Vital records—records of births, deaths, and marriages—are invaluable genealogical and family history information sources. The Milstein Division has indexes of vital records available on microfilm and through genalogy databases available in the library. To access some of these indexes you will have to visit the library in person, or engage the services of a genealogist or researcher. The Board for Certification of Genealogists and the Association of Professional Genealogists maintain lists of professional genealogists.
New York City Vital Records
New York City Vital Records Indexes
Indexes* at the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy, The New York Public Library:
Index to NYC Births, 1866–1982 (Manhattan/Bronx 1888–1982; all boroughs, 1898–1982)
Index to NYC Deaths, 1888–1982 (some earlier years for Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island)
Marriage Indexes by Groom 1888–1937 and Brides 1869–1937
*These indexes can only be viewed in person.
The Milstein Division also has a selection of indexes births, deaths and marriages prior to 1866, for New York City, and beyond, gathered from announcements in newspapers, and from church records.
Birth Records prior 1910
Manhattan 1847-48, 1853–1909
Queens 1847–49, 1881–1909
Staten Island 1847–49, 1881–1909
Death Records prior to 1949
Manhattan 1795, 1802–1804, 1808, 1812–1948
Brooklyn 1847–1853, 1857–1948
Queens 1847–49, 1881–1948
Staten Island 1847–49, 1881–1948
Marriage Records prior to 1930
Manhattan 1847–48, 1853–1929
Queens 1847–49, 1881–1929
Staten Island 1847–49, 1881–1929
Please note; the boroughs of Brooklyn (Kings), Queens, Staten Island (Richmond) and areas of the Bronx did not become part of New York City until 1898.
*The Bronx did not exist as a separate Borough until 1898. New York City (Manhattan) annexed the area west of the Bronx River in 1874 and annexed the area east of the Bronx River in 1895. For vital records in those areas after the date of annexation through 1897, search Manhattan records.
Separate marriage & death records for Kings County towns Flatbush, Flatlands, Gravesend, New Lots, and New Utrecht pre-1894/95.
Marriage records after 1930* Office Of The City Clerk
Municipal Building, Room 252
Centre & Chambers Streets
New York, NY 10007
Telephone: (212) 669-8898
*Marriage records 50 years or older are public records obtainable by anyone.
The Massachusetts Archives holds Massachusetts vital records covering the years 1841–1915. The vital records cover births, marriages, and deaths that occurred in Massachusetts. The Archives not only holds the records, but also indices to these records. The information from the 1841–1910 Birth, Marriage & Death indices has been entered into a searchable database.