N.Y.C. Dept. of Records and Information Services
31 Chambers Street, Room 103, New York, NY 10007
List of holdings
VITAL RECORDS FOR QUEENS (note that holdings are different for each borough.
These holdings refer specifically to Queens.)|
BIRTH-certificates 1898-1909, indexes 1898-1909.
DEATH-certificates 1898-1948, indexes for same.
MARRIAGE-Department of Health certificates 1898-1937, indexes for same
MARRIAGE-City Clerk licenses - 1908-1929, and indexes for same
Town and Village Vital indexes and registers (births, deaths and marriages)
for some Queens localities, 1847-1849; 1871-1898.
Long Island City is best represented.
(See vital record detail)
Voter registration information 1898-1948
The City Record, 1898-19??.
Microfilm copies of the annual published lists, by department, of all N.Y.C. employees.
These include police, politicians, teachers, utility workers, etc.
Names are organized under each city department and then by local subdivision
(ie. borough, school, precinct, fire house).
There is no name index and archives staff does not do mail-order search.
N.Y. City Dept of Health|
Division of Vital Records
New York City Department of Health
125 Worth Street - Room 133, New York, NY 10013
Mon.- Fri., 8:30am-4:30pm
VITAL RECORDS FOR QUEENS
Has birth records since 1910 and death records since 1949 for all
boroughs. Birth certificates for this period are subject to
Marriage License Bureau|
Office of the City Clerk
1 Centre Street, Room 252 South
New York, NY 10007
New York City Clerk Marriage licenses
1930 to present. Access to records less than 50 years old is restricted.
Read Leslie Corn's article on
marriage licenses vs certificates
(See Municipal Archives for NYC Department of Health marriage certificates
1898- 1937, and old town registers for earlier years.)
National Archives Northeast Regional Center (NYC)|
One Bowling Green, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10004
Phone: 866-840-1752; Fax: 212-401-1638
Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Also open the first Saturday of the month from 10am-4pm.
Researchers wishing to use textual records must schedule an appointment prior to visiting.
Visitors must show a Photo ID when entering the building.
Queens-specific: indexes to state vital records held at the State DOH in Albany,
including among these, indexes to the 1880-97 Queens certificates.
(NB. These are the only Queens vital records kept by New York State.
All other Queens vital records are kept at the Municipal Archives or the NY City DOH.)
All boroughs: Naturalization indexes and records for all New York boroughs until 1906
(LDS also has these).
Passenger lists of vessels arriving at New York and indexes
The Test Books of the Emigrant Savings Bank and indexes to same. (10 reels)
Also has the standard holdings of a National Archives Regional Center
such as Federal censuses for all States, 1790-1920.
New York Public Library|
NY City Public Library General Reference Branch
42nd Street & 5th Ave., New York, NY 10018
Access (in general): Closed Mon, Tues 11am-7:30pm, Wed 11am-6pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-6pm
but individual divisions differ. Be warned that portions of the library are undergoing renovation.
Phone ahead or check
for the latest information.
Some other pages:
about the library
mail request policy
fee-based information and document delivery service.
The NYPL main branch is far behind Queens Central Library
in Queens-focused material.
However, it has a great variety of all-borough genealogical material
and post-1898 vital record indexes, passenger lists and indexes.
History & Genealogy (room 121) has local history books, some vital record indexes and and
also provides guidance
on the use the library's microfilm collection
Milstein Division Microform Room (room 119) has genealogy material on microfilm
The NYPL Map Division
(room 117) has an extensive and gorgeous collection of maps, but of particular interest to Queens
researchers are their microform copies of the old Sanborn Insurance Maps
and other maps available only on paper at Queens Central Library.
Rare books & Manuscripts: room 328,
provides access to the
Emigrant Bank account books,
of interest to those researching famine-era Irish. The films themselves are in the genealogy microfilm room
New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
122 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022-1939
Check their web site for the most current information
The NYGBS library has a good deal of Queens material. See this
list of Queens microfilms
that can be viewed in their library.
They include will and administration indexes and libers, land record indexes and
vital record indexes (pre- as well as post-consolidation).
Whether or not you're able to take advantage of the
in the society. A year's membership will provide you with online access to
full text search of the digitized New York Times, as well as Heritage Quest online census.
New York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024
Museum Hours: Tues-Sun 11:00am-5:00pm
Library Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am-5:00pm
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave (103rd St), New York, NY 10029
Telephone: 212/534-1672 ext. 262 - Fax: 212/534-5974
Brooklyn Public Library
at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Mon, Fri, Sat, 10-6;
Tues, Wed, Thurs, 9-8;
Sun, 1-5 (check site for latest hours)
Send mail enquiries to the Brooklyn Collection
Star directories of Long Island City, 1886-
Trow business directory of the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens 1898-
Old Brooklyn newspapers on microfilm
Brooklyn Public Library Web site
For more links and addresses, see the
Jewish Gen. Soc. Manhattan page