NY State Birth Index

The index to New York State birth records is online at Ancestry.com. The thanks for wrenching these records out of the NY State Dept. of Health actually goes to Reclaim the Records who filed a Freedom of Information request for the indexes. Reclaim the Records currently has not received their copy of the records but …

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Comparing Marriage Indexes

I spent some time yesterday comparing results on the new NY marriage indexes on Ancestry and the marriages records on the website for the Rochester Municipal Archives. NY State passed a vital records law in 1880 that said records should be sent to Albany. Compliance by some small communities was spotty until 1900. Rochester had …

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NY Marriage Index

The indexes to marriages in New York State are online at Ancestry. The credit actually goes to Reclaim the Records who filed the Freedom of Information request to get the indexes out of the NY State Department of Health. In order to compile with the request, the Health Department needed to have their indexes scanned. …

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