Reclaim The Records publishes Yonkers, New York birth and death records from late 19th and early 20th centuries #announcements #usa


HELLO, YONKERS! Reclaim The Records has won our Freedom of Information fight for the birth and death records from Yonkers, New York! They're now online, and free!

After literally years of negotiating and haggling (although luckily stopping short of yet another lawsuit), we are pleased to announce this first-ever publication of tens of thousands of late nineteenth and early twentieth century births and deaths for Yonkers. We've photographed the alphabetical indices, and for most years we were able to photograph the full birth and death registers, too!

And none of these record books had ever been available to the public to use or browse before, not even on microfilm at a library. And the people listed in these records were generally not in the statewide birth and death indices that we previously acquired and published for New York.

These photos are all new, and they're gorgeous. Here's a sample:

Click here to read our latest newsletter with all the details, and with direct links to all the now-online record books, which span from roughly 1875 to 1916, with a few gaps.

Thanks go to our attorney Dave Rankin for handling all the legal paperwork that finally got the Yonkers City Clerk's Office to stop messing around and give the public our rightful access to these important historical records. And a special shout-out to our intrepid RTR board member Jonathan Webb Deiss for going on a road trip last October to laboriously photograph these books for us.

And if you're happy to see these kinds of free (and copyright-free) historical records go online, we hope you'll consider making a donation to support our work -- so that we can do more of it, and reclaim more records for more towns and cities and states. We're a 501c3 non-profit organization, so donations may be tax-deductible in the United States.

Enjoy the new records! And we have a lot more coming soon.
- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Mill Valley, California
President and Founder, Reclaim The Records

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