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}}{{NY-sidebar}}{{TOC left}}<br>These archives, libraries, and societies preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in New York State.
  
The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers. [[Image:New York State Cultural Center2.jpg|thumb|right|350px]] <br>  
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== Wiki Articles on Major Repositories for New York ==
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[[Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute]]{{·}} [[Albany Institute of History and Art]]{{·}} [[Bronx County Historical Society]]{{·}} [[Brooklyn Historical Society]]{{·}} [[Buffalo and Erie County Public Library]]{{·}} [[Children's Aid Society]]{{·}} [[Cornell University Library]]{{·}} [[Historic Hudson Valley Library]]{{·}} [[Holland Society of New York]]{{·}} [[Huguenot Society of America]]{{·}} [[Leo Baeck Institute]]{{·}} [[Montgomery County Department of History and Archives]]{{·}} [[National Archives at New York City]]{{·}} [[New England Historic Genealogical Society]] (Boston MA){{·}} [[New York City Department of Records]]{{·}} [[New York City Municipal Reference and Research Center]]{{·}} [[New York Foundling Hospital]]{{·}} [[New York Genealogical and Biographical Society]]{{·}} [[New-York Historical Society]]{{·}} [[New York Public Library]]{{·}} [[New York State Archives]]{{·}} [[New York State Council of Genealogical Organizations]]{{·}} New York State Department of Health{{·}} [[New York State Historical Association]]{{·}} [[New York State Library]]{{·}} [[Onondaga Historical Association]]{{·}} [[Queens Historical Society]]{{·}} [[Stadsarchief Amsterdam]] (Netherlands){{·}} [[SUNY Fredonia Reed Library]]{{·}} [[Staten Island Historical Society]]{{·}} [[Steele Memorial Library]]{{·}} [[Western Reserve Historical Society]] (Cleveland, OH)<br>
  
=== Libraries and Archives ===
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== Online Records of New York ==
  
:'''[[New York State Library|New York State Library]]<ref>Elizabeth Petty Bentley, ''Genealogist's Address Book: State and Local Resources, with Special Resources Including Ethnic and Religious Organizations, 6th ed.'' (Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Publ., 2009), 368-69. {{WorldCat|317917451|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1619813|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009}}.</ref><br>'''Cultural Education Center<br>Empire State Plaza<br>Albany, NY 12230<br>Phone: 518-474-5161<br>Fax: 518-474-5786<br>Internet: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/
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:*'''[http://www.germangenealogygroup.com/ German Genealogy Group] and [http://www.italiangen.org/ Italian Genealogical Group'''] have indexes to births, marriages, deaths, naturalizations and church records in New York City and Long Island.<br><br>
  
The Humanities-History section has local histories, genealogies, atlases, church and cemetery records (including the Daughters of the American Revolution collection), city directories, microfilmed newspapers, microfilmed federal and state censuses, microfilmed passenger lists, and periodicals. The Manuscripts and Special Collections Section houses nongovernmental maps and manuscripts. The library staff will make photocopies for a fee.
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== National Repositories  ==
  
*A guide to the library's holdings of genealogical value is Melinda Yates, ''Gateway to America: genealogical research in the New York State Library, 2nd ed.'' (Albany, N.Y.: University of the state of New York, State Education Dept., New York State Library, 1982). {{WorldCat|12235484|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|655753|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 D23y}}.  
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=== [[Huguenot Society of America]]  ===
*''New York State Library card catalog file of vital records in the History and Genealogy section'' ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Department, 1979?]). {{WorldCat|760204979|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|165646|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6332544}}. Microfiche of hand and typewritten cards.
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Library<br>20 West 44th Street #510<br>New York, NY 10036<br>Telephone: 212-755-0592<br>E-mail: [mailto:hugsoc@verizon.net hugsoc@verizon.net]<br>Website: [http://www.huguenotsocietyofamerica.org/ The Huguenot Society of America]
*New York State Library (Albany, New York), ''Surname card index'' ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Unit, 1979?]). {{FHL|220918|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6331486}}. Surname catalog of the American History and Genealogy section of the New York State Library.
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:Largest Huguenot collection outside of London, including records from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, and colonial America since the 1600s.<ref name="DB81" /> Topics: Huguenot history in France, Huguenot history in other countries, church history, French history, American history, biography, genealogy, manuscripts, societies, periodicals, and theology.<ref>[http://huguenotsocietyofamerica.org/?page=Library Library] in ''Huguenot Society of America'' (accessed 19 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
*The New York State Library also has a set of thirteen Genealogical Information Sources, which can be purchased for $7.00. Library materials can be borrowed through the New York State Interlibrary Loan network.
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=== [[National Archives at New York City]]  ===
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[[Image:NYC Custom-house-l.jpg|thumb|right|250px|National Archives at NYC in the Hamilton U.S. Customs House  in Manhattan]]Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House<br>One Bowling Green<br>New York, NY 10004<br>Telephone: Toll-free 866-840-1752 or 212-401-1620<br>Fax: 212-401-1638<br>Website: [http://www.archives.gov/nyc/ National Archives at New York City]
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:This branch of the National Archives has records created by federal agencies and courts in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The archives has naturalization records, internal revenue service records, customs lists, and records of the U.S. District Court of Appeals. They also have 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, some Civil War service indexes, and World War I draft registrations. The staff will make photocopies for a fee.<ref name="DB81">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 81. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref><br><br>
  
'''[[New York State Archives|The New York State Archives]]'''<br>Cultural Education Center, 11th Floor<br>Empire State Plaza<br>Albany, NY 12230<br>Tel: +1-518-474-8955<br>Fax: +1-518-473-9985<br>Internet: [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml]  
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=== [[New York Public Library]]  ===
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[[Image:New York Public Library exterior.jpg|thumb|right|250px|New York Public Library in Manhattan]]U.S. History, Local History &amp; Genealogy Division<br>Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 315S<br>New York, NY 10018-2788<br>Tel: 212-930-0829<br>E-mail: [http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/36/node/126488 Ask a librarian]<br>Website: [http://www.nypl.org/ New York Public Library]
  
[http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_genealogy.shtml Genealogical Records at the Archives]  
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:NYPL is one of the largest research libraries in the world including excellent genealogical resources. The library has city and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records.<ref name="DB81" /> For maps, write to the Map Division at the same address. Guides and catalogs to this important library include:
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:*New York Public Library: Research Libraries, ''Dictionary Catalog of the Local History and Genealogy Division'', 18 Volumes and four suppelments. (Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1974). {{WorldCat|1131075|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|137032|title-id|disp=FHL Q Book 974.71 A3nd}}.<br>
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:*Sam P. Williams, ''Guide to the Research Collections of the New York Public Library'' (Chicago, Illinois: American Library Association, 1975). {{WorldCat|1365290|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|203628|title-id|disp=FHL Book 974.71 A3w}}.<br>
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:*Estelle M. Guzik, ''Genealogical Resources in New York'' (New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, 2003), 137-86. {{WorldCat|52199100|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|1121308|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 D27gg}}.
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:*The [http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/about.cfm New York Public Library Picture Collection] covers over 12,000 subjects and is a valuable tool to researchers and others.<br><br>
  
The New York State Archives has the original records of New York government jurisdictions. The collection 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|Erie Canal]] passenger lists for 1827–1829, wills, and estate records. The archives collection also has microfilms of some state censuses and the original census returns for 1915 and 1925.
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== State Repositories ==
  
The Family History Library has very few of the state archives records on microfilm. The state archives makes photocopies and performs limited searches of indexed records for a fee, but it does not circulate microfilms of land and vital records. The guide to the collection is ''Guide to Records in the New York State Archives'' (1981; reprint, Albany, New York: New York State Archives, 1982; Family History Library book {{FHL|29264|title-id|disp=974.7 A3ns}}). An expanded 1993 edition is available from the New York State Archives.  
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=== [[Holland Society of New York]]  ===
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Library, 5th floor<br>20 West 44th Street #509<br>New York, NY 10036<br>Telephohe: 212-758-1675<br>Fax: 212- 758-2232<br>E-mail: [mailto:info@hollandsociety.org info@hollandsociety.org]<br>Website: [http://www.hollandsociety.com/index1.html The Holland Society of New York]
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:Emphasis is on the early Dutch, but their collection actually also includes all ethnic groups of the Atlantic coast and colonial America.<ref name="DB81" /> For New Netherland studies, especially genealogy and family history, 3,000 regional histories (present day New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio), 3,000 family histories and genealogies, and 1,000 books on genealogical research, early American history, the Netherlands, Dutch language, art, and architecture, and religion, including Dutch Reformed Church parish records.<ref>[http://www.hollandsociety.com/library.html Publications and Library] in ''The Holland Society of New York'' (accessed 19 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
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[[File:New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.jpg|thumb|right|280px|NY Genealogical & Biographical Soc. in NYC]]
  
