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New York Death Records

State Department of Health
Vital Records Section,
Corning Tower Building ESP,
Albany, NY 12237-0023

The Vital Records Office

Vital records registration started in New York State outside of New York City in 1881. Generally, the New York State Department of Health provides uncertified copies of the following types of records for genealogy research purposes:
  • Birth certificates - if on file for at least 75 years and the person whose name is on the birth certificate is known to be deceased.
  • Death certificates - if on file for at least 50 years.
  • Marriage certificates - if on file for at least 50 years and the bride and groom are both known to be deceased.

The New York State Department of Health does not file records of births and deaths that occurred in New York City and marriage licenses that were obtained in New York City. To obtain information about genealogy services available for New York City records, please visit the New York City Municipal Archives web page.

The New York State Department of Health does not file records of birth, death and marriage from the Cities of Albany, Buffalo and Yonkers prior to January 1, 1914. To obtain records from these municipalities contact the Local Registrar for birth and death record requests or the City Clerk for marriage record requests.

For birth and death record requests submit request to the Local Registrar of the appropriate city:
Local Registrar
City of Albany
Room 254M
City Hall
Albany, NY 12207

Local Registrar
City of Buffalo
Room 1308
65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY 14202

Local Registrar
City of Yonkers
Room 107
City Hall
Yonkers, NY 10701

The Vital Records Office provides eligible applicants with copies of birth and death certificates for births and deaths in New York State outside of New York City (1881-present), marriage licenses obtained in New York State outside of New York City (1880-present) and dissolution of marriage certificates for all of New York State (1963-present). Hours of operation will continue to be 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

New York City only has your birth certificate if you were born in one of the five boroughs of New York City, either Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, or Staten Island. Where your family lived then or now is not important, just where you were born.

Similary, they only have death certificates for people who died in the five boroughs.

Birth certificates prior to 1910 and death certificates prior to 1949 are not available through their Office.
Contact the Municipal Archives at (212) 788-8580. The address is:
31 Chambers Street,
Room 103,
New York, NY 10007.
You may also access the Municipal Archives Web site at the Municipal Archives Site.

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