A. E. Jordan
I am going to be doing another round of lookups later this week and
wanted to offer if anyone needs documents >from the New York Municipal
Archives or naturalizations or Manhattan probate. I might also be doing
the NY Public Library lookups.
I will be available to get copies of certificates at the NYC Municipal
Archives. 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 themselves.
Generally what I do is transcribe certificates (or buy copies) 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 recently, and 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 naturalizations at the NY Supreme Court which is in the
same building and probates for Manhattan.
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 costs.
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
I am always happy to discuss any and all research questions involving
NYC area look ups.