Talk:New York, New York City Municipal Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Wow, this is a great resource that will eliminate a lot of the need to do onsite research at the NYC Municipal Archives. My one question is: are these indexes still being updated with more records? I've noticed some discrepancies between the Ancestry.com New York, New York Death Index and this collection; some of the certificates I've found in Ancestry are not in this index. The records I've been looking for are primarily Brooklyn death records between 1900 and 1920.--Mb663 00:29, 1 April 2015 (UTC)


Edit to add: I finally figured out the answer to my question: it's likely that the Ancestry and FamilySearch indexes both contain the same records, but as is the case with other collections, the records were transcribed by different people. This explains why I'm seeing different spellings and such for the same names on the certificates depending on which site I check. I was finally able to turn up some of what I was hunting for with wildcard searches. Ideally I would like to be able to just search these records by certificate number (reference ID) - I already know the certificate number because I've found it in the Ancestry index, but having this information isn't currently useful for turning up the same certificate in FamilySearch because these indexes can't be browsed, nor can we search them by certificate number. Even just being able to search by the exact date of the birth/marriage/death would help. (The reason I'm trying to find entries in this index after I've already found them in the Ancestry index is that the FamilySearch index contains more detailed information. It transcribes the parents and the spouse of the deceased, whereas the Ancestry index only contains basic name/place of death/date of death info.)--Mb663 09:54, 17 June 2015 (UTC)


Unfortunately there is no way to convert the information in Ancestry's index. You will need to repeat the index search by putting the deceased's name in the search boxes for the collection.
If the death was after 1949 you can obtain a copy of the certificate from the following:
NYC Health Department
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street, CN4, Rm. 133
New York, NY 10013-4090
Or from their website.
For death records before 1949 go to the Department of Records website.
Sorry we cannot be of more help to you.TimothyNB 20:24, 17 June 2015 (UTC), User Guidance Area Coordinator