Big news: New York Roman Catholic records now online

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:45am
Frederick Wertz

Excellent news for New York researchers with Catholic ancestors: New York Catholic genealogy records are online for the first time ever. Findmypast has added a substantial number of New York records to their Catholic Heritage Archive

This never-before-available collection includes baptism records, marriage records, and congregational records from over 270 parishes across the Archdiocese of New York. Researchers can search millions of transcriptions of these key genealogical events and view images of the original records. The good news is that more records are being added to this collection frequently - it's such a massive trove of genealogical treasure that Findmypast is routinely digitizing, transcribing, and uploading new records all the time. 

This page will stay up-to-date with the latest records available - make sure to read our full guide to using New York Catholic records for genealogical research - there are some crucial facts all researchers should know about these records and this landmark project overall. 

Read on to see exactly what counties and dates are covered in today's release, and remember that NYG&B members get free access to all North American records on - you can support our non-profit genealogy society, get access to NYG&B member benefits, and use the fantastic records from Findmypast.  


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New York Roman Catholic Baptisms

Parishes covered: 269 - click here to see the full list (329,000 baptism records from 60+ parishes added 1/31/2019)

Years covered: 1787 - 1918

Counties covered: Bronx County, Dutchess County, New York County (Manhattan), Orange County, Putnam County, Richmond County (Staten Island), Rockland County, Sullivan County, Ulster County, and Westchester County

Each transcript contains the following information:

  • First name(s)
  • Last name
  • Birth year
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Baptism year
  • Baptism date
  • Baptism location
  • Father’s first name(s)
  • Father’s last name
  • Mother’s first name(s)
  • Mother’s last name
  • Language
  • Parish
  • County
  • Archdiocese
  • State
  • Country

Researchers should note that baptisms often contain information on other religious life events, including events that happened after the baptism - this is because Priests would often communicate and retroactively update baptism registers to reflect further sacraments. Read more tips about NY Catholic records online


New York Roman Catholic Marriages

Parishes covered: 270 - click here to see the full list. (95,000 marriage records added from 65+ parishes on 1/31/2019)

Years covered: 1796-1918

Counties covered: Bronx County, Dutchess County, New York County, (Manhattan), Orange County, Putnam County, Richmond County (Staten Island), Rockland County, Sullivan County, Ulster County, and Westchester County.

Each transcript contains the following information:

  • First name(s)
  • Last name
  • Birth year
  • Age
  • Denomination
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Spouse’s first name(s)
  • Spouse’s last name
  • Spouse’s birth year
  • Spouse’s age
  • Spouse’s denomination
  • Spouse’s occupation
  • Spouse’s residence
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name
  • Spouse’s father’s name
  • Spouse’s mother’s name
  • Language
  • County
  • Archdiocese
  • State

Good luck with your searching! We highly recommend you read our blog, New York Catholic records online: What you need to know - we round up the most important tips and facts about this collection.

NYG&B members can also watch a webinar from Jen Baldwin, Data Acquisition Manager for Findmypast: Exploring New York’s Catholic Stories: The Archdiocese of New York Collection on Findmypast

Make sure to sign up for our email newsletter above - we will make sure to let you know about each and every update as this groundbreaking collection grows. 


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