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NYC Vital Records

Many people come into the Rockland Room looking for NYC vital records of loved ones. I want to take a minute to explain why the request is not possible. All New York City records are in the city and all the rest of the state's vital records are in Albany.

To help you understand, there are three important sites to memorize.

1). NY City Muncipal Archives, located at 31 Chambers St, holds public records for birth, deaths and marriages. Birth records are public through 1909, deaths are public through 1948 and there is a 50 year restriction on marriages after the event happened. Apparently the archives will soon become part of the Dept. of Citywide Services.

2). City Clerk's Office holds the marriage licenses beginning 1930 to present. It is located at 141 Worth St.

3. NY City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene holds non-public birth(after 1909) and death certificates (after 1948). This agency is located at 125 Worth St.

Postal History

I was reading an article in the Spring edition of the New York Researcher. It talked about philatelic genealogy. This is one research tool that I never gave much thought. Those old postcards and posted envelopes can contain information about locations in relation to military service, work, recreation, and even political interests.

There is a web site, Philgen.org, that offers an archive of envelope and postcard images with genealogical value. Its purpose is to provide postal history available to genealogists by identifying senders and recipients. The images are posted by postcard collectors and may provide important clues for genealogists. Currently there are 1,325  envelopes and postcards and in addition to the image, there is accompanying genealogical information such as U.S. census information or similiar data.

A goal of this site is to eventually to post 20,000 envelopes and postcard photos concerning New York residents. All the images are from postal history vendor web sites and archived philatelic auction catalogs. Take a look!

Genealogy Gems

The New State Archives recently announced the creation of two tools, called pathfinders, to help genealogists and researchers locate naturalization and probate records created throughout New York. from the colonial period ro the present.

The time line for the naturalization abstracts  begins in 1664 and included is a description about a book, "Denizations, Naturalizatons and oaths of allegiance in colonial New York" by Kenneth Scott and Kynn Stryker-Rodda. A copy of this may be found in the Rockland Room.

Probate pathfinder descriptions begin prior to 1787.

To view this web site, go to www.archives.nysed.gov?a/research/res_tools_pathfinders.shtml OR if you go to

www.archives.nysed you will be directed to research and then to the pathfinders link.

 

 

 

 

 

Ancestry.com

Researchers for one week, April 7 through the 14th, Ancestry is offering free searching on the Civil War site. There are millions of records including pension records, muster rolls, New York town clerks' registrations and much more. Take advantage of this special offer.

Parenting Series: Nursing Knowledge

During the month of April, there will be a series of Monday morning programs concerning breastfeeding issues for new parents and expectant mothers. All aspects of the process will be reviewed along with secondary concerns such as returning to work and storage guidelines. Qualified counselors and personnel wiil be available at the sessions. Meet and discuss your concerns with other mothers and get your questions answered. Each session begins at 10 AM and ends at 11:30 AM.

Newspaper Choices

There is increased interest in researching old newspapers as they become digitized.This eliminates those blackened fingers, crumbly pages and musty smellsl! The time saved by keyword searching has also enhanced researchers' finding.

At the February meeting of the Genealogy Society of Rockland, two members discussed digital newspaper web sites that were very helpful to them. The first is offered by the Northern New York Historical Newspapers and the address is nnyln.net. Through this you can look at many of the newspapers in north western and central New York. The articles appear and you can reduce the full page to the article. The member speaking mentioned that he was looking for information on a relative and could never find anything about her. Voila!! He found a bunch of social notes that described tea and other social meetings at her house.

Newspaper Choices

There is increased interest in researching old newspapers as they become digitized.This eliminates those blackened fingers, crumbly pages and musty smellsl! The time saved by keyword searching has also enhanced researchers' finding.

At the February meeting of the Genealogy Society of Rockland, two members discussed digital newspaper web sites that were very helpful to them. The first is offered by the Northern New York Historical Newspapers and the address is nnyln.net. Through this you can look at many of the newspapers in north western and central New York. The articles appear and you can reduce the full page to the article. The member speaking mentioned that he was looking for information on a relative and could never find anything about her. Voila!! He found a bunch of social notes that described tea and other social meetings at her house.

Program Change

On March 20, there is a program planned to honor Women's History Month. The program is being coordinated by the library, Historical Society of Rockland County and film makerand author, Lynn Manzione. Because of the passing of Dr. Martha MacGuffie, the program will be a tribute to this remarkable woman who overcame adversity and made important contributions here and in Africa. Another program will be planned at a later date to focus on the other presenters who were to be speaking at the event.

Online with Genoom!

Researching your family genealogy online and want to share your findings with your family? Go to a fast-growing online genealogy site known as Genoom. This new site focuses on the "social" aspect of family research, building networks and gathering information from relatives, friends and others. Begun in 2007 in Spain, Genoom is offered in free and premium versions (subscription). When you go to the home page you will be offered several links including photos, forum, messages, calendar and videos. Once logged on, you can choose to network with friends and relatives via messaging and e-mail, or communicate via your own customized family forum. There is much more available on this site so log onto www.genoom.com.

1940 Census is Coming!!

There is a lot of movement and correspondence coming through as we approach the release of the 1940 Federal Census. The magic date is April 2, 2012. If you want a peek at a census form and get an overall view of this decade, go to this web site: www.archives.gov/research/census/1940/. This census will be totally digital with free access, and there will be no microfilm available. NARA has no plans to index. Any censuses thereafter are bound by the 72-year privacy restriction making the 1950 census available in 2022.

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