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.
- 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