'''National Archives—Northeast Region<br>'''201 Varick Street<br>12th Floor<br>(Entrance on Houston Street, between Varick and Hudson)<br>New York, NY 10014<br>Telephone: Toll-free 866-840-1752 or 212-401-1620<br>Fax: 212-401-1638<br>Internet: [http://www.archives.gov/northeast/ www.archives.gov/northeast]  
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=== New York Geneal and Biographical Society ===
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'''[[New York Genealogical and Biographical Society]]'''<br>36 West 44th Street, Suite 711<br>New York, NY 10036-8105<br>Telephone: 212-755-8532<br>Fax: 212-754-4218<br>E-mail: [mailto:education@nygbs.org education@nygbs.org]<br>Website: [http://newyorkfamilyhistory.org/global/about-us/about-nygb New York Genealogical and Biographical Society]<br>
The National Archives—Northeast Region has records created by federal agencies in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The archives has naturalization records, internal revenue service records, customs lists, and records of the U.S. District Court of Appeals. The archives also has 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, some Civil War service indexes, and World War I draft registrations. The staff will make photocopies for a fee.  
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:Their digital collections and online guides are their strength now that their book collection is in the [[New York Public Library]]. Members are welcome to visit by appointment. NYGBS focuses is on publications, quality educational programing, and their website.<ref>[http://newyorkfamilyhistory.org/global/about-us/about-nygb About the NYG&BS] in ''New York Genealogical and Biographical Society'' (accessed 27 March 2017).</ref><br><br>
  
The National Archives has announced the records of this branch will be moved to the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in New York City in the fall of 2012.&nbsp;The new home will be located in the same building as the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.  
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=== [[New-York Historical Society]]  ===
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[[Image:Newyorkhistoricalsociety.jpg|thumb|right|250px|New-York Historical Society in Manhattan]]170 Central Park West<br>New York, NY 10024<br>Tel: 212-873-3400<br>Fax: 212-875-1591<br>E-mail: [https://www.nyhistory.org/library_reference_forms Library Reference Form]<br>Website: [https://www.nyhistory.org/web/default.php?section=library New-York Historical Society Museum {{amp}} Library]
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:The historical society has extensive collections of manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, city directories, maps, and photographs.<ref name="DB81" /> Major topics: New York City and State history, colonial history, American military history, religions, slave trading, biography and genealogy, and New York City photographs, and records of several major charities such as the [[Children's Aid Society]], and the [[New York Foundling Hospital]] (which were both involved in the [[National Orphan Train Complex|orphan train movement]] sending orphans away from big cities into rural foster care).<ref>[https://www.nyhistory.org/library/collections Patricia D. Klingenstein Library] in ''New-York Historical Society Museum and Library'' (accessed 19 November 2013).</ref> A helpful guide is
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:*Arthur J. Breton, ''A Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the New-York Historical Society'', 2 vols. (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1972). {{WorldCat|446043|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|413300|title-id|disp=FHL Book 974.7 H23b}}).<br><br>
  
'''[[New York Public Library|The New York Public Library]][[Image:New York Public Library exterior.jpg|thumb|right|300px]]<br>'''U.S. History, Local History &amp; Genealogy Division<br>Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 315S<br>New York, NY 10018-2788<br>Tel: +1-212-930-0829<br>Internet: [http://www.nypl.org/ http://www.nypl.org/]  
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=== [[New York State Archives]] ===
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[[Image:New York State Cultural Center2.jpg|thumb|right|250px|New York State Cultural Center in Albany]]Cultural Education Center<br>222 Madison Ave<br>Albany, NY 12230<br>Telephone: 518-474-5161<br>E-mail: [mailto:archref@mail.nysed.gov archref@mail.nysed.gov]<br>Website: [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml New York State Archives] and [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_genealogy.shtml Genealogical Records at the Archives]  
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:The New York State Archives has the original records of New York government jurisdictions. The collection includes manuscripts, statewide vital records indexes, documents relating to land grants, land survey maps, alien deposition records, military records, state court records, [http://nysa32.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_gen_guide_prison.shtml prison and reformatory records], [[Erie Canal|Erie Canal]] passenger lists for 1827–1829, [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/research/res_tools_nysa_path_probate wills, and estate records]. The archives collection also has microfilms of some state censuses and the [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/research/res_topics_gen_guide_cen.shtml original census returns for 1915 and 1925].<ref name="DB83">Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.</ref> <ref>[http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/index.shtml Research] in ''New York State Archives'' (accessed 19 November 2013).</ref>
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:The Family History Library has very few of the state archives records on microfilm. The state archives makes photocopies and performs limited searches of indexed records for a fee, but it does not circulate microfilms of land and vital records. The guide to the collection is <br>
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:*''Guide to Records in the New York State Archives'', 2nd ed. (Albany, New York: State Archives and Records Administration, 1993). {{WorldCat|28316410|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|687613|title-id|disp=FHL Book 974.7 A3ns 1993}}.<br><br>
  
The library has city and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records. For maps, write to the Map Division at the same address. A helpful guide to this important library is Sam P. Williams, ''Guide to the Research Collections of the New York Public Library'' (Chicago, Illinois: American Library Association, 1975; Family History Library book {{FHL|203628|title-id|disp=974.71 A3w}}).  
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=== New York State Department of Health ===
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Vital Records Section ('''mailing address''')<br>Genealogy Unit<br>P.O. Box 2602<br>Albany, NY 12220-2602<br>
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:800 North Pearl Street ('''street address''')<br>2nd Floor - Room 200<br>Menands, NY 12204<br>
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Telephone: 855-322-1022<br>Website: [https://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/genealogy.htm Genealogy Records and Resources]
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:The NY State Department of Health (DOH) '''does have''' most New York State birth, marriage, and death records '''since 1881'''. For a fee they provide uncertified genealogical copies for:
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::*'''''Births'''''  - if on file for at least 75 years and the person whose name is on the birth certificate is known to be deceased.
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::*'''''Marriages''''' - if on file for at least 50 years and both spouses are known to be deceased.
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::*'''''Deaths''''' - if on file for at least 50 years.
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::'''Except''':
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:::*DOH does '''not''' have '''''New York City''''' records. (However, for the boroughs of Queens and Richmond the DOH '''''does have''''' '''births''' 1881-1897).
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:::*DOH does '''not''' have '''''Albany''''' records 1881-1913
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:::*DOH does '''not''' have '''''Buffalo''''' records 1881-1913
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:::*DOH does '''not''' have '''''Yonkers''''' records 1881-1913
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:::For '''New York City''' records see '''[[New York City Department of Records]]'''. For births and deaths before 1914 in '''Albany''', '''Buffalo''', or '''Yonkers''' contact the [https://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/genealogy.htm city registrar]; or for marriages before 1914 contact the [https://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/genealogy.htm city clerk].
  
Several extensive catalogs of the Local History and Genealogy Division of the [[New York Public Library]] have been published, including one by the New York Public Library: Research Libraries, ''Dictionary Catalog of the Local History and Genealogy Division'', 18 Volumes and four suppelments. (Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1974; Family History Library book Q {{FHL|137032|title-id|disp=974.71 A3nd}}). Use catalogs from other libraries to find records not available at the Family History Library. Obtain copies through interlibrary loan.  
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::'''Waived time-period restrictions.''' The BMD time-period restrictions are waived for direct-line descendants who provide I.D., their relationship, and evidence of the death of the person or couple whose record is being requested.<ref>[https://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/genealogy.htm Genealogy Records and Resources] in ''New York State Department of Health'' (accessed 4 May 2017).</ref>
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:The New York State DOH also has all New York '''divorce''' records and indexes since 1963.
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:For mail-in service use their '''[https://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/forms/doh-4384.pdf  Mail-in Application for Genealogical Services]''' (pdf) form
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:'''Vital Records Indexes'''
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:*The DOH makes available [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/research/res_topics_gen_vitalstats.shtml microfiche BMD indexes].<ref name="SA">[http://www.archives.nysed.gov/research/res_topics_gen_vitalstats.shtml Birth, Marriage, and Death Records] in ''New York State Archives'' (accessed 6 May 2017).</ref> The indexes cover the entire state of New York '''outside New York City:'''
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::*'''births indexes''' are made available after 75 years
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::*'''marriage and death indexes''' are made available after 50 years.
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::Some years of indexes are arranged by [[Soundex|SOUNDEX]] number. The microfiche indexes are available '''only''' at [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/research/res_topics_gen_vitalstats.shtml 11 repositories] around the State of New York.
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:*Online indexes to some '''New York City''' vital records are available at the '''[http://www.italiangen.org/records-search/ Italian Genealogical Group website]'''.
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:'''Other Sources of New York Vital Records'''
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:*Some upstate cities began recording some vital events a few years prior to 1880: '''''Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica,''''' and '''''Yonkers'''''. For further information contact the city clerk's office. Some county clerks hold marriage records for the period from 1908-1935.<ref name="SA" />
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:*For an extra fee you also can order official New York vital records online through the private company '''[https://www.vitalchek.com/vital-records/new-york VitalChek New York]'''.
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:*For New York marriages 1753-1783 see New York. Secretary of State, ''Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued by the Secretary of the Province of New York, Previous to 1784'' (Albany, New York : Weed, Parsons & Co., 1860) ([https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE188477 Online digital version]; {{WorldCat|866730981}}; [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/342358 FHL Film 514675 Item&nbsp;1; FHL Book 974.7 V2t])
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:'''''See also''''' the '''[[New York Vital Records]]''' and the '''[[New_York_City,_New_York_Genealogy#Vital_Records|New York City, New York (Vital Records section)]]''' Wiki articles.<br><br>
  
