A. E. Jordan
I have not offered lookups for a while but I am starting to compile
request for another research trip to New York City visiting the
Municipal Archives and the NY Public Library. It might be next
Thursday depending on schedules.
I will be available to get copies of certificates at the NYC
Municipal Archives as well as at the NY Public Library.
Anyone who has availed my services in the past knows I have a sort
of set routine. On these trips I am basically working as your eyes
and legs for people who can not get to the Archives or Library
themselves. Generally what I do is transcribe certificates where you
have already found the numbers >from the online indexes or sometimes
check for missing records with the tools at the Archives.
Yes I can retrieve the City Clerk marriage licenses, the ones where
the indexes went on line a few months ago, and now up to 1950 is
available at the Archives.
As a reminder I can only access births through 1909, marriages through
1937, City Clerk licenses through 1950 (after that requires going to
the marriage bureau); and deaths through 1948. Also I can do
natrualizations at the NY Supreme Court which is in the same building
and probates for Manhattan.
At the Library I can access the newspapers, city directories, NY
Census and various databases plus sometimes retrieve books and make
I ask everyone to cover the costs including the printing of
certificates (if you want them) which is $11 each plus to help offset
my travel costs. Same for copy costs at the NY Public Library.
What I do is take the details you have and in the case of the Archives
I actually look at each certificate on the microfilm before placing
the copy order to make sure it is what you said it was. Sometimes I
have to clean up errors in transcription of numbers, research >from
your info to find the correct certificate number. etc.
I pay for the certificates and then trust you to reimburse me. I can
either scan and email or mail certificates. I type notes and email.
Please understand that generic searches when you only have vague
details (like Hirsch married Sima but that's all I know) or are
trying to breakdown a brickwall that you have been working at for
years requires an investment of time beyond a quick retrieval and I
can not include in this offer.
I am always happy to discuss any and all research questions involving
NYC area look ups.