Ancestry Research

Tracing your family ancestry is wonderful – and frustrating.  It’s a journey back in time without a map.  Every finding will bring great excitement.  Every finding will lead you on another endless journey.

A little guidance can streamline your efforts and maximize your research findings.  I can help.

I provide consulting/tutoring to help you understand the available resources you will need to streamline your journey into your family history. 

I have been researching my family history since the late 1990s when I located an 8mm film of my parents’ wedding in 1949.  Since then I have been hooked.  I have spent hundred of hours researching, compiling, and organizing endless tid-bits of the lives of my ancestors.  After twenty years, I have learned so much about my family that nobody in my family knew.

Here are a few resources and research techniques that are critical to anyone who want s to learn mroe about their family history

WEB SITES – GENERAL

  • Ancestry.com  This is an online subscription database that includes millions or records, including census documents, military registrations, naturalization records, and so much more.
  • FamilySearch.org  This is free online database that includes a subset of Ancestry.com for FREE.  It’s a great place to being you research.
  • ItalianGen.org  A FREE online database of vital records of New York City residents.  While it began as a resource documenting Italian in NYC, it includes everybody.  It’s fantastic.

WEB SITES – NYC VITAL STATISTICS

  • Social Security Application (SS5)   Get a copy of an original Social Security Number application.  Forms $27
  • Birth records before 1910
  • Death Records before 1948   Online at NYC Vital Statistics.
  • Death certificate form NYC after 1948 – PDF Form with ID
  • ALL Records Outside of NYC – Use form “General Information and Application for Genealogical Services” for birth, marriage, and death records outside of NYC.
  • Marriage Records BEFORE 1930
  • Marriage Records FROM 1930 – City Clerk’s Office, Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street, Room 252, New York, N.Y. 10007.  212-669-8170.  Marriage Indexes, all boroughs, 1930 – present. Marriage Records, all boroughs, 1930 – present.  Fees and Copies: $15 certified check for a one year/one borough search.  Each additional year searched is $3. Only records over 50 years old can be requested.

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES

  • Visit cemeteries  If you know where your ancestors are buried, take a trip to their grave site.  A lot of personal information is available on their tombstone