New York Research Tips and Strategies

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The New York Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for New York. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.

New York Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in New York

New York Research Tips[edit | edit source]

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in New York.

  • Birth information: New York State briefly kept birth records from 1847 to about 1850 and started recording births again in 1881. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents: New York State briefly kept death records from 1847 to about 1850 and started recording deaths again in June 1880. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search New York death records
  • Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.

New York Record Finder[edit | edit source]

This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see New York Record Finder.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records

Birth information

Marriage information
Death information

Maiden name

Immigration date


Physical description

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