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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 Location Collection Typesort descending More Info
New York State Birth Index Vital Records All NY Counties Image Browse View description
This collection contains images of the official New York State birth index produced by the Department of Health. Researchers should use this index to obtain the certificate number for an ancestor's birth certificate - a crucial piece of information needed to order a copy of the full certificate from New York State. Years covered are 1881 - 1941.  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
Ulster County Cemetery Records Cemetery Ulster County Image Browse View description
Transcribed gravestone inscriptions from cemeteries in Ulster 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
New York State Death Index Vital Records All NY Counties Image Browse View description
This collection contains images of the official New York State death index produced by the Department of Health. This index contains the vital record certificate number for death records held by the New York State - these certificate numbers can be used to order a full copy of the death certificate from the State Archives. This collection covers 1880 - 1956. 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 Biographical Index Biographies All NY Counties Indexed View description
A name index to biographical information in thousands of books, monographs, and journals related to various aspects of New York State history.   Read More
Bible Records from the American Bible Society Religious Records All NY Counties Indexed View description
Beginning in 1987, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) and the American Bible Society undertook to make the family records documented in these Bibles accessible to researchers. NYG&B volunteers examined the ABS collection and identified 632 Bibles that contained records of interest. Read More
NYG&B Member Biographies Biographies All NY Counties Indexed View description
Biographical surveys filled out by NYG&B members in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This collection includes a searchable every-name index that covers all names mentioned in the responses, not just the names of NYG&B members.  Read More
Veterans Buried in New York (Nationwide Gravesite Locator) Death All NY Counties Indexed View description
The Nationwide Gravesite Locator is a database that allows researchers to find the gravesite of military veterans and their families. This collection includes all entries in the NGL database for veterans buried in New York State.  Read More
NYG&B Record Periodicals All NY Counties Indexed View description
An archive of every issue of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record - a scholarly journal dedicated to preserving New York State history and genealogy. Search this collection by an every-name index to The Record, and find rare record transcriptions, compiled genealogies, case studies, and more. The Record is an essential resource for anyone researching New York State families.  Read More
Chemung County Histories and Directories County Histories Chemung County OCR View description
Digitized histories and directories of Chemung County, New York. These volumes provide crucial historical context and contain information on the people of Chemung County. Researchers can search all volumes or browse volumes individually. The collection description contains an overview of each volume. Read More
Chenango County Histories and Directories County Histories Chenango County OCR View description
Digitized histories and directories of Chenango County, New York. These volumes provide crucial historical context and contain information on the people of Chenango County. Researchers can search all volumes or browse volumes individually. The collection description contains an overview of each volume. Read More
The Mohawk (Periodical) Periodicals Montgomery County OCR View description
Issues of The Mohawk contain a variety of extracted and transcribed records from Montgomery County, Schenectady County, and beyond—many of which cannot be found anywhere else online. These materials often represent previously unpublished records from private individuals, churches, and other record holders. Read More
The Capital (Periodical) Periodicals Albany County OCR View description
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.  Read More
The Mohawk (Periodical) Periodicals Schenectady County OCR View description
Issues of The Mohawk contain a variety of extracted and transcribed records from Montgomery County, Schenectady County, and beyond—many of which cannot be found anywhere else online. These materials often represent previously unpublished records from private individuals, churches, and other record holders. Read More