New NY Records Online: October 2020

With so many new genealogy records coming online around the web, it can be hard to keep up!

Here is our roundup of some notable New York records that have debuted around the web this October.

If you know of any other new records we should let share, please send us an email and we'll make sure to include them in an upcoming update. 

Riverside Church, a recognizable part of the northern Manhattan skyline. Image via Wikimedia Commons

New York, New York, Riverside Church Records, 1841-1969 

This new collection features records from The Riverside Church and its predecessor churches: 

  • Norfolk Street Baptist Church 
  • Fifth Avenue Baptist Church 
  • Park Avenue Baptist Church 

There is also a small number of marriages from the First Presbyterian Church, which was not a predecessor church but was associated with the first minister of The Riverside Church.  

Records mainly include marriages as early as 1866 and as late as 1944, though coverage is spotty for some periods.

Coverage of membership records is generally more complete, ranging from 1841 – 1945. Deaths and obituaries are only available for the 1930s and 40s.  

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An example of a marriage record found in the Swann Vital Records collection. Image via FamilySearch

New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723-2009 

The Swann Vital Records Collection from the Yates County History Center in Penn Yan, NY is now available to search and browse on The collection contains a compilation of birth, marriage, and death records from various sources—mainly marriage and death announcements from newspapers, but others as well. Records focus on people from Yates County and are particularly valuable because they cover periods of time when other vital records are scarce. 

From the collection's introductory documents:

"Yates Genealogical & Historical Society (YCGHS) has been collecting Birth, Marriage, and Death (BMD) information for nearly one and one-half centuries. Much of this information comes from family bibles, family records, and newspapers, predating BMD information recorded by municipal agencies (e.g. New York, pre- 1880). YCGHS's holdings include 21 original family bibles with 83 pages of BMD entries, 145 original pages removed from family bibles plus over 40 restored pages from family bibles; 30 pages of transcribed bible BMD entries; and 23 original BMD certificates. The majority of YCGHS's BMD records consist of original, copies, typed and handwritten transcription of newspaper birth, marriage, and obituary announcements; family registers; memorial and other types of printed announcements; certificates; physicians birth records; assisted living home admission records (date and place of birth, near living relatives, etc.); and BMD records from other sources."

Researchers should note this collection has been available on FamilySearch for some time, and can still be accessed there. 

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An image showing Norwich businesses from the Gazetteer and Business Directory of Chenango County

Chenango County Histories and Directories 

A new collection of six county histories and directories is available on the NYG&B Online Records Platform.  

All of these volumes are text-searchable and provide crucial historical context that can help researchers uncover more records and develop a deeper understanding of their Chenango County ancestors. 

Information about individuals can be found as well—apart from the names listed in the directories, many of the histories include biographical sketches, lists of county officers, and other details of the people that lived in the county.   

Visit the collection page to search all volumes at once, or to use waypoint links to browse and understand what is included in each history.  

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An example from The Capital collection: Albany vital records from the early 1800s.

The Capital (Periodical) 

The Capital, a quarterly periodical created and edited by Arthur C.M. Kelly, founder of Kinship Books, includes rare and essential record extracts and transcriptions from Albany and Rensselaer counties.   

Individual issues cover a wide range of materials documenting families who lived in (and around) Albany and Rensselaer counties in the 1700s and 1800s. Learn more and search the entire collection at The Capital (Periodical) collection page. 

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