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Getting started searching for a New York Ancestor:

  1. Begin by recording what you know about your family tree. Start with yourself, and enter as much information as you know. You can build a FREE Family Tree Online You can also find free genealogy software and printable family trees at Genealogy Freebies to help record your information.

  2. Vital records birth, marriage and divorce, and death are the foundations of genealogical research. Genealogy records at Ancestry.com will also provide additional clues.

  3. Write to:

    Certification Unit
    Vital Records Section
    P.O. Box 2602
    Albany, NY 12220-2602
    (518) 474-3075
    Birth and Death (since 1880) $15.00; For records before 1914 in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers, or before 1880 in any other city, write to Registrar of Vital Statistics in city where event occurred. For the rest of the State, except New York City, write to State office address above.

    Marriage: $5.00 For records from 1880-1907 and licenses issued in the cities of Albany, Buffalo, or Yonkers, apply to--Albany: City Clerk, City Hall, Albany, NY 12207; Buffalo: City Clerk, City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202; Yonkers: Registrar of Vital Statistics, Health Center Building, Yonkers, NY 10701. Others write to State office address above.

    Divorce: $15.00 County Clerk in county where divorce was granted.

  4. Use the Ancestor Search directory of hundreds of searchable genealogy databases that can help fill in the blanks on your family tree. Be aware that not all genealogy information is available online. If your names are not found in an online database, you may have to do some research offline. Try the

    New York State Archives
    Cultural Education Center
    Room 11D40
    Albany, NY 12230
    Tel: 518-474-8955
    New York State Archives


  5. If you do not know much about an ancestor, you may need to do additional research on his or her children first. For example:
    • If you do not know when your ancestor was married, the birth date of the first child may give you the approximate time frame needed to search for the marriage records.
    • If you do not know where your ancestor lived, finding the birthplace of the children may provide a clue.



  6. Collaborate with other genealogists researching the same families. You can search for them at the New York Surname List database.

  7. Military records are an often overlooked source to obtain vital records. Learn how to send away to the National Archives for military service and pension records at Send to NARA for military records.

  8. For additional help and detailed instructions for tracing ancestors, go to Learning Center

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