Source Information

Ancestry.com. New York State, Birth Index, 1881-1942 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2018.
Original data: New York State Birth Index, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY.

About New York State, Birth Index, 1881-1942

This collection consists of indexes of births from the state of New York between the years 1881 and 1942. The State of New York began statewide registration of births in 1881, under the supervision of local boards of health. The collection contains only indexes to records, but the certificate number can be used to order a copy of the original certificate.

Details vary, but records may include the following information:

  • Name
  • Birth Date
  • Birth Place
  • Gender
  • State Certificate Number

Obtaining Copies of Certificates

Certificates may be purchased from the New York Department of Health website, located here.