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State Resources — New York

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has birth, death, and marriage records since 1880, divorce records since January 1963. For records before 1914 in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers, or before 1880 in any other city, write to Registrar of Vital Statistics in city where event occurred. For the rest of the State, except New York City, write to State office.

Birth and Death Records

Call (518) 474-3075 for information on record lookup fees.
Write to:
Certification Unit
Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602

Marriage and Divorce Records

Call (518) 474-3075. This is a recorded message.
Write to:
Certification Unit
Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602

For records from 1880-1907 and licenses issued in the cities of Albany, Buffalo, or Yonkers, apply to:
Albany: City Clerk, City Hall, Albany, NY 12207
Buffalo: City Clerk, City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202
Yonkers: Registrar of Vital Statistics, Health Center Building, Yonkers, NY 10701.

Costs will vary.

For divorce records, contact the County Clerk in the county where the divorce was granted. Cost will vary.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have an index to vital records, military records, Revolutionary War, Spanish-American War, and World War I military records, states census records from 1819-1925, property records, tax records, tax assessment rolls from 1799-1804 except for New York City, civil and criminal court records, and 80,000 maps from the 17th century. For a complete list of holdings, call and ask for leaflet #1.

Write to:
New York State Archives
New York Department of Education
Cultural Education Center, Room 11D40
Albany, NY 12230
Telephone:(518) 474-8955
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00, closed Saturday, Sunday, and all state holidays.

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
122 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10022-1939
Telephone: (212) 755-8532
  Publication: New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (Emphasis on New York and the northeast, but collects materials for all states, Canada and Great Britain)


The Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Telephone: (718) 222-4111


Central New York Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 104
Covin Station
Syracuse, NY 13205


New York State Historical Association
P.O. Box 800
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Telephone: (607) 547-1470

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