NYS death index recently updated

The New York State Genealogical Research Death Index was updated the beginning of January and now includes deaths up to and including December 31, 1968.

The index starts at 1957. However, the index does not include deaths for the five boroughs of New York City.

The index provides the date of death, gender, age at death, New York State file number and residence code. In order to interpret the residence code number, you must go to the far right of the page and click on the red tab that says About. Scroll down to attachments and open either the third attachment for Out of State codes or the fourth attachment for New York State Gazetteer.

To search the index, go to:
https://health.data.ny.gov/Health/Genealogical-Research-Death-Index-Beginning-1957/vafa-pf2s/data

Volunteers needed for New York State land records indexing project

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is looking for volunteers to help index New York State land records.

FamilySearch.org has digitized millions of original pages from county offices across New York State. The majority of the records are deeds and mortgages.

If you are interested in working on indexing these records, you will need to set up a free user name and password to log on to FamilySearch.org. Once logged on, click on the Indexing tab and select Find a Project. Click on the word Projects and in the Project name box enter the words Index to Land Records. You should see a listing of the available projects to work on.

At this point the Kings and Richmond project is 96% completed, the Westchester project is 27% completed and the Western New York project is 19% completed.

The New York G & B will be presenting a free half hour webinar about the land records indexing project on Monday, January 7 at 7 p.m. To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5875948863652668171

Two local groups highlighted in Family Tree Magazine article

In its December 2018 issue, Family Tree Magazine recognized two local genealogy groups in its “75 Best Free Websites” article.

Under the category for New York State, the Germany Genealogy Group and the Italian Genealogy Group were recognized for their indexes to church records, naturalization records and birth, marriage and death records. The indexes are for any nationality, not just Germans or Italians.

Other websites recognized for New York State were:
*New York Heritage – this site, run by the Empire State Library Network, includes digitized books, newspapers, photos, post cards, maps, etc. Our library has uploaded digitized photos and postcards to this website.
*Old Fulton NY Post Cards – this site, run by one individual, is noted for its outstanding collection of digitized newspapers from New York, a few other states and Canada.

New church records added to German Genealogy Group website

The German Genealogy Group has recently added more records to its Diocese of Brooklyn baptism and marriage indexes.

Now users can search for records from St. Louis church which was located on Ellery Street, near Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. There are over 9,000 records in the baptism index and over 9,000 records in the marriage index.

Note: Many of the first names in the databases are in French, not English.

For information on how to order a record from the diocese and to start searching the collection, go to:
www.germangenealogygroup.com then on the left side of the page select Database Searches and then select Church Records. From there you can select baptisms or marriages.

New York State Marriage Index available for free online

For those during research in New York State, an early holiday gift has been delivered by the not-for-profit group, Reclaim the Records, recently announced that a portion of the New York State Marriage Index is now available online for free.

Previously, this index could only be accessed by using microfiche cards available in 11 public libraries and the National Archives in New York City. Currently the years available online are from 1881-1952. In the next few months the index in continue to 1965.

Most of the years are searchable alphabetically by surname and brides and grooms are combined in the same annual file. There are some years where the brides and grooms names are in separate indexes and there are also some years where the listing is by Soundex code and not alphabetical.

The index has been uploaded on the website Internet Archive. To start searching, go to: https://archive.org/details/nymarriageindex

Free access to military records available this weekend

Two major genealogy websites will be offering free access to their military records this weekend to honor the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Findmypast.com will be making its collection of world military records free from today until 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

In addition to military records, Findmypast’s archive of British, Irish and world newspapers will be free to search and explore. You will need to set up a free account to view the records.

To get started searching, go to: https://www.findmypast.com/military-family/

MyHeritage.com will also be offering free access to military records from around the world from now through Monday, Nov. 12. You will need to set up a free account to view the records.

To get started searching, go to: www.myheritage.com

Free access to AmericanAncestors.org through Nov. 13

Free access to AmericanAncestors.org through Nov. 13

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access to all its databases on AmericanAncestors.org through Thursday, November 13.

Fall back into family history research with access to over 1.4 billion names. Types of records include: birth, marriage and death records, military, census, probate and immigration records. In addition, you can search local histories, family genealogies and maps. Sign up for a free guest account for free access to everything in the databases.

To start searching, go to: www.americanancestors.org

Ancestry.com offers free access to its military collection

Ancestry.com offers free access to its military collection

To celebrate Veterans’ Day, Ancestry.com is providing free access to its Military Records from now until 11:59 p.m. on November 12.

There are over 250 million military records on the website that cover all the wars. There are items such as World War I draft cards, service records and prisoner and casualty lists.

To get started searching these records, go to: https://www.ancestry.com/cs/honor?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0008349978&o_lid=0008349978&o_sch=Affiliate+External

Fold3 provides free access to its Native American collection

To celebrate National Native American Heritage month, Fold3 is offering free access to its Native American collection through November 15. You need to create a free account on Fold3 to access the collections.

Titles in this collection include:
*Ratified Indian Treaties (1722-1869): This collection contains ratified treaties that occurred between tribes and the US government.

*Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940): Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls.

*Dawes Packets: In 1893, President Grover Cleveland appointed the Dawes Commission to negotiate with members of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes. They were promised an allotment of land if they recognized Federal law and abolished tribal governments. The Dawes records are applications from individuals in these five tribes to establish eligibility.

*Dawes Enrollment Cards (1898-1914): The Dawes Commission recorded information about family groups within the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole nations.

*Eastern Cherokee Applications (1906-1909): Applications submitted for shares of the money that was appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians by Congress on June 30, 1906.

*Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller (1908-1910): The US Court of Claims appointed Guion Miller to determine who was eligible for funds under the treaties between the US and the Eastern Cherokee. An estimated 90,000 applicants provided family genealogies to document tribal connections.

*Cherokee Indian Agency, TN (1801-1835): This collection contains the records of the agent of Indian Affairs in Tennessee, including correspondence, agency letter books, fiscal records, records of the Agent for Cherokee Removal, and miscellaneous records.

To start searching, go to: https://go.fold3.com/native_americans_records

New York State Birth Index available online for free

The non-profit organization Reclaim the Records has recently uploaded the images for the New York State Birth Index, for the years 1881-1942, on the website Internet Archive.

This index was previously only available on microfiche at 10 public libraries in New York State and only went up to the year 1937.

There are several tips for using this index.
*There are no New York City births in the index except for births that occurred in Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island before 1898.
*There are not births for the cities of Albany, Buffalo or Yonkers before 1914
*There are no records for surnames beginning with A to Bib for 1905. Reclaim the Records hopes to obtain copy of these missing records at a later date.

There is no index for the images at this time but you can browse them by year. To view the images, go to:
http://archive.org and in the search box put “New York State Birth Index.” You can sort the results by year by clicking on the words “Date Published” and then selecting “Date Archived”.