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The New York Archival Society works wit the Department of Records and Information Services preserves of New York City providing public access to historical and contemporary records and information about New York City government.
The New York Archival Society and Department of Records and Information Services of New York City are the key institutions in preserving and making accessible the rich history of New York City. Through its various services and exhibitions, it provides invaluable resources to researchers, historians, and the general public alike.
WHAT WE DO
Frequently Asked Questions
You can contact the NYC Department of Records and Information Services by visiting their office at 31 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007. You can also call them at (212) 788-8611. For more specific inquiries, it's best to visit their official website for the appropriate contact information.
To correct a birth certificate in New York, you would typically need to contact the New York State Department of Health or the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, depending on where the birth occurred. They can provide you with the necessary forms and instructions to request a correction. Please note that you may need to provide supporting documentation depending on the type of correction requested.
The processing time for vital records in New York can vary depending on the type of record and the method of request (online, by mail, or in person). For example, as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the New York State Department of Health stated that processing times for mail orders were 12-14 weeks. However, online and phone orders processed through VitalChek had a processing time of 10-12 business days. Please check the relevant department's website for the most current information.
Public records in NYC can be accessed through the NYC Department of Records and Information Services. They maintain a vast array of documents, including vital records, property records, and more. Some records can be accessed online, while others may require an in-person visit. For specific records, it's best to contact the department directly or visit their website for more information.
Some of our projects
More than 720,000 newly digitized historical photographs of every house and building in the 5 boroughs can be searched and viewed in the gallery. Click here
The Municipal Archives and Library has reopened for researchers by appointment only. Find out how to schedule an appointment. Click here
Introducing Historical Vital Records NYC! Browse, search and download more than 10 million birth, death and marriage records from 1855-1949. Click here
Our new facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn at Industry City is now welcoming patrons - by appointment. This major investment in state-of-the-art storage and a research space will ensure preservation of and access to the City's heritage for generations to come. Click here
Have a look to our Vital Records
The NYC Department of Records has digitized birth certificates for different years and boroughs, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
NYC Department of Records has digitized death certificates for Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.
The New York City Health Department issued marriage certificates through 1907. Beginning in 1908, in compliance with N.Y. State Law, couples planning to marry obtained a license from the City Clerk.
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