QUEENS GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES (bolded links are off-site)
Municipal Archives
N.Y.C. Dept. of Records and Information Services
31 Chambers Street, Room 103, New York, NY 10007
Mon-Thu 9:00am-4:30pm
Fri 9:00am-1:00pm

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 privacy restrictions.

Marriage License Bureau
Office of the City Clerk
Municipal Building
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.

Web site
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 hours page for the latest information.

Some other pages:
Genealogical resources about the library
Catalogs | CATNYP
mail request policy
NYPL Express fee-based information and document delivery service.
resource guides
floor plans
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
36 West 44th Street, Suite 711, New York, NY 10036
(212) 755-8532
Check their web site for the most current information www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org
Most NYGBS library holdings have been transferred to the New York Public Library
About the partnership
Membership in the society.
Links page

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 www.nyhistory.org/

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
E-mail: research@mcny.org

Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Telephone: 718-230-2100
History/Biography/Religion: 718-780-7794
Micro/Periodicals: 718-780-7729

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

Mar 2005 Patty Fagan pfagan@compuserve.com