New York Genealogy Records and Resources

From census records to death records, try searching some of the resources below. Some of the resources require a subscription but will allow for free searching. You can at least see if a record match exists for your ancestor. Other resources are free and have scanned images of original documents.

Resource Description Cost Record Types Best one-stop-shop for genealogy searches, family tree creation Free Trial Birth, Death, Census, Stories, Pedigrees
Family Very large collection of names and family trees. Free Pedigrees, Census, Social Security, Vital Records
US Federal Census Records Census records on Ancestry Free Trial US Census
Social Security Death Index Search for social security records of deceased ancestors. Free Searches Free Trial Social Security
Vital Records New York State Vital Records site Fee per record Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce
Old Vital Records New York City Vital records spanning more than 100 Years Fee per record Birth, Death, Marriage
History of Towns and Cities Type the name of the city (and state) you are looking for. Free Articles
Ellis Island Immigration records, ship records, scanned images of original documents. Free to search and view Immigration
Google News Archive Search archives of dozens of newspapers covers 100+ years. Free to search Newspaper articles

Places you can visit in person:

Ellis Island Wall of Honor – Visit the Wall of Honor detailing names of U.S. Immigrants

LDS Stake Centers – Many LDS Stake centers around the world are equipped with small family history libraries staffed with volunteers willing to help and teach for free.