Re: Death Years Outside the Usual Resources [was: How to find the NYC cemetery] #general

Paul A. Auerbach

You're right, it is difficult to obtain death information for people who
have passed away in New York City during the "gap years." Here are some
things that I've tried with varying degrees of success:

- Family History Library (LDS): The LDS has filmed indexes of NYC deaths
from 1888-1965. You can view the title details here: If you click on "View Film Notes," you'll see the
specific LDS film numbers covering the 1950s. It's easy (and relatively
inexpensive) to order LDS films >from your local Family History Center and to
view those films there after they arrive. You can locate your nearest
Family History Center here:

- JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (
JOWBR's database for New York currently includes 360 cemeteries and 65,607
burials. While this is only a small fraction of total Jewish burials in New
York, you might get lucky.

- New York City-Area Cemetery Burial Records: Several NYC-area cemeteries
currently offer online searches of their burial records. Those cemeteries
include Mt. Ararat (, Mt. Carmel
(, Mt. Hebron (, Mt.
Judah (, Mt. Moriah (
and Mt. Zion (

- Find A Grave ( This isn't a Jewish resource,
but 18 million grave records are listed there.

- Nationwide Gravesite Locator for Veterans (
Obviously, this site is useful only if the person you're searching for
happens to be a veteran.

- New York Times Archives, 1851-2004: I search for obituaries in this
database using free remote access available through my local library.

- Online obituary collection of a certain well-known commercial website.

If anyone is aware of other online resources for bridging the gap between
Italian Gen and the Social Security Death Index, I'd be interested in
hearing about them.

Paul Auerbach
Sharon, Massachusetts

-----Original Message-----
From: Shellie Wiener < >
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2007 15:00:43 -0700 (PDT)

I was wondering what Genners are doing to find Death Certificate info for the
period between 1948, end of the Italian Gen Index, and 1964/1965, when the Social
Security Death Index becomes rather standard [although I know there are exceptions]
I have many family members who passed away in the 1950s in NYC and obtaining their
info has been a brick wall for me.

Thanks & Shana Tova,
Shellie Wiener
San Francisco, CA >>>

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