ORDER YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE ONLINE
The New York City Municipal Archives has just introduced a new online platform which allows anyone free access to 9.3 million historical vital records.
This new service is part of an ongoing mass digitalization project which aims to reach 13.3 million records when it is finished. Starting in 2013, the project has now reached 70% of its total goal.
Mayor Eric Adams announced his approval for the project:
“These historical records will not only serve as an essential resource for family historians across the country and around the world, but will allow everyday New Yorkers to learn more about their personal history and explore their roots. My administration is committed to expanding access to city resources and providing New Yorkers with the information they need”.
The New York City Municipal Archives is a division of the New York City Department of Records and Information Services. It was founded in 1950 and is currently based in Surrogate’s Courthouse in Manhattan.
The Municipal Archives collects and maintains vital records of New Yorkers and makes them accessible to the general public.
The Archives hold records dating from the early 17th century to the present, making it the largest local government archive in North America. The records include:
Using the new online platform, you can easily search the archives for vital records, including:
*The archives include both marriages certificates and licenses. This is because the City Clerk began issuing marriage licenses in 1908, while the Health Department continued to record marriages until 1937. The recorded information for the 2 documents is duplicative, with additional information on the City Clerk licenses.
The dates that the digitalized records cover vary depending on the NYC borough.
The Municipal Archives’ online platform is easy to use. There are 2 different functions to choose from: browse and search.
If you are not looking for a specific record, or you do not have enough information to carry out a search, you can use the browse function.
You can choose certain parameters to narrow down the results:
If you are searching for a specific record, the search function helps you locate the record in the archives.
The fastest way to find a vital record is by entering the certificate number. If you do not have this information available, you can search by:
If you have tried to find a vital record using the search function but you have been unsuccessful in locating the record, you can contact The NYC Municipal Archives to request a search.
To do this, you need to complete the Vital Records Order Form. The Archives will then conduct a search based on the information you have provided.
If the Archives find your requested record, they will digitalize it. However, if the search is unsuccessful they will provide a certified “not found” letter.