The Municipal Archives provides certified historical birth, death, and marriage records for the five boroughs of New York City. If you require a certificate for legal purposes, you must select "I need a Letter of Exemplification" on the order form, and the record must be mailed.
For birth records after 1909, contact the NYC Department of Health.
For death records after 1948, contact the NYC Department of Health.
Indexes of our vital records can be searched courtesy of local genealogy groups including the German Genealogy Group and Italian Genealogical Group, and Ancestry.com. Note: The Ancestry site links all the names listed on a vital record to one certificate number. Please be sure the certificate number you provide corresponds with the individual for which you require an official record of death or birth.
In addition to Vital Records, our genealogical resources include census records, city directories, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner records, the New Amsterdam Collection (1647-1862), Old Town records, Bodies in Transit registers (1859-1894), Almshouse ledgers (1758-1952), and Common Council and court records. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.