The[http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/about.cfm New York Public Library Picture Collection ]covers over 12,000 subjects and is a valuable tool to researchers and others.  
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=== [[New York State Library]]  ===
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[[Image:New York State Cultural Center2.jpg|thumb|right|250px|New York State Cultural Center in Albany]]Cultural Education Center<br>222 Madison Ave<br>Albany, NY 12230<br>Telephone: 518-474-5161<br>Fax: 518-474-5786<br>E-mail: [http://www.forms2.nysed.gov/nysl/refserv.cfm E-mail Reference Requests]<br>Website: [http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/ New York State Library]
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:The Humanities-History section has local histories, genealogies, atlases, church and cemetery records (including the Daughters of the American Revolution collection), city directories, microfilmed newspapers, microfilmed federal and state censuses, microfilmed passenger lists, and periodicals. The Manuscripts and Special Collections Section houses nongovernmental maps and manuscripts. The library staff will make photocopies for a fee.</ref> <ref>[http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/gengen.htm Genealogy] at ''New York State Library'' (accessed 19 November 2013).</ref> Catalogs and guides to the library's genealogical holdings include:
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:*Melinda Yates, ''Gateway to America: Genealogical Research in the New York State Library, 2nd ed.'' (Albany, N.Y.: University of the state of New York, State Education Dept., New York State Library, 1982). {{WorldCat|12235484|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|655753|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 D23y}}.
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:*''New York State Library Card Catalog File of Vital Records in the History and Genealogy Section'' ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Department, 1979?]). {{WorldCat|760204979|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|165646|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6332544}}. Microfiche of hand and typewritten cards.
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:*New York State Library (Albany, New York), ''Surname Card Index'' ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Unit, 1979?]). {{FHL|220918|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6331486}}. Surname catalog of the American History and Genealogy section of the New York State Library.
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:*The New York State Library also has over two dozen [http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/genealogy/gentopic.htm genealogy research topic guides] online.<br><br>
  
'''New York City Department of Records and Information Services<br>'''Municipal Archives<br>31 Chambers Street, Room 103<br>New York, NY 10007<br>Tel: +1-212-788-8580<br>Internet: [http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/home.html http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/home.html ]
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== Regional Repositories ==
  
The Municipal Archives has city birth, death, and marriage records; the 1890 police census; city directories; voter registrations; almshouse records; and municipal government records. When requesting copies of records include a self-addressed stamped envelope. A growing collection of records is available on microfilm at the Family History Library.  
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=== [[Albany Institute of History and Art]]  ===
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[[Image:AlbanyInstituteofHistoryandArt.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Albany Institute of History and Art]]125 Washington Ave<br>Albany, NY 12210<br>Telephone: 518-463-4478<br>Fax: 518-462-1522<br>Website: [http://www.albanyinstitute.org/ Albany Institute of History {{amp}} Art]
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:One of the best U.S. collections on the economic and social life and culture of Albany and the upper Hudson Valley region, including the best indexes to original records, documents, 1000 linear feet of manuscripts, 85,000 photographs, Bibles, and rare books of families from the 1600s through the colonial period to the present.</ref> <ref>[http://www.albanyinstitute.org/a-brief-history.html A Brief History] in ''Albany Institute of History and Art'' (19 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
'''Montgomery County Department of History and Archives<br>'''Old Court House, P. O. Box 1500<br>Fonda, NY 12068-1500<br>Tel: +1-518-853-8187<br>Fax: +1-518-853-8218<br>Internet: [http://www.brooklynhistory.org/default/index.html http://www.brooklynhistory.org/default/index.html]
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=== [[Bronx County Historical Society]]  ===
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Research Library<br>3309 Bainbridge Avenue<br>The Bronx, NY 10467<br>Telephone: 718-881-8900<br>Fax: 718-881-4827<br>E-mail: [mailto:librarian@bronxhistoricalsociety.org librarian@bronxhistoricalsociety.org]<br>Website: [http://www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org/welcome.html Bronx County Historical Society]
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:Very large collection of manuscripts, biographical files, family folders, obituaries, cemetery transcripts, city directories, maps, photos, marriage records, and books with a cross-indexed card file covering the history of the Bronx, New York City, and Westchester County.<ref name="DB81" /> <ref>[http://www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org/library Research Library and Archives] in ''Bronx County Historical Society'' (accessed 21 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
This county archives has the largest collection of family genealogies, church record transcripts, local histories, and town records for the Mohawk Valley. A guide to records there is Violet Fallone, compiler, ''Catalogue of Historical and Genealogical Material in the Montgomery County Department of History and Archives'', Revised Edition. (Fonda, New York: Montgomery County Department of History &amp; Archives, 1983; Family History Library book {{FHL|184874|title-id|disp=974.746/F2 A3r; film 1320716 item 2; supplement on fiche 6104017}}).  
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=== [[Brooklyn Historical Society]]  ===
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[[Image:Brooklyn-historical-society.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Brooklyn Historical Society]]Othmer Library<br>128 Pierrepont Street<br>Brooklyn, NY 11201<br>Telephone: 718-222-4111<br>Fax: 718-222-3794<br>E-mail: [http://www.brooklynhistory.org/library/ask.html Ask a Question]<br>Website: [http://brooklynhistory.org/ Brooklyn Historical Society]
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:General history, especially the natural, civil, literary, and ecclesiastical history of the United States, the State of New York, and villages of Long Island, personal and family papers, municipal records from the towns and villages that consolidated into Brooklyn, Dutch and English settlement on Long Island, and New England immigrants to Suffolk County. Great indexes to family names.<ref name="DB81" /> <ref>[http://www.brooklynhistory.org/library/about.html The Othmer Library] in ''Brooklyn Historical Society'' (accessed 21 November 2013).</ref> See
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:*Karin N. Mango, comp., ''The Long Island Historical Society Calendar of Manuscripts: 1763–1783'' (New York: Publishing Center for Cultural Resources, 1980). {{FHL|87833|title-id|disp=FHL Book 974.721 A3L}}.<br><br>
  
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=== [[Buffalo and Erie County Public Library]] ===
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1 Lafayette Square<br>Buffalo , NY 14203<br>Telephone: 716-858-8900<br>E-mail: [http://www.buffalolib.org/content/contact-us/email-us Email Us]<br>Website: [http://www.buffalolib.org/ Buffalo {{amp}} Erie County Public Library]
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:Good genealogy collection with good indexes, many biographies, family folders, county and local histories for the entire state.</ref> 25,000 local histories, 5,500 genealogies, city directories, ''New York State Vital Records Index'', local vital records, 110-drawer card index of the Local History File about people, places, and things in Western NY, church and cemetery records, genealogical and local history periodicals, newspapers, maps, military histories, ethnic research resources, indices to passenger lists, immigrant ships, and English parish records.<ref>[http://www.buffalolib.org/content/grosvenor/genealogy-collection Genealogy Collection] in ''Buffalo and Erie County Public Library'' (accessed 21 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
'''New York Genealogical and Biographical Society<br>'''36 West 44th Street, 7th Floor<br>New York, NY 10036-8105<br>Tel: +1-212-755-8532<br>Fax: +1-212-754-4218<br>Internet: [http://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/ http://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/]  
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=== Center for Jewish History ===
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==== Ackman & Ziff Fam. Geneal. Institute ====
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:'''[[Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute]]'''<br>'''''Center for Jewish History'''''<br>15 West 16th Street<br>(Between 5th & 6th Avenues)<br>New York, NY 10011<br>Telephone: 917-606-8217<br>E-mail: [mailto:gi@cjh.org gi@cjh.org]<br>Website: [http://genealogy.cjh.org Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute]<br>Website: [http://search.cjh.org/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?vid=beta Search] the catalog of all five ''Center for Jewish History'' partner collections by subject, author, title, or call number.<br>
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::The '''[[Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute]]''' provides access to genealogical resources of the '''''[http://www.cjh.org/ Center for Jewish History]'''''’s five partner collections, a large reference collection, online databases, and research guides. The partners’ archives comprise the world’s most comprehensive Jewish [[File:Center for Jewish History NYC.jpg|thumb|right|380px|<center>'''''Center for Jewish History''''' (Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute; and the Leo Baeck Institute) in Manhattan</center>]]collection outside of Israel (more than 500,000 volumes). These include family and community histories, Landsmanshaftn collections, newsletters of Jewish genealogical societies, memoirs, Jewish Data (database), historic newspapers (including ''New York Times'' and ''Washington Post''), American Jewish Newspapers, ''Pinkas Hakehillot'' and other Holocaust reference works, photographs, personal, communal, cultural, political and professional organization records. A large part of their genealogy resources are unique to the Center. Their microfilm collections include Jewish records from Eastern and Central Europe, the German Minority Census of 1938, Philadelphia HIAS records, Russian Consular records and indexes, and New York City birth and death record indexes.<ref>[http://genealogy.cjh.org/about About the Institute] in ''Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute'' (accessed 19 July 2017).</ref><br>
  
