New York City New York Family History Center

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The FHC is open![edit | edit source]

  • The FHC is open with full online access to all microfilms and premium websites.
  • Open hours are posted weekly. (Check the weekly schedule below.)
  • We need volunteers experienced with FamilySearch or genealogy.
  • For safety, masks are required (it's a small space).

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Address: 125 Columbus Ave 1st Floor New York NY 10023 Location Map

Phone: 212-799-2414

E-mail: NY_NewYorkCity@familyhistorymail.org

This Week's Schedule:[edit | edit source]

Sunday closed
Monday closed
Jan. 25 Tuesday 10am-6pm
Jan. 26 Wednesday 10am-6pm
Jan. 27 Thursday 10am-6pm
Jan. 28 Friday 10am-4pm
Jan. 29 Saturday 10am-4pm

We Need Volunteers[edit | edit source]

Help expand our schedule by volunteering a few hours to oversee the space and answer simple questions, while enjoying full access to our subscription websites. Please email NY_NewYorkCity@familyhistorymail.org to volunteer or ask questions.

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Available Resources ... Always Free[edit | edit source]

  • Experts: Due to Covid we have only limited specialized research consultants. Feel free to come in and the volunteers will try to help you with your research questions.
    • The following research specialists are not currently available due to Covid concerns.
      • Italian Wednesdays 11am-1pm
      • African American Thursday 10am-noon
      • Hispanic and Puerto Rican Wednesdays 3pm-6pm, Saturday 10am-noon
      • Jewish Thursdays 6pm-8pm
  • Premium Websites: Free access to subscription databases at AmericanAncestors.org, Ancestry.com, FindMyPast.co.uk, and MyHeritage.com, among other top genealogy websites (complete list: Family History Center Portal).
  • New York City Vital Records: Birth records up to 1909, marriage records up to 1939, and death records up to 1949.
  • Computers: Eight (8) touch-screen PCs are available. No appointments, but we have never turned anyone away. If necessary, we may limit research time to two hours.
  • Books and Pamphlets: Guides to New York City and State research, how-to manuals, genealogical charts, and worksheets.
  • Microfilm: Before the internet, much of the data now found in FamilySearch was available on millions of roles of microfilm. FamilySearch has been digitizing the microfilm and announced in September 2021 the completion of digitizing 2.4 million rolls of microfilm with information on 11.5 billion individuals. The process of making these images available is ongoing and we have a few rolls of microfilm that have not yet been released to be viewed online.
  • NOTE: While the majority digitized microfilm are viewable in a FamilySearch center computers some will have varying degrees of access limitations governed by contractual agreements or other restraints imposed by the original record holder custodians.

Additional Online Resources[edit | edit source]


The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute

FHL inventory at the Center For Jewish History

The Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York

German Genealogy Group

Puerto Rican Ancestry

Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast

Genealogy Slovakia

Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society


Upcoming Events:[edit | edit source]

Class Schedule:[edit | edit source]