Re: How to find New York marriage certificates #usa #general

Peter Cohen

For NY city marriage certificates prior to 1938 and death certificates prior to 1949, you can get a copy at a Mormon Family History Library.  They have some kind of legal agreement that prevents them from simply letting you download the image on from home.  You have to go and be on the FHL network, then you can save the image to a USB drive that you bring with you.

Until recently, (best accessed via had the most thorough transcriptions. has undertaken a project to transcribe the NYC vital records.  Their death certificate transcriptions include cemetery & parents names (which familysearch also includes), but they also usually have cause of death and what they are calling "executor", which is actually informant.  Be warned that these recent ancestry transcriptions are TERRIBLE. They garble the name in over half the instances. Sometimes, if you know Jewish names, you can discern what it should be (like LUNIE should be LURIE or LURIA), sometimes they get the informant's name right even when the deceased name is wrong. It's best to cross-check all the different transcriptions.

Peter Cohen

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