Manhattan death certificates, 1866-1919 ; index, 1868-1890 : Works Projects Administration, project no. 265-1-97-28; Work project no. 1

Works Projects Administration for the city of New York
Manuscript/Manuscript on Film
  • New York, New York : Work Projects Administration, 1942
  • Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983-1987
1142 microfilm reels ; 16 mm.


Microfilm of original records in the Municipal Archives in New York, New York.

Many records are light and faded and difficult to read. Some records are out of focus and cannot be adjusted.

Printed index to New York City deaths including Manhattan after 1890 is cataloged under: New York (New York). Department of Health. Index to deaths, New York City, 1888-1965.

Beginning in 1888, the certificate numbers started each year with certificate number 1.

The index is typewritten and handwritten.

The index includes age at time of death, date of death, and number of the death certificate.

Death certicates also list date and place of burial.

Almost all retakes of index cards occur at the first of the rolls. Most index ending title targets do not give the correct alphabetical end points. Filming went on beyond the last entry on the target. See the contents listed with the film call numbers for the correct alphabetical end points.

There is no filming gap between items and no film target board indicating item numbers.

Some certificates are located in books and the date of death is in the inner margin and may be hard to read.

Some films have large filming gaps between records. Check the certificate number and scroll to the point where it should be on the film. Do not stop looking when there is a filming gap.



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