This library has a major collection of New York State genealogy and local history, including both published and manuscript materials. The collection includes federal and state censuses, city directories, church, cemetery, Bible, land, and probate records. Manuscripts acquired before 1940 are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library.  
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==== [[Leo Baeck Institute]]  ====
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:'''''Center for Jewish History'''''<br>15 West 16th Street<br>(Between 5th & 6th Avenues)<br>New York, NY 10011<br>Telephone: 212-744-6400 or 212-294-8340<br>E-mail: [https://www.lbi.org/ask/ Ask a Librarian form]<br>Website: [https://www.lbi.org/ Leo Baeck Institute—New York|Berlin]<br>
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::Leo Baeck Institute is devoted to the history and culture of German-speaking Jews.<ref>[https://www.lbi.org/ Home] in ''Leo Baeck Institute—New York|Berlin'' (accessed 6 May 2016).</ref> They preserve family and community histories about Jews in German speaking countries.<br><br>
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[[Image:Children's Aid Society.JPG|thumb|right|375px|Children's Aid Society in Manhattan]]
  
'''[[New England Historic Genealogical Society]]''' has an excellent New York collection.  
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=== [[Children's Aid Society]]  ===
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105 East 22nd Street<br>New York, NY 10010<br>Telephone: 212-949-4800<br>Website: [http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/ The Children's Aid Society]
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:This was one of two major organizations contributing to the [[National Orphan Train Complex|orphan train movement]]. Part of their archives are at the [[New-York Historical Society]].<br><br>
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[[Image:Cornell Olin Library 3.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Cornell Olin Library in Ithaca]]
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=== [[Cornell University Library]]  ===
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Cornell University<br>Ithaca, NY 14853-5301<br>Telephone: 607-255-3393<br>Fax: 607-255-6788<br>Email: [http://www.library.cornell.edu/ask/email Ask a Librarian]<br>Website: [http://www.library.cornell.edu/ Cornell University Library]
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:*Cornell University has a large collection of Protestant church records for western New York, as well as histories, maps, newspapers, and New York censuses. Rare books and manuscripts are outstanding, and they publish the best research guides to New York counties.<ref name="DB83" /> They also have Africana, American Indian, and Latino collections.<ref>[http://guides.library.cornell.edu/ushistory History: A Guide to United States Historical Research at Cornell] in ''Cornell University Library'' (accessed 23 November 2013).</ref> <br><br>
  
'''New York Historical Society<br>'''170 Central Park West<br>New York, NY 10024<br>Tel: +1-212-873-3400<br>Fax: +1-212-875-1591<br>Internet: [https://www.nyhistory.org/web/default.php?section=library https://www.nyhistory.org/web/default.php?section=library]  
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=== [[Historic Hudson Valley Library]]  ===
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639 Bedford Road<br>Tarrytown, NY 10591<br>Telephone: 914-366-6901<br>E-mail: [mailto:librarian@hudsonvalley.org librarian@hudsonvalley.org]<br>Website: [http://www.hudsonvalley.org/education/library Historic Hudson Valley Library]
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:By appointment only. This library has unique sources for early Hudson River migration, steamboats, industries, and culture.</ref> 4,000 rare books, 3,000 manuscripts, as well as maps, pamphlets, and microfilm to explain the cultural and historical significance of the Hudson River Valley<ref>[http://www.hudsonvalley.org/education/library Library] in ''Historic Hudson Valley'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
The historical society has extensive collections of manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, city directories, maps, and photographs. A helpful aid is Arthur J. Breton, ''A Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the New-York Historical Society'', Two Volumes. (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, Inc., 1972; Family History Library book {{FHL|413300|title-id|disp=974.7 H23b}}).  
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=== Montgomery County Dept. of History  ===
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[[Image:Old Montgomery Co Courthouse NY.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Old Montgomery Co Courthouse NY]]'''[[Montgomery County Department of History and Archives]]'''<br>Old Court House, P. O. Box 1500<br>9 Park Street<br>Fonda, NY 12068-1500<br>Tel: 518-853-8186 or 518-853-8187<br>Fax: 518-853-8392<br>Website: [https://www.co.montgomery.ny.us/sites/public/government/historian/Historian_Development/default.aspx Welcome to Montgomery County History &amp; Archives]
  
'''Brooklyn Historical Society<br>'''128 Pierrepont Street<br>Brooklyn, NY 12201<br>Tel: +1-718-624-0890<br>Fax: +1-718-875-3869<br>Internet: [http://www.brooklynhistory.org/default/index.html http://www.brooklynhistory.org/default/index.html]
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:This county archives has the largest collection of family genealogies, church record transcripts, local histories, and town records for the Mohawk Valley, and for upstate New York.</ref> A guide is
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:*Violet Fallone, comp., ''Catalogue of Historical and Genealogical Material in the Montgomery County Department of History and Archives'', rev ed. (Fonda, New York: Montgomery County Department of History and Archives, 2005). {{WorldCat|74492316|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|184874|title-id|disp=FHL Film 1320716 item 2; Book 974.746/F2 A3r}}.<br><br>
  
General Library, reference inquiries and archival appointments http://www.brooklynhistory.org/library/ask.html
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=== [[New York City Department of Records]]  ===
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[[File:Surrogate's Courthouse Hall of Records 31 Chambers Street from west.jpg|thumb|right|250px|NYC Dept of Records in Manhattan]]Municipal Archives<br>31 Chambers Street, Room 103<br>New York, NY 10007<br>Tel: 212-788-8580<br>Website: [http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/archives/geneology.shtml NYC Department of Records: Genealogy]
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:From Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island births prior to 1910; deaths reported prior to 1949; and marriages reported prior to 1930. Also, the 1890 police census, state censuses, city directories, voter registrations, cemetery records, almshouse records, coroner records, court records, photos, and municipal government records.<ref>[http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/archives/collections.shtml Collections] in ''NYC Department of Records'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
The Brooklyn Historical Society is housed in the Othmer Library. The library houses special collections, archives and manuscripts, image and oral history collections. The library possesses a remarkable and unique collection of Brooklyn and Long Island materials that provides important insights into our nation's history and heritage.  
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=== New York City Municipal Research Center  ===
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[[File:Surrogate's Courthouse Hall of Records 31 Chambers Street from west.jpg|thumb|right|250px|NYC Muni Research Cntr in Manhattan]]'''[[New York City Municipal Reference and Research Center]]'''<br>31 Chambers Street, Room 112<br>New York NY 10007<br>Telephone: 212-788-8590<br>Fax: 212-788-8589<br>E-mail: [http://www.nyslittree.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/contact.requestform.cfm Contact Us]<br>Website: [http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/library/chlibrary.shtml NYC Department of Records: Municipal Library]
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:Come here for street name origins, and city council papers.<ref name="DB81" /> See also [http://oldstreets.com/ A Guide to Former Street Names in Manhattan].<br><br>
  
Formerly known as the Long Island Historical Society, the Brooklyn Historical Society has an extensive collection of genealogical manuscripts. See Karin N. Mango, compiler, ''The Long Island Historical Society Calendar of Manuscripts: 1763–1783'' (New York, New York: Publishing Center for Cultural Resources, 1980; Family History Library book {{FHL|87833|title-id|disp=974.721 A3L}}).  
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=== [[New York Foundling Hospital]]  ===
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[[Image:New York Foundling Hospital entrance.jpg|thumb|right|250px|NY Foundling Hospital in Manhattan]]Record Information Department<br>Attn: Yvonne Wintz<br>590 Avenue of the Americas<br>New York, NY 10011<br>Telephone: 212-206-4171<br>E-mail: [mailto:info@nyfoundling.org info@nyfoundling.org]<br>Website: [https://www.nyfoundling.org/ The New York Foundling]
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:This was one of two major organizations contributing to the [[National Orphan Train Complex|orphan train movement]]. Part of their archives are at the [[New-York Historical Society]].<br><br>
  
'''New York State Council of Genealogical Organizations<br>'''P.O. Box 2593<br>Syracuse, NY 13220-2593<br>Internet: [http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyscogo/ http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyscogo/]  
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=== [[New York State Historical Association]]  ===
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(NYSHA)<br>Research Library<br>5798 State Route 80<br>Cooperstown, NY 13326<br>Telephone: 607-547-1470<br>Fax: 607-547-1405<br>E-mail: [mailto:Library@nysha.org Library@nysha.org]<br>Website: [http://www.nysha.org/ New York State Historical Association]
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:Very large collection, but has more sources for upstate New York, including manuscripts, periodicals, family folders, books, maps, biographies, county histories, genealogies of New York State families, church and cemetery records, newspaper indexes, census records (1790-1930), and city directories.</ref> <ref>[http://library.nysha.org/collections/ Collections] in ''NYSHA'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref> <br><br>
  
