New York, State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Type State Health Department
Collection years 1957-1963
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What is in the Collection?

These records include an index to death records from the state of New York, excluding New York City, for the years 1957-1963. This index is provided by the State Department of Health. The index will allow the public to search for individuals on a variety of genealogy criteria if the information has been in the file for at least 50 years. For more information, see New York Vital Records information.

Collection Content

The index includes:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Gender
  • Age
  • File number
  • Names of descendents

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it would be helpful to know:

  • Name of deceased
  • Other identifying information such as age or death date

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page :
Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the name and file number to search the State Department of Health records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the name and age to search census and probate indexes.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.

Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

“New York, State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957-1963.” Database. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing State Department of Health. Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for New York, State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957-1963.

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