New York Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
New York, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1640-1962
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What is in This Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1640 to 1962.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Births and Christenings

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Christening date and place
  • Names of parents
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials
  • Race
  • Parents' place of birth

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

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 Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The person’s name
  • The approximate date and place of birth

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Look at an image of the original record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information to find other records such as marriage, death, or census records
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname, unless the surname is a common surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing any original indexes to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames, middles name, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Consult the New York Record Finder to find other records

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of New York.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
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