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Since 1869, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has been preserving historical records that are useful to family history researchers investigating people from New York State.

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Below you will find a complete list of each online collection. Click the title of each collection to view a full description and search the collection individually.

Collection Title Collection Category Locationsort descending Collection Type More Info
New Amsterdam, Minutes of the Orphanmasters Court, 1655 - 1664 Court New Amsterdam Text View description
Abstracted information from court documents on orphans and widows of New Amsterdam between 1655 and 1663. Produced by the Society of Colonial Dames of the State of New York and published by the NYG&B in 1908. This collection can be searched, and images can also be browsed - it is particularly useful for researchers seeking hard-to-find colonial Dutch ancestors.  Read More
New Jersey Religious Records Religious Records New Jersey Text View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in the State of New Jersey. Researchers can search these records by text and can browse digital images. The collection page contains a complete list of all congregations available, including waypoint links to images from each church. Read More
New York County Newspaper Abstracts, 1825 - 1870 Newspapers New York City Text View description
Newspaper transcriptions of genealogically relevant material from a variety of New York newspapers. Read the collection description for an overview of all records.  Read More
Province and State of New York Admin Bond Abstracts, 1753 - 1799 Wills & Probate New York City Text View description
The Duke Laws of 1664 gave the state the power to administer the authentication of wills and managing the estates of people who did not write wills before their death. In the coming century, the laws regarding the probate of wills were altered in how they were supervised. As a result, we have documents that contain a great deal of information for readers looking for genealogical information. Read More
New York County Ward 17, State Census, 1855 Census New York County Indexed View description
The county originals of the 1855 New York State census enumeration for New York City's Ward 17 in Manhattan. Located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Ward 17 was a densely populated area that attracted vast numbers of immigrants of diverse ethnic backgrounds, but especially German and Irish. The 1855 census records every name within enumerated households and provides the relationship to the head of household. Read More
New York County Cemetery Records Cemetery New York County Image Browse View description
Cemetery records from New York County, New York. Researchers can browse digital images of these records, but they cannot currently be searched. The collection page contains a complete list of all cemeteries available, including waypoint links to view images from each cemetery. Read More
German Churches of Metropolitan New York Religious Records New York County Text View description
Those researching their German ancestors who lived in New York City during this time period often face the daunting task of locating the birthplace of their German immigrant ancestors. Civil vital records are not only difficult to find, but they also often do not contain the required level of detail to make the jump back across the Atlantic. This guide is a fantastic tool for researchers to use. Read More
New York County Harlem Cemetery Disinterments Cemetery New York County Image Browse View description
These records contain information about disinterments and the chartering of what would become Harlem. Along with lists of the vaults disinterred and moved between 1869 and 1875, researchers will find a letter and a legal document that chartered New Harlem in 1667. The collection description contains detailed information on the these records and their historical significance.  Read More
New York County Coroner's Report Abstracts Death New York County Text View description
The Minutes of Coroners Proceedings: City and County of New York, John Burnet, Coroner, 1748-1758 and the two volumes of Coroners’ Reports New York City, 1823-1842, 1843-1849 reports the deaths of people in British colonial New York and nineteenth cenury New York City, respectively. The causes of deaths are many, such as smallpox, accidents, drowning, murder, and falls. Read More
New York County Naturalizations in the Marine Court, 1827 - 1840 Naturalization New York County Text View description
Abstracts of naturalization records from the Marine Court between 1834-1840. Records contain the name of the naturalized citizen, the date of naturalization, name of character witness, and possibly other details like occupation or previous nationality. This collection can be searched by text and the images can also be browsed. Read the collection description for more detail on the Marine Court any why so many immigrants got naturalized there.  Read More
New York County Religious Records Religious Records New York County Text & Images View description
Transcribed genealogy records from churches in New York County, New York. Some volumes are searchable, others can only be browsed by image. The collection page contains a complete list of all congregations available, including waypoint links to images from each church. Read More
Finding Aid to the Records of St. Paul's Evangelical Reformed Church Religious Records New York County Image Browse View description
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is the official repository of the records from St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church in New York City. This collection is a digitized finding aid and inventory of the 15 register books that are held in the NYG&B offices in Manhattan. Read More
Finding Aid for Dutch Reformed Church of Greene and Houston Streets Research Aids New York County Image Browse View description
Finding aid to the Dutch Reformed Church of Greene and Houston Streets in New York City, also known as the Greene Street Church and Seventh Avenue Church. Index cards feature names that direct researchers to records held at the New-York Historical Society.  Read More
Finding Aid to the Records of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church Religious Records New York County Image Browse View description
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is the official repository of the records from St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York City. This collection is a digitized finding aid to the 13 register books that are held at the NYG&B offices in Manhattan. Read More
Oneida County Cemetery Records Cemetery Oneida County Image Browse View description
Transcribed gravestone inscriptions from cemeteries in Oneida County, New York. Researchers can browse digital images of these records, but they cannot currently be searched. The collection page contains a complete list of all cemeteries available, including waypoint links to view images from each cemetery. Read More