This council was formed in 1990 for education, publication, communication, and public advocacy in behalf of state genealogical societies and libraries.  
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=== [[Onondaga Historical Association]]  ===
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Library<br>321 Montgomery Street<br>Syracuse, NY. 13202<br>Telephone:315-428-1864<br>Fax: 315-471-2133<br>E-mail: [http://www.cnyhistory.org/contact.html Contact Us]]<br>Website: [http://www.cnyhistory.org Onondaga Historical Association]
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:Very large collection of 10,000 family folders for northeastern families, histories of Syracuse and Onondaga counties, photographs, diaries, correspondence, business records, maps, newspapers, and African American sources.</ref> <ref>[http://www.cnyhistory.org/research.html Public Research Center] in ''Onondaga Historical Association'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
=== Universities ===
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=== [[Queens Historical Society]] ===
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Library<br>143-35 37th Ave<br>Flushing, NY 11354<br>Telephone: 718-939-0647<br>Fax: 718-539-988<br>E-mail: [http://queenshistoricalsociety.org/contact.html Contact the Queens Historical Society]<br>Website: [http://queenshistoricalsociety.org/ The Queens Historical Society]
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:Large facility with many indexes to biographies, local and American histories, maps, atlases, manuscripts, photographs, family papers, rare books, and genealogies<ref name="DB81" /> <ref>[http://queenshistoricalsociety.org/library-and-collections.html Library and Collections] in ''Queens Historical Society'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
'''Olin-Kroch URIS Library<br>'''Cornell University<br>Ithaca, NY 14853-5301<br>Tel: +1-607-255-5068<br>Fax: +1-607-255-9346<br>Internet: [http://www.brooklynhistory.org/default/index.html http://www.brooklynhistory.org/default/index.html]
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=== [[SUNY Fredonia Reed Library]]  ===
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}}State University of New York<br>280 Central Ave<br>Fredonia, NY 14063<br>Telephone: Library 716-673-3184; Special Collections 716-673-3183;<br>Fax: Special Collections 716-673-3185<br>E-mail: [mailto:reedref@fredonia.edu reedref@fredonia.edu]<br>Website: [http://www.fredonia.edu/library/ The State University of New York at Fredonia Daniel A. Reed Library]<br>Website: [http://fredonia.libguides.com/archives/holland Holland Land Company] historical background, contents, inventory, supplementary collections, and Holland Land Company records in other libraries.
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:The '''Daniel A. Reed Library''' at the State University of New York at Fredonia has indexes to, and most of the original patents (first deeds) showing the transfer of land ownership between 1801 and 1840 from the '''[[New_York_Land_and_Property#Land_Companies|Holland Land Company]]''' (1789-1869) to private individuals in western New York and Pennsylvania. Some names on the patents could be fictitious.<ref name="DB83" /> Their other collections also include American Indian records including primarily the Seneca, with some for the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Tuscarora tribes, local histories for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, and the bordering counties in New York and Pennsylvania, manuscripts including church papers, and databases.<ref>[http://www.fredonia.edu/library/collections/archives/ Archives and Special Collections] in ''SUNY Fredonia'' (accessed 19 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
Cornell University has a large collection of Protestant church records for western New York as well as an excellent collection of histories, maps, newspapers, and New York censuses.  
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=== [[Staten Island Historical Society]]  ===
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Library<br>441 Clarke Avenue<br> Staten Island 10306-1198<br>Telephone: 718-351-1611 (Society)<br>718-351-1617 (Museum)<br>Fax: 718-351-6057<br>Website: [http://statenisland.pastperfect-online.com/ Staten Island Historical Society]
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:Staten Island was a gateway to immigrants who moved farther west. The Society's collection emphasizes colonial records, but includes the WPA index cards of deeds, ''Vosburgh Church Indexes'' of tombstone inscriptions and dozen churches (not Catholic), genealogical correspondence, city directories back to 1883/1884, real estate and insurance maps, and photos organized by town, then street.<ref name="DB81" /> <ref>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyrichmo/misc/sihs.html Staten Island Historical Society] in ''RootsWeb'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
=== Dutch Archives ===
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=== [[Steele Memorial Library]] ===
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101 E Church Street<br>Elmira, NY 14901<br>Telephone: 607-733-9173<br>E-mail: [http://www.steele.lib.ny.us/contactus.htm Contact Us]<br>Website: [http://www.steele.lib.ny.us/genealogy.htm Chemung County Library District Genealogy Department]
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:Good indexes for biographies, genealogies, family folders, periodicals and manuscripts, obituary index, vital records index, NY county histories, newspapers, censuses, Chemung County Catholic Church records 1848-1910, and genealogical periodicals.</ref> <ref>[http://www.steele.lib.ny.us/genealogy_collection.htm Genealogy Collection] in ''Chemung County Library District'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
'''Gemeentearchief (Amsterdam Municipal Archives)<br>'''Amsteldijk 67<br>1074 HZ Amsterdam<br>Netherlands<br>Tel: (020) 664 6916<br>Fax: (020) 675 0596<br>Internet: [http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyscogo/ http://gemeentearchief.amsterdam.nl/]
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== Outside of New York Repositories ==
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[[Image:NEHGS Newbury Street.jpg|thumb|right|210px|NEHGS 101 Newbury St in Boston]]
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=== [[New England Historic Genealogical Society]]  ===
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101 Newbury Street<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007<br>Telephone: &nbsp;617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231<br>Fax: &nbsp;617-536-7307<br>E-mail: [mailto:info@nehgs.org info@nehgs.org]<br>Website: [http://www.americanancestors.org/index.aspx American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society]
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:Has an excellent '''New York''' collection, especially county and local histories, newspapers, and the [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=094&Da=7 New York Abstracts of Wills, Administrations, and Guardianships 1787-1835] from 51 NY counties.<ref name="Wik">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society New England Historic Genealogical Society] in ''Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia''  (accessed 30 August 2010).</ref> <ref>[http://www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/using-the-nehgs-library/ Using the NEHGS Library] in ''American Ancestors'' (accessed 21 September 2015).</ref> <ref name="DB55759">Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.</ref><br><br>
  
The Amsterdam Municipal Archives contains some early Dutch notarial records that are related to what is now New York.  
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=== [[Stadsarchief Amsterdam]]  ===
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[[Image:Stadsarchief Amsterdam.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Stadsarchief Amsterdam in Netherlands]](Amsterdam Municipal Archives)<br>Amsteldijk 67<br>1074 HZ Amsterdam<br>Netherlands<br>Tel: (020) 664 6916<br>Fax: (020) 675 0596<br>Website: [http://stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl/ Stadsarchief Amsterdam]
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:These archives contain early Dutch notarial records about what is now New York State, the Holland Land Company (1789-1869) land grant papers for western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania (also available from the {{FHL|20454|item|disp=Family History Library}}), and records of some early New York settlers living in Amsterdam before moving to America.<br><br>
  
=== Family History Centers  ===
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=== [[Western Reserve Historical Society]]  ===
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[[Image:Connecticut Western Reserve in northeast Ohio.png|thumb|right|280px|Western Reserve Hist Soc in Cleveland OH]]10825 East Boulevard <br>Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1788 <br>Telephone: 216-721-5722 x1509 <br>Fax: 216-721-0645 <br>E-mail: [mailto:reference@wrhs.org reference@wrhs.org] <br>Website: [http://www.wrhs.org/research/library/genealogy/ Family History and Genealogical Research]
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:The Western Reserve was a large part of Ohio at first intended for settlement by '''Connecticut''' Revolutionary War refugees. The '''Research Library''' at the '''''Western Reserve Historical Society''''' ''History Center&nbsp;'' is the premier repository for Cleveland, Ohio and the ''Connecticut Western Reserve&nbsp;'' history material. This important collection includes original land records, as well as many genealogies, biographies, histories, and Bibles from Pennsylvania, '''New York''', and New England.<ref name="DB89">Dollarhide and Bremer, 89.</ref> Includes over 20 million manuscripts for genealogical research and northeast Ohio history. They have the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials. Other important collections include the American Civil War, and the automotive industry.<ref>[http://www.wrhs.org/research/library/significant-collections/ Significant Collections] in ''Western Reserve Historical Society'' (accessed 27 February 2015).</ref>
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:*Kermit J. Pike, ''A Guide to the Manuscripts and Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society'' (Cleveland, Ohio: Western Reserve Historical Society, 1972). {{WorldCat|483574}}; {{FHL|94342|item|disp=FHL Book 977.1 A3p}}.<br>
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:*Western Reserve Historical Society. History Library. ''Card Catalog to the Manuscripts Collection in the Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society'' (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974). {{WorldCat|865891564}}; {{FHL|210248|item|disp=FHL Films 934566-69; 934617-18}}.<br><br>
  
A large collection of records is available through the LDS Church's Family History Library microfilms, and microfiche. If you are not able to make a personal visit to the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah, you can make use of many of these resources through a local Family History Center (FHC).  
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== Family History Centers ==
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Some of the above collections are partially duplicated at the [[Family History Library]] and its branch '''[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]''' around the world. Most centers can help you by:
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*Giving you limited, personal, one-on-one research suggestions (but they do not do research for you)
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*Providing access to genealogical records through the premium online Internet '''[[Family History Center Portal|FHC Portal]]'''.
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*Offering free how-to classes (varies by location)  
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*Fostering contact between genealogical enthusiasts [[File:Manhattan-new-york-808x480-AV051230 cah005.jpg|thumb|right|280px|NYC Family History Center in Manhattan]]
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There are several [[:Category:New York Family History Centers|centers located in New York]], ''for example:'' 
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::[[New York City New York Family History Center]]<br>125 Columbus Ave 1st Floor<br>New York City, New York USA<br>Telephone: 212-799-2414
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To locate one of these 4,500 centers in your own neighborhood, see [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator Find a Family History Center].<br><br>
  
