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”.

More records available for NYC marriage license index

The not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records recently announced it has added more records to its New York City marriage license index. The database now includes the years 1996-2017.

The new 1950-2017 database is broken into two different time frames: 1950-1995 and 1996-2017. These are indexes to every marriage license filed, not necessarily every marriage in New York City.

The group has noted that there are approximately 30,000 missing records particularly for the 1950s-1960s.

Beginning in June 2011, New York State started to legally recognize same-sex marriages. Therefore, for the 2011-2017 portion of the database, headers of “bride” and “groom” are referred to as “Spouse #1” and “Spouse # 2”.

To search the data from 1950-2017, go to: https://www.nycmarriageindex.com/

Buffalo death index online for 1852-1944

The not-for-profit organization Reclaim the Records has recently obtained and uploaded the death index for Buffalo, New York for the years 1852-1944.

Previously these records were only available onsite in Buffalo. Some of the issues with the images include pages being cut off on the far right side of the page or in some cases the bottom of the page. Also, pages can be out of order. If the page you are looking for appears to be missing check at the beginning and the end of the book you are looking at.

For the years 1891-1897 there is a second page of data for each index entry which include the person’s parents’ names, father’s place of birth, mother’s place of birth and exact date of birth instead of just the year.

Copies of the certificates can be obtained from the Buffalo city clerk’s office or the Department of Health in Albany.

To search the indexes, go to: http://archive.org/details/buffalodeathindex

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.

Jewish Genealogy Group to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Dec. 18, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s speaker will be Brooke Schreier Ganz, founder of the new not-for-profit activist group Reclaim the Records.

Reclaim the Records uses state Freedom of Information requests to obtain inaccessible genealogical and archival records and then freely return them to the public. Brooke will describe RTR’s recent victories – including the release of NYC marriage and voter registration records — and will teach you how to file your own Freedom of Information requests for records that you would like to see returned to the public domain.

For more information, go to: http://jgsli.org/

New York City marriage indexes free online

The not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records has recently posted New York City marriage indexes online.

Earlier in the year, the group posted the microfilm images of the New York City City Clerk’s marriage index. There is no name index for the images. The records 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 – 1908-1929; Brooklyn – 1908-1929; Queens – 1908-1930; Staten Island – 1908-1938; and Bronx – 1914 – 1929. To access these images, go to: www.archive.org and use the search term “NYC Marriage Index.” You can sort by date published to sort by year.

The group also recently uploaded an index to the New York City marriage index for the years 1950-1995. The index can be searched by bride or groom and the results will show the year the couple was married, the borough and the license number.

To use this index, go to: www.nycmarriageindex.com

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.