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Below are some of our favorite free, online resources to help you with your New York family history research. Check our frequently updated “News You Can Use” column for information on new resources as they become available, or read the other articles on our blog for more New York family history news. Several free NYG&B guides are accessible to non-members here or by clicking the “Getting Started” drop-down menu

New York State Census Records and More

The New York State Archives has partnered with Ancestry.com to digitize important New York records from its holdings and make them available online for free. The New York State Census for 1892, 1915, and 1925 is already up and the remaining years will be released in 2013. World War I Veterans' Service Data, 1913-1919 and WWII Enlisted Men Cards, 1940-1945 are now available, along with many other data collections; more records are in the pipeline. Start your free search at http://www.archives.nysed.gov.

Easy One-Step Searching of Passenger Lists, Census Records, and More

Stephen P. Morse, a legend in the computer science world, has created One-Step Search tools which allow the user to optimize the results of their searches for passenger, census, and vital records across multiple data collections on his website, www.stevemorse.org. He also provides instructive articles, tips, and tools on a wide number of topics, including calendar conversions, foreign alphabets, maps, and DNA. 

New York City 1940 Telephone Directories Census Tool

The New York Public Library has created an interactive website Direct Me NYC: 1940 (http://directme.nypl.org/) which provides access to digitized 1940 telephone directories from the five boroughs of New York City and powerful search tools. Users can look up street addresses and convert them into precise Census districts in order to better navigate the 1940 Census records. They may also post their own anecdotes about individuals and addresses.

New York City Vital Records

Volunteers from the Italian Genealogical Group and the German Genealogy Group have been transcribing and indexing the birth, marriage, and death records for New York City and Long Island. Search their database at: http://italiangen.org/ or http://www.germangenealogygroup.com/.

New York Records on FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org has transcribed, indexed, and digitized vast numbers of religious records, naturalization records, and passenger lists. Data collections specific to New York may be found at: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&countryId=22.

National Archives

While the focus of the National Archives website www.nara.gov is to provide research tools and instruction on how to access NARA’s holdings, it has made some valuable records for genealogy research available on line. A list of these digital collections may be found here: http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/start-research/; the 1940 Census may be directly accessed at http://1940census.archives.gov/ .