Repositories Accessible Through Our Minisearch Service

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The following is a guide to the records contained at four of the repositories accessible through the NYG&B Minisearch Service for NYG&B members.

Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History, and Genealogy at The New York Public Library

The Milstein Division of the New York Public Library houses a range of genealogical and historical materials, all of which are searchable through the NYPL Online Catalog. Holdings include, but are not limited to:

  • New York City Vital Records Indexes including Births (19thcentury-1982), Deaths (Manhattan 1801-1890; Brooklyn 1848-1898; Richmond 1847-1897; all boroughs 1898-1982), Marriages (1869-1937), Coroner’s Inquisitions (1823-1898), and Divorces (1784-1910)
  • United States Federal Census, 1790-1930
  • New York State Census for all years and counties
  • New Jersey State Census for 1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1905, and 1915
  • 1890 New York City “Police” Census including Manhattan and the Bronx
  • Passenger Lists from the Port of New York (1789-1919)
  • Naturalization Records including printed indexes of passenger and immigration lists and 20th-century records from Queens (1794-1941) and the Bronx (1914-1952)
  • D.A.R. and Loyalist Sources including the New York State D.A.R. Genealogical Records Committee publications of New York Bible, Cemetery, and Vital Records, and American Loyalist Claims from the British Public Records Office
  • Irish Sources including Tithe Applotment Books (1823-1832) and New York Savings Bank Records
  • African American Sources including Register of Freemen in New Amsterdam and New York (1683-1775)
  • City and Telephone Directories including all New York State and City directories through the 1930s and an extensive collection from other cities
  • Newspapers including the New York Herald Index (1835-1918)
  • Family Histories and Periodicals including hundreds of genealogical journals and selected family newsletters
  • Probate Records in New York State (1759-1786; 1802-1858); in New York County (1743-1910); Queens County (1835-1898); Westchester County (1813-1983); Kings County (1829-1862); Richmond County (1787-1929)

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Other NYPL Resources

Additional genealogical and historical material may be found in the Library’s other divisions, including:

  • The Rare Books Division, which features printed books from Continental Europe, England, the Americas dating from the fifteenth century to the present.
  • The Manuscripts and Archives Division, which includes many documents pertaining to New York individuals, families, and organizations throughout American history.

 

Municipal Archives of New York City

The Municipal Archives of New York City houses the records of the New York City government spanning from the early 17th century to the present and including all five boroughs. Holdings include, but are not limited to:

  • Birth Records for Manhattan (1847-1848, 1853-1909), Brooklyn (1866-1909), Bronx (1898-1909), Queens (1898-1909), and Richmond (1898-1909)
  • Death Records for Manhattan (1795, 1802-1804, 1808, 1812-1948), Brooklyn (1847-1853, 1857-1948), Bronx (1898-1948), Queens (1898-1948), and Richmond (1898-1948)
  • Marriage Records for Manhattan (1847-1848; 1853-1929), Brooklyn (1866-1929), Bronx (1898-1929), Queens (1898-1929), and Richmond (1898-1929)
  • Census Records of Manhattan (1890 Police Census), Brooklyn (1855, 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915), and Richmond (1855, 1865, 1870, 1875, 1880, 1915, 1925)
  • City Directories of Manhattan (1873-1913, 1915-1918, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1931, 1933) and Brooklyn (1796, 1802, 1811, 1822-1826, 1829-1910, 1912-1913, 1933)
  • Legislative Branch Records dating back to the 17th century
  • Photographs including a collection of 6,000 “Bertillon” cards (photographs of criminals); a collection of photographs taken as part of the WPA Federal Writers’ Project; and a collection of photographs of every building in the city circa 1940
  • Robert Moses Papers, 1934-1959

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

  • Almshouse, 1758-1953 featuring admission, discharge, census, and housekeeping records for the Almshouse, Workhouse, and hospitals located on Blackwell’s Island
  • Assessed Valuation of Real Estate, 1789-1979 including property tax assessments of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Richmond
  • City Cemetery, 1881-1950s featuring ledgers recording burials in the City Cemetery on Hart Island (Potter’s Field)
  • Civil List featuring records of every employee of the City of New York from 1883 to 1968
  • Coroner and Office of Chief Medical Examiner, 1823-1946 featuring death records and forensic analysis
  • Court Records, 1684-1966 New York County Court of General Sessions (1684-1920); Estate Inventories (1780-1839)
  • “Old Towns,” 1663-1898 featuring the records of cities, towns, and villages in Westchester, Queens, and Richmond prior to their consolidation into New York City

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The National Archives at New York City

The National Archives at New York City houses Federal records from New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands dating from 1685 to the 1990s and including textual documents, photographs, maps, and drawings. A selection of these materials is searchable through NARA’s Archival Research Catalog.  Holdings include, but are not limited to:

    United States Federal Census, 1790-1930 for all states

    • Canadian Border Entry Records
    • Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files
    • Court Records pertaining to organized crime, the arts, and censorship
    • Customs Records 1789-1950 (vessel and port name are needed beforehand)
    • Dawes Commission Final Cards of the Five Civilized Tribes
    • Freedmen’s Bureau and Records Pertaining to African American Families
    • Military Records from all American wars, including draft records, naval records, pension indexes, and pension and bounty land application files
    • Naturalization Records including Declarations of Intention (1842-1959; 1968-1991); Petitions for Naturalization (1824-1991); Declarations of Intention and Petitions for Naturalization in Camden, Newark, and Trenton, NJ; Castle Garden and Ellis Island immigration records
    • Passenger Arrival Lists for the Port of New York (1820-1957), and selected other ports including Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore
    • Records of Historical People including Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Susan B. Anthony, Emma Goldman, Marcus Garvey, Adam Clayton Powell, Dutch Schultz, Jimmy Hoffa, and Alger Hiss
    • Vital Records from New York City (Manhattan Death (1891-1948), All Boroughs Death (1912-1919), All Boroughs Grooms Index (1908-1936), Brooklyn and Manhattan Grooms Index (1895-1897), Brooklyn, Queens, and Bronx Bride Index (up to 1936) and State (only indexes; not actual records)

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    New-York Historical Society

    The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society is one of the oldest independent research libraries in the United States and is rich in genealogically pertinent material that pertains to New York families.  Its collections are searchable through the N-YHS Online Catalog. Its holdings comprise three main collection categories:

    • Printed Collection of 350,000 books and pamphlets; 10,000 newspaper titles (or over 1 million issues); 18,000 broadsides; over 10,000 published maps and atlases; 15,000 pieces of sheet music; 10,000 dining menus; and over 500 hotel files.
    • Graphic Collection of prints (engravings and lithographs); photographs; architectural collections; and ephemera (trade cards and other advertisements, broadsides, sheet music, and other paper items).
    • Manuscript Collection of over 2 million items of archival material including family papers and organizational and business records that document the lives of important New Yorkers and Americans as well as average citizens. The bulk of the manuscript collections are from the 18th and 19th centuries, but there are also important materials from the 17th century and a growing number of 20th and 21st century collections.

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