For a current list of these centers see [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Find a Family History Center Near You]] on the Internet. For a typed list of Centers in New York State see.  
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== For Further Reading  ==
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*Estelle M. Guzik, ed., ''Genealogical Resources in New York'' (New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, 2003). {{WorldCat|52199100|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|1121308|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 D27gg}}. Information on more than 100 archives, including 52 government agencies and courts, 32 libraries, and 20 other archives in the New York metropolitan area.
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*Barbara Kronman, ''The Guide to New York City Public Records'', 4th ed. (New York: Public Interest Clearinghouse, 1992). {{WorldCat|17670722|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|640284|title-id|disp=FHL Book 974.71 A3k}}. Includes chapters on city government, courts, libraries, and personal information. Shows how to obtain vital records, name change records, and naturalizations.
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*Alice Eichholtz, ed., ''Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', Rev. ed. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1992). {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|479190|title-id|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992}}). Includes addresses of county courthouses, surrogate courts, and county records centers.
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*Elizabeth Petty Bentley, comp., ''County Courthouse Book'' (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1995). {{WorldCat|33396232|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|754831|title-id|disp=FHL Book 973 D24bena}}). Addresses of county courthouses and some town clerk's offices and surrogate's court offices along with brief descriptions of holdings and services.
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*Cornell University has published a series of guides to the records in each of New York's counties (except Nassau and Suffolk). The series is titled ''Guide to historical resources in _______ County, New York, repositories''. These guides inventory records, including family history and genealogy, at 1,700 historical societies and libraries, but they do not include public records at courthouses. They are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog '''''Author Search&nbsp;''''' under {{FHL|332945|author_id|disp=Cornell University. New York Historical Resources Center}}. New York County has 7 volumes; Kings County has 3 volumes; and Chautauqua County has an added update.
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*Similar unpublished material for most other counties is at the [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml New York State Archives].<br><br>
  
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You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from New York in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. Tthe following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:
 
 
 
'''USGenWeb'''
 
 
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/]
 
 
 
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.
 
 
 
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=== Reference Works  ===
 
 
 
Addresses of county courthouses, surrogate courts, and county records centers are found in Alice Eichholtz, editor, ''Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources.'' Revised edition. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, Incorporated, 1992; Family History Library book {{FHL|479190|title-id|disp=973 D27rb 1992}}). Addresses of county courthouses and some town clerk's offices and surrogate's court offices (along with brief descriptions of holdings and services) are found in Elizabeth Petty Bentley, comp., County Courthouse Book (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1990; Family History Library book {{FHL|754831|title-id|disp=973 D24bena}}).
 
 
 
Estelle M. Guzik, editor, ''Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area'' (New York, New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, Incorporated 1989;&nbsp; Family History Library book {{FHL|383386|title-id|disp=974.71 A3ge; fiche 6100654}}) has information on more than 100 archives, including 52 government agencies and courts, 32 libraries, and 20 other archives in the New York metropolitan area.
 
 
 
The Historical Records Survey has published a guide to the records of Albany, Bronx, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Kings, Richmond, and Ulster counties. The series is titled ''Inventory of the County Archives of New York State'', Nine Volumes. (New York, New York: Historical Records Survey, 1937–40). These guides are on microfilm or microfiche and can help you learn more about the history and typical record-keeping systems of New York counties. The Family History Library has all but the guide for Richmond County. All guides are listed in the Family History Library Catalog Locality Search under:
 
 
 
:'''NEW YORK, [COUNTY] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES'''
 
 
 
<br>Similar unpublished material for most other counties is at the New York State Archives at [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml].
 
 
 
The New York Historical Resources Center at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York is publishing a ''Guide to Historical Resources'' for each county in New York. These guides inventory records, including family history and genealogy, at 1,700 historical societies and libraries, but they do not include public records at courthouses. Most guides have been completed and are available at the Family History Library. The information is also available through interlibrary loan from libraries connected to the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN).
 
 
 
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Kronman, Barbara. ''The Guide to New York City Public Records,'' Fourth Edition. New York, New York: Public Interest Clearinghouse, 1992. ( Family History Library book {{FHL|640284|title-id|disp=974.71 A3k}}.) Includes chapters on city government, courts, libraries, and personal information. Shows how to obtain vital records, name change records, and naturalizations.
 
 
 
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Beginning Research
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Local Research Resources

These archives, libraries, and societies preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in New York State.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories for New York

Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute · Albany Institute of History and Art · Bronx County Historical Society · Brooklyn Historical Society · Buffalo and Erie County Public Library · Children's Aid Society · Cornell University Library · Historic Hudson Valley Library · Holland Society of New York · Huguenot Society of America · Leo Baeck Institute · Montgomery County Department of History and Archives · National Archives at New York City · New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston MA) · New York City Department of Records · New York City Municipal Reference and Research Center · New York Foundling Hospital · New York Genealogical and Biographical Society · New-York Historical Society · New York Public Library · New York State Archives · New York State Council of Genealogical Organizations · New York State Department of Health · New York State Historical Association · New York State Library · Onondaga Historical Association · Queens Historical Society · Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Netherlands) · SUNY Fredonia Reed Library · Staten Island Historical Society · Steele Memorial Library · Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland, OH)

Online Records of New York

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

National Repositories

Huguenot Society of America

Library
20 West 44th Street #510
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 212-755-0592
E-mail: hugsoc@verizon.net
Website: The Huguenot Society of America

Largest Huguenot collection outside of London, including records from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, and colonial America since the 1600s.[1] Topics: Huguenot history in France, Huguenot history in other countries, church history, French history, American history, biography, genealogy, manuscripts, societies, periodicals, and theology.[2]

National Archives at New York City

National Archives at NYC in the Hamilton U.S. Customs House in Manhattan
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004
Telephone: Toll-free 866-840-1752 or 212-401-1620
Fax: 212-401-1638
Website: National Archives at New York City
This branch of the National Archives has records created by federal agencies and courts in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The archives has naturalization records, internal revenue service records, customs lists, and records of the U.S. District Court of Appeals. They also have 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, some Civil War service indexes, and World War I draft registrations. The staff will make photocopies for a fee.[1]

New York Public Library

New York Public Library in Manhattan
U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy Division
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 315S
New York, NY 10018-2788
Tel: 212-930-0829
E-mail: Ask a librarian
Website: New York Public Library
NYPL is one of the largest research libraries in the world including excellent genealogical resources. The library has city and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records.[1] For maps, write to the Map Division at the same address. Guides and catalogs to this important library include:

State Repositories

Holland Society of New York

Library, 5th floor
20 West 44th Street #509
New York, NY 10036
Telephohe: 212-758-1675
Fax: 212- 758-2232
E-mail: info@hollandsociety.org
Website: The Holland Society of New York

Emphasis is on the early Dutch, but their collection actually also includes all ethnic groups of the Atlantic coast and colonial America.[1] For New Netherland studies, especially genealogy and family history, 3,000 regional histories (present day New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio), 3,000 family histories and genealogies, and 1,000 books on genealogical research, early American history, the Netherlands, Dutch language, art, and architecture, and religion, including Dutch Reformed Church parish records.[3]

NY Genealogical & Biographical Soc. in NYC

New York Geneal and Biographical Society

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
36 West 44th Street, Suite 711
New York, NY 10036-8105
Telephone: 212-755-8532
Fax: 212-754-4218
E-mail: education@nygbs.org
Website: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Their digital collections and online guides are their strength now that their book collection is in the New York Public Library. Members are welcome to visit by appointment. NYGBS focuses is on publications, quality educational programing, and their website.[4]

New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society in Manhattan
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Tel: 212-873-3400
Fax: 212-875-1591
E-mail: Library Reference Form
Website: New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
The historical society has extensive collections of manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, city directories, maps, and photographs.[1] Major topics: New York City and State history, colonial history, American military history, religions, slave trading, biography and genealogy, and New York City photographs, and records of several major charities such as the Children's Aid Society, and the New York Foundling Hospital (which were both involved in the orphan train movement sending orphans away from big cities into rural foster care).[5] A helpful guide is

New York State Archives

New York State Cultural Center in Albany
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Ave
Albany, NY 12230
Telephone: 518-474-5161
E-mail: archref@mail.nysed.gov
Website: New York State Archives and Genealogical Records at the Archives
The New York State Archives has the original records of New York government jurisdictions. The collection includes manuscripts, statewide vital records indexes, documents relating to land grants, land survey maps, alien deposition records, military records, state court records, prison and reformatory records, Erie Canal passenger lists for 1827–1829, wills, and estate records. The archives collection also has microfilms of some state censuses and the original census returns for 1915 and 1925.[6] [7]
The Family History Library has very few of the state archives records on microfilm. The state archives makes photocopies and performs limited searches of indexed records for a fee, but it does not circulate microfilms of land and vital records. The guide to the collection is

New York State Department of Health

Vital Records Section (mailing address)
Genealogy Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602

