Ancestry.com has New York State birth index available online

The New York State Birth Index is now available for searching on Ancestry.com. The index covers the years 1881-1942.

It is name searchable and you can see the images of the actual index pages. An index entry states the name of the person, date and place of event, and State certificate number. The state certificate number is only used if you are requesting a copy of a record from the Department of Health in Albany. It is quicker to request a copy of a birth certificate from a local agency such as Town Halls or Village Halls.

This index does not cover all of New York State. It does not cover New York City boroughs except for the following situations:
*Former towns of Kings County (Brooklyn) prior to their annexation by the City of Brooklyn in the 1880s and ’90s;
*Portions of Westchester County prior to their annexation by New York City in 1895;
*Richmond County (Staten Island) and western Queens County prior to their incorporation into the City of New York on January 1, 1898.

Prior to this index being available online, it was only accessible by using microfiche cards at 11 repositories in New York State. The microfiche cards end in 1937.

You can search Ancestry.com free of charge at public libraries that subscribe to Ancestry.com Library Edition. Check with your local library to see if they have this database.

Italian baptism and marriage indexes available online

The Italian Genealogy Group has baptism and marriage indexes on its website for Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Baptism indexes are available for The English Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension located in Brooklyn. The index is for baptism records for those with Italian surnames only. It covers the time period of November 1908 to September 1949. The church was sold in 1958 and a new church was built in Lake Success in Nassau County.

A baptism index is also available for St. Mary of the Angels (1916-1958), formerly located in the Bronx. It was also known as Church of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin from 1916-1927.

A marriage index is available for The English Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension. The index contains grooms and brides names with Italian surnames only. The records cover Sept. 16, 1908 to August 24, 1958. The majority of the records in the index cover the 1940s and 1950s.

To access the indexes, click on “Church Records” at the club website www.italiangen.org