JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Resuming Lookups in NYC #general


A. E. Jordan
 

I am going to be resuming lookups/cemetery visits in the New York area.
Generally I 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 and I visit cemeteries.

I know some of you have been trying to contact me off life about this.
If you have been trying to contact me recently about this please resend
because if you are not aware I have been off-line because my mother
passed away. My email is going to be difficult to sort out and I fear I
have lost some requests.

I also currently have requests for Salem Fields and Mt. Hebron cemeteries.
I group the cemetery requests and periodically go to photograph graves
for people.

For those not familiar with the mitzvah I perform for the group, the details
are below:

I 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 this offer.

I am always happy to discuss any and all research questions involving NYC
area look ups.

Allan Jordan
aejordan@aol.com

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