800 North Pearl Street (street address)
2nd Floor - Room 200
Menands, NY 12204

Telephone: 855-322-1022
Website: Genealogy Records and Resources

The NY State Department of Health (DOH) does have most New York State birth, marriage, and death records since 1881. For a fee they provide uncertified genealogical copies for:
  • Births - if on file for at least 75 years and the person whose name is on the birth certificate is known to be deceased.
  • Marriages - if on file for at least 50 years and both spouses are known to be deceased.
  • Deaths - if on file for at least 50 years.
Except:
  • DOH does not have New York City records. (However, for the boroughs of Queens and Richmond the DOH does have births 1881-1897).
  • DOH does not have Albany records 1881-1913
  • DOH does not have Buffalo records 1881-1913
  • DOH does not have Yonkers records 1881-1913
For New York City records see New York City Department of Records. For births and deaths before 1914 in Albany, Buffalo, or Yonkers contact the city registrar; or for marriages before 1914 contact the city clerk.
Waived time-period restrictions. The BMD time-period restrictions are waived for direct-line descendants who provide I.D., their relationship, and evidence of the death of the person or couple whose record is being requested.[8]
The New York State DOH also has all New York divorce records and indexes since 1963.
For mail-in service use their Mail-in Application for Genealogical Services (pdf) form
Vital Records Indexes
  • births indexes are made available after 75 years
  • marriage and death indexes are made available after 50 years.
Some years of indexes are arranged by SOUNDEX number. The microfiche indexes are available only at 11 repositories around the State of New York.
Other Sources of New York Vital Records
  • Some upstate cities began recording some vital events a few years prior to 1880: Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, and Yonkers. For further information contact the city clerk's office. Some county clerks hold marriage records for the period from 1908-1935.[9]
  • For an extra fee you also can order official New York vital records online through the private company VitalChek New York.
  • For New York marriages 1753-1783 see New York. Secretary of State, Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued by the Secretary of the Province of New York, Previous to 1784 (Albany, New York : Weed, Parsons & Co., 1860) (Online digital version; WorldCat 866730981; FHL Film 514675 Item 1; FHL Book 974.7 V2t)
See also the New York Vital Records and the New York City, New York (Vital Records section) Wiki articles.

New York State Library

New York State Cultural Center in Albany
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Ave
Albany, NY 12230
Telephone: 518-474-5161
Fax: 518-474-5786
E-mail: E-mail Reference Requests
Website: New York State Library
The Humanities-History section has local histories, genealogies, atlases, church and cemetery records (including the Daughters of the American Revolution collection), city directories, microfilmed newspapers, microfilmed federal and state censuses, microfilmed passenger lists, and periodicals. The Manuscripts and Special Collections Section houses nongovernmental maps and manuscripts. The library staff will make photocopies for a fee.</ref> [10] Catalogs and guides to the library's genealogical holdings include:
  • Melinda Yates, Gateway to America: Genealogical Research in the New York State Library, 2nd ed. (Albany, N.Y.: University of the state of New York, State Education Dept., New York State Library, 1982). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 974.7 D23y.
  • New York State Library Card Catalog File of Vital Records in the History and Genealogy Section ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Department, 1979?]). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Fiche 6332544. Microfiche of hand and typewritten cards.
  • New York State Library (Albany, New York), Surname Card Index ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Unit, 1979?]). FHL Fiche 6331486. Surname catalog of the American History and Genealogy section of the New York State Library.
  • The New York State Library also has over two dozen genealogy research topic guides online.

Regional Repositories

Albany Institute of History and Art

Albany Institute of History and Art
125 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12210
Telephone: 518-463-4478
Fax: 518-462-1522
Website: Albany Institute of History & Art
One of the best U.S. collections on the economic and social life and culture of Albany and the upper Hudson Valley region, including the best indexes to original records, documents, 1000 linear feet of manuscripts, 85,000 photographs, Bibles, and rare books of families from the 1600s through the colonial period to the present.</ref> [11]

Bronx County Historical Society

Research Library
3309 Bainbridge Avenue
The Bronx, NY 10467
Telephone: 718-881-8900
Fax: 718-881-4827
E-mail: librarian@bronxhistoricalsociety.org
Website: Bronx County Historical Society

Very large collection of manuscripts, biographical files, family folders, obituaries, cemetery transcripts, city directories, maps, photos, marriage records, and books with a cross-indexed card file covering the history of the Bronx, New York City, and Westchester County.[1] [12]

Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Historical Society
Othmer Library
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Telephone: 718-222-4111
Fax: 718-222-3794
E-mail: Ask a Question
Website: Brooklyn Historical Society
General history, especially the natural, civil, literary, and ecclesiastical history of the United States, the State of New York, and villages of Long Island, personal and family papers, municipal records from the towns and villages that consolidated into Brooklyn, Dutch and English settlement on Long Island, and New England immigrants to Suffolk County. Great indexes to family names.[1] [13] See
  • Karin N. Mango, comp., The Long Island Historical Society Calendar of Manuscripts: 1763–1783 (New York: Publishing Center for Cultural Resources, 1980). FHL Book 974.721 A3L.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo , NY 14203
Telephone: 716-858-8900
E-mail: Email Us
Website: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Good genealogy collection with good indexes, many biographies, family folders, county and local histories for the entire state.</ref> 25,000 local histories, 5,500 genealogies, city directories, New York State Vital Records Index, local vital records, 110-drawer card index of the Local History File about people, places, and things in Western NY, church and cemetery records, genealogical and local history periodicals, newspapers, maps, military histories, ethnic research resources, indices to passenger lists, immigrant ships, and English parish records.[14]

Center for Jewish History

Ackman & Ziff Fam. Geneal. Institute

Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
(Between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: 917-606-8217
E-mail: gi@cjh.org
Website: Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute
Website: Search the catalog of all five Center for Jewish History partner collections by subject, author, title, or call number.
The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute provides access to genealogical resources of the Center for Jewish History’s five partner collections, a large reference collection, online databases, and research guides. The partners’ archives comprise the world’s most comprehensive Jewish
Center for Jewish History (Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute; and the Leo Baeck Institute) in Manhattan
collection outside of Israel (more than 500,000 volumes). These include family and community histories, Landsmanshaftn collections, newsletters of Jewish genealogical societies, memoirs, Jewish Data (database), historic newspapers (including New York Times and Washington Post), American Jewish Newspapers, Pinkas Hakehillot and other Holocaust reference works, photographs, personal, communal, cultural, political and professional organization records. A large part of their genealogy resources are unique to the Center. Their microfilm collections include Jewish records from Eastern and Central Europe, the German Minority Census of 1938, Philadelphia HIAS records, Russian Consular records and indexes, and New York City birth and death record indexes.[15]

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
(Between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: 212-744-6400 or 212-294-8340
E-mail: Ask a Librarian form
Website: Leo Baeck Institute—New York|Berlin
Leo Baeck Institute is devoted to the history and culture of German-speaking Jews.[16] They preserve family and community histories about Jews in German speaking countries.

Children's Aid Society in Manhattan

Children's Aid Society

105 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
Telephone: 212-949-4800
Website: The Children's Aid Society

This was one of two major organizations contributing to the orphan train movement. Part of their archives are at the New-York Historical Society.

Cornell Olin Library in Ithaca

Cornell University Library

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-5301
Telephone: 607-255-3393
Fax: 607-255-6788
Email: Ask a Librarian
Website: Cornell University Library

  • Cornell University has a large collection of Protestant church records for western New York, as well as histories, maps, newspapers, and New York censuses. Rare books and manuscripts are outstanding, and they publish the best research guides to New York counties.[6] They also have Africana, American Indian, and Latino collections.[17]

Historic Hudson Valley Library

639 Bedford Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Telephone: 914-366-6901
E-mail: librarian@hudsonvalley.org
Website: Historic Hudson Valley Library

By appointment only. This library has unique sources for early Hudson River migration, steamboats, industries, and culture.</ref> 4,000 rare books, 3,000 manuscripts, as well as maps, pamphlets, and microfilm to explain the cultural and historical significance of the Hudson River Valley[18]

Montgomery County Dept. of History

Old Montgomery Co Courthouse NY
Montgomery County Department of History and Archives
Old Court House, P. O. Box 1500
9 Park Street
Fonda, NY 12068-1500
Tel: 518-853-8186 or 518-853-8187
Fax: 518-853-8392
Website: Welcome to Montgomery County History & Archives
This county archives has the largest collection of family genealogies, church record transcripts, local histories, and town records for the Mohawk Valley, and for upstate New York.</ref> A guide is

New York City Department of Records

NYC Dept of Records in Manhattan
Municipal Archives
31 Chambers Street, Room 103
New York, NY 10007
Tel: 212-788-8580
Website: NYC Department of Records: Genealogy
From Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island births prior to 1910; deaths reported prior to 1949; and marriages reported prior to 1930. Also, the 1890 police census, state censuses, city directories, voter registrations, cemetery records, almshouse records, coroner records, court records, photos, and municipal government records.[19]

New York City Municipal Research Center

NYC Muni Research Cntr in Manhattan
New York City Municipal Reference and Research Center
31 Chambers Street, Room 112
New York NY 10007
Telephone: 212-788-8590
Fax: 212-788-8589
E-mail: Contact Us
Website: NYC Department of Records: Municipal Library
Come here for street name origins, and city council papers.[1] See also A Guide to Former Street Names in Manhattan.

New York Foundling Hospital

NY Foundling Hospital in Manhattan
Record Information Department
Attn: Yvonne Wintz
590 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: 212-206-4171
E-mail: info@nyfoundling.org
Website: The New York Foundling
This was one of two major organizations contributing to the orphan train movement. Part of their archives are at the New-York Historical Society.

