Source Information

New York City Department of Records
Ancestry.com. New York, New York, Extracted Death Index, 1862-1948 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: Index to New York City Deaths 1862-1948. Indices prepared by the Italian Genealogical Group and the German Genealogy Group, and used with permission of the New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives.

About New York, New York, Extracted Death Index, 1862-1948

Vital records are a cornerstone of family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more likely to be accurate. This collection consists of indexes to deaths in the five Boroughs of New York City reported to the Health Department prior to 1949.

Note that the index collection is not complete. The following are the currently available death record indexes:

  • Bronx, 1898 - 1948
  • Brooklyn, 1862 - 1948
  • Manhattan, 1867 -1948
  • Queens, 1898 - 1948
  • Richmond, 1898 - 1948

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 a complete list of all extant death records.

The index for this collection is being completed by volunteers and will be updated from time to time.