Source Information

New York City Department of Records
Ancestry.com. New York, New York, Index to Death Certificates, 1862-1948 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT: 2020.
Original data: New York City Department of Records & Information Services. New York City Death Certificates.

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About New York, New York, Index to Death Certificates, 1862-1948

This collection consists of robust indexes to deaths in the five Boroughs of New York City reported to the Health Department from 1862 to 1948.

Death records are currently available for the following boroughs and years. Additional years will be added as available:

  • Bronx, 1898 - 1948
  • Brooklyn, 1862 - 1948
  • Manhattan, 1866-1867, 1870-1875, 1934-1948
  • Queens, 1898 - 1948
  • Richmond, 1898 - 1948

In addition to the name of the individual who died, in these records you may be able to find:

  • The Death Date, Death Location (Address/Hospital, Ward, and Borough), Gender, Race, Marital Status, Length of time in US, Birth Date, Age at Death, Cause of Death, and Usual Address of the individual who died
  • The Name and Birthplace of the Mother and Father of the individual, as well as the Name of the Spouse, if applicable
  • The Name and Relationship to the deceased of the Informant and Executor.

Obtaining Copies of the Records

Visit the Department of Records/Municipal Archives website, www.nyc.gov/records (click on family history research) for information and instructions on how to view and/or obtain copies of death records identified in the index, and to view the complete list of death records.