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

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”.

First day of New York State Family History Conference in Tarrytown

First day of New York State Family History Conference in Tarrytown

This afternoon kicked off the opening of the Exhibit Hall and conference sessions for the 2018 New York State Family History Conference in Tarrytown.

The photo above is from the table of the Genealogy Federation of Long Island. The groups meet in either Nassau or Suffolk counties and include a DNA group, different ethnic specific groups as well as three public library groups.

There were two program time slots this afternoon. In the first time slot I attended a very interesting program presented by Judy G. Russell known as The Legal Genealogist. Her talk about was Advanced U.S. Census Research. She went decade by decade through the U.S. federal census records and explained the unique information that could be found in each census. She also discussed the specialized federal census schedules such as the agricultural schedule, mortality schedule and manufacturing schedule. A very detailed handout of the talk was included in the syllabus.

The second presentation I attended was an interview with Jackie Graziano of the Westchester Archives. It was a very informative session and very helpful to anyone wanting to pursue research in Westchester County. Jackie discussed the types of collections held at the archives and pointed out that the Westchester County Historical Society is also located in the same building. She talked about some of the highlights of the collections, some items which go back to the 1600s. The archives website was discussed and she mentioned indexes that are available online as well as the digital collections available through the website. A brochure detailing collections at the archive was handed out before the program.

Friday will be a full day with conference sessions running from 9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration deadline for NYS Family History Conference is August 31

Registration will close on August 31 for the New York State Family History Conference scheduled for Sept. 13-15, 2018 in Tarrytown, NY at the DoubleTree Hotel.

There will be 2 1/2 days of lectures, workshops, field trips and an exhibit hall.

The registration rate is $195 for members of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and Central New York Genealogical Society and $215 for non-members. Your paid registration automatically gives you $10 worth of Conference Notes, redeemable within the exhibit hall.

If you can only attend on Saturday, the cost is $99 for members of the New York G & B and $129 for non-members.

New this year will be a Family History Jumpstart Day aimed at participants who are beginning genealogy and without conference experience. It will take place on Sept. 15.

To register for the conference, http://nysfhc.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/

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.

NYS Genealogical Death Index recently updated

The New York State Genealogical Research Death Index had been updated and now includes deaths up to January 31, 1968.

The index starts at 1957. However, the index does not includes 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

New York Slavery Index available free online

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of new York has created the New York Slavery Index.

This free index provides records from 1525 through the Civil War. The data comes from census records, slave trade transactions, cemetery records, birth certifications, manumissions, ship inventories, newspaper accounts, private narratives, legal documents and many other sources. The index contains over 35,000 records and will continue to grow as the team of John Jay College professors and students locates and assembles data from additional sources.

The goal of the project is the bring together information that previously had been largely disconnected and difficult to access. Detailed searching instructions are available on the website.

To get started searching the index, go to: http://nyslavery.commons.gc.cuny.edu

Early registration is open for NYS Family History Conference

The New York State Family History Conference will take place on Sept. 13-15, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY.

Speakers will include: Blaine T. Bettinger, Henry B. Hoff, Karen Mauer Jones, Thomas W. Jones, Terry Koch-Bostic, Judy D. Russell, D. Joshua Taylor, Jane E. Wilcox and many others.

Early registration is through May 31 and costs $165 for members of the New York G&B and $195 for non-members. After May 31, the cost for members is $195 and non-members $215.

For more information or to register, go to: http://nysfhc.org

Thursday, September 13
9:30am: Workshops (additional registration is required)
Noon – 6 pm: Exhibit hall open
1:15 – 4:30 pm: Sessions

Friday, September 14

8 am: Opening Session
9 am – 6:30 pm: Exhibit hall open
9:15 am – 6 pm: Sessions
12:30 pm: Luncheon and talk (additional registration is required)
6:30 pm: Dinner and talk (additional registration is required)

Saturday, September 15
8:30 am – 3:15 pm: Exhibit hall open
9:15 am – 4:00 pm: Sessions
12:15 pm: Luncheon and talk (additional registration is required)
4:15 pm: Wrap-Up Reception

West Hempstead Obituary Index updated

The West Hempstead Obituary Index has just been updated and now includes close to 800 entries.

This index includes obituaries and death notices related to residents and, in some cases, former resident of West Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. The majority of the entries are from 1930 to 1963. New entries will be added on a continuous basis.

The information in the index comes from area newspapers such as The Brooklyn Eagle, Newsday, The Hempstead Sentinel, the Nassau Daily Review Star, and the New York Times.

The index includes the date of death, publication and date of publication.

Anyone interested in copies of articles from this index, can contact Jean King at the West Hempstead Public Library, 516-481-6591 ext 22 or email jking@whplibrary.org.

You can access the link by clicking on the words just above this blog posting or click on
WH Obituaries

NYS Genealogical Death Index recently updated

The New York State Genealogical Research Death Index had been updated and now includes deaths up to March 1967.

The index starts at 1957. However, the index does not includes 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