A meeting of the National Medical Convention in Philadelphia held in changed all that when a resolution was passed to encourage statewide registration of births, marriages, and deaths via legislation from the individual states.
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New York jumped on board with the resolution and passed a law Chapter requiring the registration of vital events. Unfortunately, the resulting law was convoluted. The trustees of each school district there were over 10, school districts in New York at the time were required to review the records of the local midwives and doctors and compile births, marriages and deaths and report them to the local town or city clerk.
The town and city clerks were to compile and submit a report to the county clerk who then reported to the Secretary State. The Secretary of State was then required to submit a report to the State Legislature.
On December 19, the Secretary of State wrote to all County Clerks: "Dear Sir, I have concluded not to forward the blanks for the Report of Births, Marriages and Deaths, until the law is so amended as to enable me to receive full and correct reports from the entire state. Therefore all action under the law will be, for the present, suspended. Although most action under this law seems to have stopped at the end of , the actual law stayed on the books until In Chapter of that year's laws, paragraph 9 repealed "Chapter one hundred fifty-two of the laws of Another attempt by the state to collect death records was begun in in which the assessor of each town or ward was directed to accumulate the data.
Chapter This law was repealed in Chapter In the years following the failed law, some of the cities in New York did start keeping their own vital records. The vital records for this time period are held by the cities that created them and copies are not on file with the state. The cities that kept early vital records included:. In , New York created a State Board of Health which was given the responsibility of overseeing the registration of vital statistics.
New York then passed a law that required births, marriages, and deaths be reported to the town, village, or city clerk within three days of their occurrence. The local clerks were then to create a copy of each vital record and forward the originals to the State Board of Health.
An addendum established penalties for those who failed to report vital events. Because Albany, Buffalo, Yonkers, New York, and Brooklyn were already keeping their own vital records when the Law was passed, they were considered exempt. Statewide registration of vital statistics began in and was usually complied with by for deaths and by for births.
In some areas of Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley, some births, marriages, and deaths were recorded in town records as early as about For example, Amenia, Dutchess County, has vital records beginning in Few towns complied with this early law, however. Births, marriages, and deaths were also recorded for a short time in most counties from to about The state legislature passed a law in requiring school district clerks to send information to the Secretary of State.
The law was difficult to enforce, and most school districts stopped doing this by Historical societies have some of these records, but most are still in the possession of town and county clerks.
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The very few — vital records that were once on deposit in the New York State Archives have been returned to the towns that deposited them at the archives. Click here to see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of New York county birth records. Click here to see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of New York county death records. Births and deaths are recorded in the town, village, or city where the event took place. If you know the birth or death place, write to the town, village, or city clerk to obtain a copy of the certificate or record.
Ten copies of the official New York state microfiche index are available to be searched in New York. Without this list, these copies can be difficult to locate because of misinformation and a limited web presence. The New York State Archives website lists the following information:  Copies of the microfiche index to vital records certificates held by the NYS Department of Health are located at the following locations:. Available Monday through Friday, , and Saturday, except State holidays.
No appointment is needed to use the indexes. Researchers must produce identification, sign a registration form, and comply with the rules of the research room.
Several microfiche readers are available for use, however, researchers will be limited to one hour's use of a microfiche reader, if other persons are waiting to use the readers. Note: Staff will search index for a fee. Note: Staff will conduct a basic look-up at no charge. Patchogue-Medford Library—54 E.
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Main Street, Patchogue, NY ; telephone ; website www. Finding your ancestor on the index is only the first step. You can obtain births and deaths since except New York City for a fee by writing to:. There is a year restriction on death records and a year restriction on birth records. The state fees and restrictions apply also to records held by the local clerks. Birth and death records for Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers to are filed with local registrars, and the state restrictions apply.
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Albany births and deaths , births to the present, and deaths to the present can be obtained for a fee from:. New York City. The Bronx was made a separate borough when the five boroughs were created in , and in it was made a separate county as well. The facility was an overflow extension of the Foundling's facilities on 68th Street. The subseries consists of two volumes of records of mothers who resided temporarily at the Foundling.
Both volumes are arranged chronologically. There is some overlap of information in the volumes.
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The subseries consists of 11 volumes of patients' records, followed by 86 Birth Registry volumes, followed by 2 volumes of baptismal records from St. Ann's Maternity Hospital. The 11 volumes of patients' records are chronological records spanning , with a gap between December and May, and another gap between February and January. The records record the mother's name, maiden name, age, and country of birth; the father's name, age, country of birth and profession; the child's name, birthdate, and case number if applicable; a contact address; a record of payment; and sometimes the doctor's name.
The records record the mother's name and age, along with a detailed medical report of the labor and birth, signed by the doctor and nurse. The 86 Birth Registry volumes contain the birth certificate stubs of children born at St. Ann's, These birth certificate stubs provide the same information as the birth certificate. The volumes are roughly chronological, with one child's certificate per page.
The baptismal records span the years The first volume is organized alphabetically by child. Most of the entries are from , with a few added entries up to The second volume is arranged chronologically. Joseph's-by-the-Sea, Subseries IV. Agatha Home for Children, Subseries V. Agatha Reports and Inspections, Subseries V. Agatha Records, Chronological, Subseries V. If you spot any issues, please Contact Us.
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