NYC publishes 9.3 million historic birth, death and marriage records; here’s what you can learn about your family history
STATEN ISLAND, NY — Want to know when your great-grandmother was born? Or the date your grandparents got married?
These records and many more could be part of the 9.3 million historical vital records that have just been added to the city’s website.
The City’s Department of Archives and Information Services has launched a new online website civil status documents platform that allows visitors to search and view New York City’s historical birth (1866-1909), death (1862-1948), and marriage (1866-1949) records.
High quality copies can be downloaded and printed for free from the site.
“These historical records will not only serve as an essential resource for family historians across the country and around the world, but will allow everyday New Yorkers to learn more about their personal history and explore their roots. “said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “My administration is committed to expanding access to city resources and providing New Yorkers with the information they need.”
Highlights of the Municipal Archives include 9.3 million historic vital records, more than 2 million still images and thousands of hours of film and video footage, 400 years of legislative and municipal records, and the most comprehensive collection of records relating to the administration of criminal justice in the English-speaking world, according to city officials.
Documentation of the city’s infrastructure includes detailed drawings of the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park. The Archives’ online gallery offers searchable access to all digitized documents assets .
“We are grateful to Mayor Adams and his administration for supporting the final phase of our multi-year project to digitize and publish online one of the largest and most important genealogy collections in the world,” said Pauline Toole, Commissioner, Department of Records & Information Services. “In 2013 we began digitizing the collection and despite the challenges of the COVID pandemic, our in-house team of developers have built a robust platform that will allow customers to easily search, view and download the documents.”