It's a great time to be researching New York State ancestors - these days, family history researchers can take advantage of a constant flow of new record sets that can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
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In late 2019 and early 2020, some notable New York records sets have debuted online - read below for a brief roundup of brand-new collections, as well as some significant and useful updates to existing record sets.
New York State, Address Notification and Absentee Ballot Application Cards, 1944
This new collection on Ancestry.com contains applications for absentee ballots and change of address forms from New Yorkers serving overseas in 1944. Members of the Armed Services, Red Cross, and other organizations involved in the war effort sent these cards to the War Ballot Commission to request absentee ballots for upcoming elections. Researchers may uncover the rank, service number, birth date, and residential address for service members found in these records.
These records were digitized in partnership with the New York State Archives.
This database is accessible to those with subscriptions to Ancestry.com, but can also be accessed by New York State residents for free. Read more in our article, How to get free access to select Ancestry.com New York records.
New York, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester Church Records, 1800 - 1970
Newly digitized ledgers from the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester have been added to Ancestry.com. The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester covers 46 parishes throughout 8 counties around Rochester in New York State: Allegany, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties. View a parish map from the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester website. In addition to name searches, researchers can also browse the collection by town or city.
These records include baptism, confirmation, marriage, and death records recorded by the church between 1800 and 1970. Records like these serve as fantastic substitutes for hard-to-find New York State vital records.
The collection description on Ancestry.com details exactly what may be found in each type of record.
Catholic Records: New Images Added to Archdiocese of New York Collection
Many researchers are aware of Findmypast's ever-growing online collection of sacramental registers from the Archdiocese of New York, but in case you missed it, over 25,000 new marriage images were added to this collection this past fall.
As outlined in our article New York Catholic records online: What you need to know, a searchable index to these records has been online for some time, but Findmypast has been slowly adding the actual digital images to accompany the index. Per Findmypast, all marriage records are now fully online - index and image included.
The images are a very exciting addition to this collection because the digitized originals will often contain information not found in the index - names of witnesses, notes written by the minister, and more.
Another excellent set of vital record substitutes for those who are having difficulty obtaining or finding New York State marriage certificates! And remember, NYG&B members get free access to all North American records on Findmypast.
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