Offering Lookups in NYC #general
A. E. Jordan
I am going to be doing some more lookups in the New York area for
anyone who is interested.
I will also be doing the NY Public Library lookups and maybe also do
some documents >from the New York Municipal Archives or naturalizations
or Manhattan probate. I also will consider special requests like Brooklyn
probate or NARA.
For anyone who is not familiar with what I do, here's the details.
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.
The Library has a large Jewish collection as well as newspapers, phone
books, address directories all on microfilm/fiche.
At the Archives I can retrieve the City Clerk marriage licenses, the
ones where the indexes went on line last year, and up to 1950 is
available at the Archives. (Don't get confused by the mis-information
on other web sites it is only to 1905 at the Archives and after over 50
years old at the Marriage Bureau.) Also they have the marriage
certificates >from the Health Department through 1937.
Births I can access only though 1909.
Deaths through 1948.
I can also do the 1890 Police Census which is not online but that
requires very specific information >from you.
Also I can do naturalizations at the NY Supreme Court which is in the
same building and probates for Manhattan.
Yes a lot of this is also available if you can get to a Family History
Library but not everyone has the time or access to one of those
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. I am also willing to
look and see if things match up like parent's names or such before I buy
it ... but please don't ask me to looking at 20 or 30 certificates
because they have a similar name. 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. (Sorry the
Archives does not permit digital pictures to avoid the printing costs.)
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
I am always happy to discuss any and all research questions involving NYC
area look ups.