Genealogy

The Municipal Archives maintains historical birth, death and marriage records for the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island).

The collection includes: 

  • Marriage certificates (records of marriages reported to the Health Department) prior to 1938; and
  • Marriage license records (including the affidavit, license and certificate filed by the City Clerk) dated 1908 to 1949. For marriage records after 1949, contact the City Clerk.

Order copies of vital records online.

Online indexes of our vital records holdings can be searched, for free, courtesy of local genealogy groups, such as German Genealogy Group or Italian Genealogical Group.

The Department of Records and Information Services has been digitizing our vital records and we are working to make them available online by 2020.