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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Buffalo Death Index

I wrote this blog post on November 29th but waited to make it public until after an official announcement was made that the records were available. Instead another group broke the news before an official announcement was made. Reclaim the Records has done it again. The organization has obtained copies of the Buffalo, NY death …

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NY State Death Index – Mysteries

Thanks to the organization Reclaim the Records, the death indexes that have not been publicly available now are online. At this time, the records from 1880 to 1956 have been uploaded to the Internet Archive. After the records were uploaded then they have to be processed to add various other formats which also makes them …

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