to NYC

The Patchogue-Medford Public Library will be sponsoring a Genealogy Research Bus Trip to New York City on Thursday, September 7.

The bus will leave the library at 7:30 a.m. and have two drop offs: the Municipal Archives in lower Manhattan or the Kings County Clerk Office/Surrogates Court. You must decide which archive before you sign up. The number of attendees is very limited due to the size of the archives. Lunch will be on your own. Pick up will be approximately 3 p.m. Return will be approximately 5:30 p.m.

Cost of the trip is $30 payable by cash or check made out to PML. In person registration will begin Tuesday, August. 1.

For more information, contact Kathy Then at kthen@pmlib.org or 631-654-4700.

Ancestry.com added name index for New York City Death Index

Ancestry.com has recently added a name index for the New York City Death Index for the years 1949-1965.
The index includes separate listings for stillbirths.

The information from the index comes from the New York City Health Department. Some images are faint and may not be included in the index. Images can be browsed by year if a name search is not successful.

Information in the index includes: name, age at death, date of death, death certificate number, medical examiner case number and borough in which they died. Boroughs are listed by letter: M=Manhattan, K=Kings (Brooklyn), Q=Queens, R=Richmond (Staten Island), X=Bronx and Y=Outside of the City.

Codes can also be found next to age at death: M=minutes, H=Hours, D=Days and L=Months.

Ancestry.com Library Edition can be found in many public libraries. To find the New York City Death index, just go to the Search tab and select the Card Catalog. Use the keywords “New York City Death Index 1849-1965”.

A free New York City Death Index is available for the mid-1800s up to 1948 on both the Italian Genealogy Group and German Genealogy Group websites.

New York City online marriage index updated

More New York City marriage index records have recently been posted by the not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records.

Remember – there is no name index for the images. The record images are organized alphabetically by bride and groom last name. The information on the images gives the marriage date and certificate number.

The years included are:
Manhattan – 1908-1972
Brooklyn – 1908-1972
Queens – 1908-1970
Staten Island – 1908-1972
Bronx – 1914 – 1972

To access these images, go to: www.archive.org and use the search term “NYC Marriage Index” followed by the name of the county you are looking for. You can sort by date published to sort by year.

More NYC marriage index images are uploaded online

The not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records has recently uploaded more images to its index of marriages for New York City.

The images added are for the following years:
Manhattan: 1946-1950
Bronx: 1947-1949
Kings: 1946-1950

To view the images, go to: www.archive.org and search on “NYC marriage index” or “NYC Marriage Index” and your borough of interest – such as “NYC Marriage Index” and Queens.

The group is working on uploading more images in near future.

More NYC marriage index images uploaded to Internet Archive

The not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records has recently uploaded more images to its index of marriages for New York City.

There are 176,136 images that have been added to the collection that is available on Internet Archive.
The images added are for the following years:
Manhattan: 1930-1945
Bronx: 1930-1945
Kings: 1930 – 1945
Queens: 1930 – 1947
Staten Island: 1939 – 1950

To view the images, go to: www.archive.org and search on “NYC marriage index” or “NYC Marriage Index” and your borough of interest – such as “NYC Marriage Index” and Queens.

The group is working on uploading more images in near future.

NYC Clerk’s Office marriage records index available

The digitized images for the index to the New York City Clerk’s Office marriage records (the application, affidavit, and license) for 1908-1929 is now online and free to the public.

The index images have been provided by a group called Reclaim the Records. According to the group, 39 of the 48 microfilm rolls of this index are now online at the Internet Archive, and the remaining nine films will be put online throughout the next few weeks.

To start looking at this index, go to https://archive.org/details/nycmarriageindex

So far, the images uploaded are: MANHATTAN 1908-1929; BROOKLYN 1908-1929 and BRONX 1914-1917. Coming soon are the images for: BRONX 1918-1929; QUEENS 1908-1930 and STATEN ISLAND 1908-1938.

The images are not searchable by name at this time.

If you are interested in getting a copy of this 3-page marriage record, send a letter to:
New York City Municipal Archives, 31 Chambers Street Room 103, New York, NY 10007. You will need to send a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check for $15 made out to New York City Municipal Archives.

In your letter, list the full name of the bride or groom or both if you know both. If listed on the index page, give the Volume number and Page number and the date of the document. If you know the exact wedding date include that information also.

Tour to be offered of New York Historical Society

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will be presenting a Repository Tour of the New York Historical Society on Tuesday, November 17 at 10:30 a.m.

This special guided tour of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New York Historical Society will be led by Joseph Ditta, reference librarian. The manuscript collection contains over 2 million items and is one of the most important collections for New York research. An overview of the archival and reference materials will be given, followed by a viewing of manuscripts, newspapers and other materials.

Admission to the historical society is not included.

Advanced registration is required. The cost is $25 for members/ $40 non-members and can be purchased via the online store, or by calling (212) 755-8532 and making a purchase with a credit card.

For more information, go to: http://newyorkfamilyhistory.org/nygbs-events

Tour to be offered of Green-Wood Cemetery archives

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will be presenting a Repository Tour of the Green-Wood Cemetery Archives on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m.

A guided tour, led by Green-Wood Green-ealogy staff, will feature samples of the original ledgers and documents covering more than 175 years. Green-Wood has one of the most comprehensive and best organized cemetery archives in New York. These records are now being shared with researchers through the Green-ealogy program.

Space is limited to 15 attendees. The cost is $25 for members/ $40 non-members and can be purchased via the online store, or by calling (212) 755-8532 and making a purchase with a credit card.

For more information, go to: http://newyorkfamilyhistory.org/nygbs-events

Full run of Brooklyn Eagle available through library

The Brooklyn Public Library recently updated its online version of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper to include issues through 1955 and changed the website address to the collection.

The collection has new search features including being able to print just a portion of a page, print the whole page or share it on social media or email.

You can now access the collection by going to:
http://newsstand.bklynpubliclibrary.org

You can also access all the issues of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle at another website called Fulton History Post Cards. Don’t be fooled by the title — not only does this site include all the issues of the Brooklyn Eagle but also includes digitized newspapers from all over New York State.

Just click Enter on the home page and then use the left side of the page to search the historic newspapers.

For more information, go to:
www.fultonhistory.com