JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Who's Babies are they? #general

Ira Leviton

Dear Cousins,

Jessi-Ann Rosenbomb asked how to determine the parents of babies, which
she found in the New York City cemeteries with on line databases, when
there are several adults with simiilar surnames in the same society plots.
She hasn't been able to find these babies in the on-line database of New
York City deaths.

If the date of death or burial isn't in the cemetery's on-line
database, call the cemetery to obtain it, and also get the age if they
have that information. Then look up the surname in the N.Y.C. database
using Steve Morse's New York City death records search, limiting it to the
year of death (include a limit on the age if you were able to get that).
If you *don't* use a first name, you'll identify babies who didn't have a
first name on the death certificate, but did when they were buried (that
wasn't a rare occurrence).

Now comes an additional part - some baby burials were actually
stillbirths. They're not in the on-line New York City database. However,
beginning in either 1937 or 1938, in the New York City death indices,
there's a listing of stillbirths that can be viewed in the Municipal
Archives (through 1948) and the main branch of the New York Public Library
(through 1982, I believe). If the cemetery has the age, it will be
obvious whether it was a stillbirth (sometimes they're listed as S/B on

If you get a match this way, then the parents names' should be on the
death certificate at the Muncipal Archives. I'm not sure of the
information available for a stillborn, but maybe somebody else can let us
know. I'm also not sure if there is an index of stillbirths before 1937
or 1938.

Ira Leviton
New York, N.Y.

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