New York State Public Records

Statewide Record Locations: 3

Metro Area Counties:

New York City | Suffolk | Nassau

Public Records in New York

National Archives
birth records death records marriage records
NARA’s Northeast Region (New York City)Link_out
201 Varick Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10014-4811
PHONE:
(212) 401-1620
PHONE:
(866) 840-1752
FAX:
(212) 401-1638
EMAIL:
newyork.archives@nara.gov
CONTACT:
Nancy M. Shader, Director
HOURS:
Mon–Fri 8:00–4:30, first Sat 8:30–4:00 (Sat microfilm only, no original records)
RECORDS:
Birth Records from 1880 to 1928.
Death Records from 1880 to 1955.
Marriage Records from 1880 to 1955.
NOTES:
  • Areas served: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands [permanent records].
  • Federal census records for all states and New York passenger arrivals on microfilm, also naturalization records for New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico.
  • Houses microfiche guides to the older vital records of New York State [except New York City].
State Archives
New York State ArchivesLink_out
New York Department of Education
Cultural Education Center, Room 11D40
Albany, NY 12230
PHONE:
(518) 474-8955
FAX:
(518) 473-7573
EMAIL:
archref@mail.nysed.gov
HOURS:
Mon–Fri 9:00–5:00
NOTES:
  • Archival records of New York State government agencies, mostly administrative and not of use to genealogists.
Vital
birth records death records marriage records
New York State Department of HealthLink_out
Vital Records Section
800 North Pearl Street
Menands, NY 12204
MAIL:
PO Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602
PHONE:
(518) 474-3077
PHONE:
(518) 486-1863
EMAIL:
vr@health.state.ny
CONTACT:
Supervisor, Genealogy Unit, Vital Records Section
RECORDS:
Birth Records from 1881: Direct descendants only after 1922.
Death Records from 1881: Direct descendants only after 1947.
Marriage Records from 1881: Direct descendants only after 1947.
NOTES:
  • Vital records for New York State, exclusive of New York City.
  • Processing time is four months for genealogy requests, but may be obtained more rapidly from the local registrar/clerk of the district where the event occurred.