New York Genealogists

Our New York genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the various archives and libraries in New York, including:

  • New York State Archives
    Original records of New York government jurisdictions. Includes manuscripts, statewide vital records indexes, documents relating to land grants, land survey maps, alien deposition records, military records, state court records, prison records, Erie Canal passenger lists for 1827-1829, wills, and estate records. Also microfilms of some state censuses and the original census returns for 1915 and 1925
  • National Archives at New York City
    Records created by federal agencies in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Contains naturalization records, Internal Revenue Service records, customs lists, and records of U.S. District Court of Appeals. Also microfilms of all available federal census records, many naturalization records, court records, passenger lists for New York City and other ports, Revolutionary War military records, Civil War service indexes, and World War I draft registrations
  • New York Public Library
    City and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records.
  • New York City Department of Records and Information Services
    New York City birth, death, and marriage records; 1890 police census; city directories; voter registrations; almshouse records; and municipal government records.
  • New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Records
    Births and deaths since 1880 (except New York City). A 50-year restriction on death records and a 75-year restriction on birth records. The state fees and restrictions apply also to records held by the local clerks.
  • Registrar of Vital Statistics, Albany, New York
    Albany births and deaths 1848, births 1866 to the present, and deaths 1870 to the present.
  • Bureau of Vital Statistics, Buffalo, New York
    Buffalo births 1878-1914 and deaths 1852-1914
  • Registrar of Vital Statistics, Yonkers, New York
    Yonkers births and deaths 1875 to the present
  • Montgomery County Department of History and Archives
    Largest collection of family genealogies in New York; church record transcripts, local histories, and town records for the Mohawk Valley.
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Library
    Major collection of New York state genealogy and local history, including both published and manuscript materials. Includes federal and state censuses, city directories, church, cemetery, bible, land, and probate records. Manuscripts acquired before 1940 are also available.
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society
    Excellent New York collection
  • New York Historical Society
    Extensive collections of manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, city directories, maps, and photographs.
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
    Manuscripts, images, and oral histories. Remarkable and unique collection of Brooklyn and Long Island materials that provides important insights into our nation’s history and heritage.
  • Olin-& Uris Libraries, Cornell University
    Large collection of Protestant church records for western New York as well as excellent collection of histories, maps, newspapers, and New York censuses.

We also have New York City genealogists.

Our professional researchers can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.

If you want to know more about how our genealogists can further your research, you can request a research quote.

Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in New York include:

  • Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as 1664
  • Birth, marriage, and death records have been recorded by the state government from 1847 to the present
  • Divorce records from 1787
  • Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1790
  • State, territorial, and colonial censuses from 1696. New York often took censuses in the years between the federal censuses.
  • Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
  • Probate records were kept by the local courts from 1664 to the present
  • Church records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
  • Newspapers for New York City’s five boroughs and some other counties contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
  • Town and county histories were written that record information about the settlers and their families; many family genealogies of the settlers of New York have also been written
  • Adoption records
  • Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts as early as 1790
  • Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas

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