Thanks so much for the advice. I guess what is stopping me is where some of the relatives died, Queens or in the case of the later ones, Nassau County. Can I just send for info from NYS and wait longer for the answer if I am not sure of county? I didn't think they had records as far back as the 1830s, but I guess I was wrong. A distant cousin sent away for one of her children's death certificateswhich stated her maiden name was Watts, but wanted to verify with other records. How would I go about finding out her parents' names after I verify it? What records would you recommend?