New York Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

This collection includes the years 1640 through 1962.

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This is an index of some births and christenings throughout New York. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.  This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records. 

"New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962," index, "FamilySearch" (https://www.familysearch.org). Index based on the International Genealogical Index, Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. FHL digital index. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article [Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections].

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1640-1962 Marriages, 1686-1980 Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952
Albany 5,866 554 241
Bronx 0 0 330
Broome 0 4,022 0
Cattaraugus 718 9,860 157
Cayuga 224 2,923 0
Chautauqua 0 0 10,846
Chemung 0 2,455 0
Chenango 0 3,893 0
Delaware 0 1,502 0
Dutchess 0 293 108
Erie 98,045 26,929 7,464
Franklin 0 4,605 0
Fulton 0 1,241 0
Greene 192 0 0
Herkimer 0 5,253 0
Jefferson 590 5,099 0
Kings 0 0 105,163
Madison 0 0 996
Monroe 0 13,907 0
New York 11,456 7,018 489,026
New York (State) 1,215,973 705,453 56,685
Niagara 6,058 8,563 0
Oneida 0 10,331 0
Onondaga 0 118 0
Ontario 0 2,998 0
Orange 1,826 4,990 103
Orleans 187 137 329
Oswego 633 6,000 0
Otsego 459 0 0
Putnam 0 1,949 0
Queens 4,376 0 22,246
Richmond 0 2,631 4,601
Rockland 163 0 0
Saratoga 345 0 0
Schenectady 460 233 0
St. Lawrence 2,058 9,136 1,356
Suffolk 115 0 0
Tioga 0 2,856 0
Tompkins 290 9,785 0
Ulster 0 4,922 0
Washington 0 0 1,299
Wayne 1,132 0 0
Westchester 0 271 446
Total 1,351,166 859,927 701,396

How to Use the Records

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Why This Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in New York.

Related Web Sites

New York Genealogy

New York Genealogical Services

Baptisms at the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam (1639-1730)

Related Wiki Articles

New York

New York Vital Records

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections].

Citation Example for Records Found in This Collection

"New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962."  database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org http://familysearch.org): accessed 3 April 2012, entry for Clarence Arthur Vernor Hastings, born 24 July 1892; citing Birth Records, FHL microfilm 1,376,368; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.