New York State Historical Association

(NYSHA)
Research Library
5798 State Route 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Telephone: 607-547-1470
Fax: 607-547-1405
E-mail: Library@nysha.org
Website: New York State Historical Association

Very large collection, but has more sources for upstate New York, including manuscripts, periodicals, family folders, books, maps, biographies, county histories, genealogies of New York State families, church and cemetery records, newspaper indexes, census records (1790-1930), and city directories.</ref> [20]

Onondaga Historical Association

Library
321 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY. 13202
Telephone:315-428-1864
Fax: 315-471-2133
E-mail: Contact Us]
Website: Onondaga Historical Association

Very large collection of 10,000 family folders for northeastern families, histories of Syracuse and Onondaga counties, photographs, diaries, correspondence, business records, maps, newspapers, and African American sources.</ref> [21]

Queens Historical Society

Library
143-35 37th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
Telephone: 718-939-0647
Fax: 718-539-988
E-mail: Contact the Queens Historical Society
Website: The Queens Historical Society

Large facility with many indexes to biographies, local and American histories, maps, atlases, manuscripts, photographs, family papers, rare books, and genealogies[1] [22]

SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

Reed Library at SUNY Fredonia in New York
State University of New York
280 Central Ave
Fredonia, NY 14063
Telephone: Library 716-673-3184; Special Collections 716-673-3183;
Fax: Special Collections 716-673-3185
E-mail: reedref@fredonia.edu
Website: The State University of New York at Fredonia Daniel A. Reed Library
Website: Holland Land Company historical background, contents, inventory, supplementary collections, and Holland Land Company records in other libraries.
The Daniel A. Reed Library at the State University of New York at Fredonia has indexes to, and most of the original patents (first deeds) showing the transfer of land ownership between 1801 and 1840 from the Holland Land Company (1789-1869) to private individuals in western New York and Pennsylvania. Some names on the patents could be fictitious.[6] Their other collections also include American Indian records including primarily the Seneca, with some for the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Tuscarora tribes, local histories for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, and the bordering counties in New York and Pennsylvania, manuscripts including church papers, and databases.[23]

Staten Island Historical Society

Library
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island 10306-1198
Telephone: 718-351-1611 (Society)
718-351-1617 (Museum)
Fax: 718-351-6057
Website: Staten Island Historical Society

Staten Island was a gateway to immigrants who moved farther west. The Society's collection emphasizes colonial records, but includes the WPA index cards of deeds, Vosburgh Church Indexes of tombstone inscriptions and dozen churches (not Catholic), genealogical correspondence, city directories back to 1883/1884, real estate and insurance maps, and photos organized by town, then street.[1] [24]

Steele Memorial Library

101 E Church Street
Elmira, NY 14901
Telephone: 607-733-9173
E-mail: Contact Us
Website: Chemung County Library District Genealogy Department

Good indexes for biographies, genealogies, family folders, periodicals and manuscripts, obituary index, vital records index, NY county histories, newspapers, censuses, Chemung County Catholic Church records 1848-1910, and genealogical periodicals.</ref> [25]

Outside of New York Repositories

NEHGS 101 Newbury St in Boston

New England Historic Genealogical Society

101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007
Telephone:  617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231
Fax:  617-536-7307
E-mail: info@nehgs.org
Website: American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society

Has an excellent New York collection, especially county and local histories, newspapers, and the New York Abstracts of Wills, Administrations, and Guardianships 1787-1835 from 51 NY counties.[26] [27] [28]

Stadsarchief Amsterdam

Stadsarchief Amsterdam in Netherlands
(Amsterdam Municipal Archives)
Amsteldijk 67
1074 HZ Amsterdam
Netherlands
Tel: (020) 664 6916
Fax: (020) 675 0596
Website: Stadsarchief Amsterdam
These archives contain early Dutch notarial records about what is now New York State, the Holland Land Company (1789-1869) land grant papers for western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania (also available from the Family History Library), and records of some early New York settlers living in Amsterdam before moving to America.

Western Reserve Historical Society

Western Reserve Hist Soc in Cleveland OH
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1788
Telephone: 216-721-5722 x1509
Fax: 216-721-0645
E-mail: reference@wrhs.org
Website: Family History and Genealogical Research
The Western Reserve was a large part of Ohio at first intended for settlement by Connecticut Revolutionary War refugees. The Research Library at the Western Reserve Historical Society History Center  is the premier repository for Cleveland, Ohio and the Connecticut Western Reserve  history material. This important collection includes original land records, as well as many genealogies, biographies, histories, and Bibles from Pennsylvania, New York, and New England.[29] Includes over 20 million manuscripts for genealogical research and northeast Ohio history. They have the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials. Other important collections include the American Civil War, and the automotive industry.[30]
  • Kermit J. Pike, A Guide to the Manuscripts and Archives of the Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland, Ohio: Western Reserve Historical Society, 1972). WorldCat 483574; FHL Book 977.1 A3p.
  • Western Reserve Historical Society. History Library. Card Catalog to the Manuscripts Collection in the Library of the Western Reserve Historical Society (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974). WorldCat 865891564; FHL Films 934566-69; 934617-18.

Family History Centers

Some of the above collections are partially duplicated at the Family History Library and its branch Family History Centers around the world. Most centers can help you by:

  • Giving you limited, personal, one-on-one research suggestions (but they do not do research for you)
  • Providing access to genealogical records through the premium online Internet FHC Portal.
  • Offering free how-to classes (varies by location)
  • Fostering contact between genealogical enthusiasts
    NYC Family History Center in Manhattan

There are several centers located in New York, for example:

New York City New York Family History Center
125 Columbus Ave 1st Floor
New York City, New York USA
Telephone: 212-799-2414
Each center is staffed by volunteers and has varying hours and services. Telephone in advance to verify their hours.

To locate one of these 4,500 centers in your own neighborhood, see Find a Family History Center.

For Further Reading

  • Estelle M. Guzik, ed., Genealogical Resources in New York (New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, 2003). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 974.7 D27gg. Information on more than 100 archives, including 52 government agencies and courts, 32 libraries, and 20 other archives in the New York metropolitan area.
  • Barbara Kronman, The Guide to New York City Public Records, 4th ed. (New York: Public Interest Clearinghouse, 1992). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 974.71 A3k. Includes chapters on city government, courts, libraries, and personal information. Shows how to obtain vital records, name change records, and naturalizations.
  • Alice Eichholtz, ed., Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1992). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992). Includes addresses of county courthouses, surrogate courts, and county records centers.
  • Elizabeth Petty Bentley, comp., County Courthouse Book (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1995). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 973 D24bena). Addresses of county courthouses and some town clerk's offices and surrogate's court offices along with brief descriptions of holdings and services.
  • Cornell University has published a series of guides to the records in each of New York's counties (except Nassau and Suffolk). The series is titled Guide to historical resources in _______ County, New York, repositories. These guides inventory records, including family history and genealogy, at 1,700 historical societies and libraries, but they do not include public records at courthouses. They are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog Author Search  under Cornell University. New York Historical Resources Center. New York County has 7 volumes; Kings County has 3 volumes; and Chautauqua County has an added update.
  • Similar unpublished material for most other counties is at the New York State Archives.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 81. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. Library in Huguenot Society of America (accessed 19 November 2013).
  3. Publications and Library in The Holland Society of New York (accessed 19 November 2013).
  4. About the NYG&BS in New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (accessed 27 March 2017).
  5. Patricia D. Klingenstein Library in New-York Historical Society Museum and Library (accessed 19 November 2013).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.
  7. Research in New York State Archives (accessed 19 November 2013).
  8. Genealogy Records and Resources in New York State Department of Health (accessed 4 May 2017).
  9. 9.0 9.1 Birth, Marriage, and Death Records in New York State Archives (accessed 6 May 2017).
  10. Genealogy at New York State Library (accessed 19 November 2013).
  11. A Brief History in Albany Institute of History and Art (19 November 2013).
  12. Research Library and Archives in Bronx County Historical Society (accessed 21 November 2013).
  13. The Othmer Library in Brooklyn Historical Society (accessed 21 November 2013).
  14. Genealogy Collection in Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (accessed 21 November 2013).
  15. About the Institute in Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute (accessed 19 July 2017).
  16. Home in Leo Baeck Institute—New York|Berlin (accessed 6 May 2016).
  17. History: A Guide to United States Historical Research at Cornell in Cornell University Library (accessed 23 November 2013).
  18. Library in Historic Hudson Valley (accessed 22 November 2013).
  19. Collections in NYC Department of Records (accessed 22 November 2013).
  20. Collections in NYSHA (accessed 22 November 2013).
  21. Public Research Center in Onondaga Historical Association (accessed 22 November 2013).
  22. Library and Collections in Queens Historical Society (accessed 22 November 2013).
  23. Archives and Special Collections in SUNY Fredonia (accessed 19 November 2013).
  24. Staten Island Historical Society in RootsWeb (accessed 22 November 2013).
  25. Genealogy Collection in Chemung County Library District (accessed 22 November 2013).
  26. New England Historic Genealogical Society in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 August 2010).
  27. Using the NEHGS Library in American Ancestors (accessed 21 September 2015).
  28. Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.
  29. Dollarhide and Bremer, 89.
  30. Significant Collections in Western Reserve Historical Society (accessed 27 February 2015).



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