New York City Birth Index

The New York City Birth Index collection is fully searchable and fully accessible to all researchers. 

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Collection Category: Vital Records, Unlocked|Collection Type: OCR|Location: New York City

Collection Category: Vital Records | Collection Type: OCR | Location: New York City

This collection contains text searchable images of the official New York City birth index produced by the NYC Department of Health. Organized by year, names are arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the last name. The index represents births reported in all five boroughs of New York City from 1911 to 1928, with new volumes released on an ongoing basis. Up until 1928, volume 1 represents Manhattan, while volume 2 represents the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Richmond (Staten Island). For 1928 and beyond, volume 1 includes Manhattan and the Bronx, with volume 2 representing the rest of the boroughs. Names, dates of birth, and certificate numbers can be found in the index, the latter of which can be used to submit requests for birth certificates to the NYC Department of Health.

The 1911 volumes are of  particular significance. Although Ancestry has a version of this index, NYG&B’s images are more legible (including the certificate numbers) and—most importantly—our collection is currently the only place online to find the 1911 Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island indexes.

Researchers can search all of the indexes using the search box or start browsing an individual volume by selecting any of the titles. 

1911 Births, Volume 1

1911 Births, Volume 2

1912 Births, Volume 1

1912 Births, Volume 2

1913 Births, Volume 1

1913 Births, Volume 2

1914 Births, Volume 1

1914 Births, Volume 2

1915 Births, Volume 1

1915 Births, Volume 2

1916 Births, Volume 1

1916 Births, Volume 2

1917 Births, Volume 1

1917 Births, Volume 2

1918 Births, Volume 1

1918  Births, Volume 2

1919 Births, Volume 1

1919 Births, Volume 2

1920 Births, Volume 1

1920 Births, Volume 2

1921 Births, Volume 1

1921 Births, Volume 2

1922 Births, Volume 1

1922 Births, Volume 2

1923 Births, Volume 1

1923 Births, Volume 2

1924 Births, Volume 1

1924 Births, Volume 2

1925 Births, Volume 1

1925 Births, Volume 2

1926 Births, Volume 1

1926 Births, Volume 2

1927 Births, Volume 1

1927 Births, Volume 2

1928 Births, Volume 1

1928 Births, Volume 2

1929 Births, Volume 1

1929 Births, Volume 2

1930 Births, Volume 1

1930 Births, Volume 2

Read our introductory and comprehensive guides to finding New York vital records.