New York Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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New York, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1640-1962
FamilySearch Resources
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Archive
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in the Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of births and christenings for the years 1640 to 1962 comprised of the following:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The Coverage Table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1640-1962 Marriages, 1686-1980 Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952
Albany 5,866 554 241
Bronx 0 0 330
Broome 0 4,022 0
Cattaraugus 718 9,860 157
Cayuga 224 2,923 0
Chautauqua 0 0 10,846
Chemung 0 2,455 0
Chenango 0 3,893 0
Delaware 0 1,502 0
Dutchess 0 293 108
Erie 98,045 26,929 7,464
Franklin 0 4,605 0
Fulton 0 1,241 0
Greene 192 0 0
Herkimer 0 5,253 0
Jefferson 590 5,099 0
Kings 0 0 105,163
Madison 0 0 996
Monroe 0 13,907 0
New York 11,456 7,018 489,026
New York (State) 1,215,973 705,453 56,685
Niagara 6,058 8,563 0
Oneida 0 10,331 0
Onondaga 0 118 0
Ontario 0 2,998 0
Orange 1,826 4,990 103
Orleans 187 137 329
Oswego 633 6,000 0
Otsego 459 0 0
Putnam 0 1,949 0
Queens 4,376 0 22,246
Richmond 0 2,631 4,601
Rockland 163 0 0
Saratoga 345 0 0
Schenectady 460 233 0
St. Lawrence 2,058 9,136 1,356
Suffolk 115 0 0
Tioga 0 2,856 0
Tompkins 290 9,785 0
Ulster 0 4,922 0
Washington 0 0 1,299
Wayne 1,132 0 0
Westchester 0 271 446
Total 1,351,166 859,927 701,396


What Can this Collection Tell Me?

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

The records in this collection usually include the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Birth date and place
  • Christening date and place
  • Names of parents
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The records may also include the following information:

  • Race
  • Parents' place of birth

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know the following:

  • The person’s name
  • The approximate date and place of birth

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors 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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

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 indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Remember this is only an index, not the original records.

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the FamilySearch Catalog.

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

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800's.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

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

  • The records are very brief, so it is easy to confuse individuals in the index. In addition, an individual may be listed multiple times with slight spelling variations of their name.
  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
  • 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 that may be your ancestor.
  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog to see if other records for this place are available.

Known Issues with This Collection

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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, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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 Births and Christenings, 1640-1962.

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