New York Birth Certificates

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New York birth certificates

Birth certificates contain information about a person's birth, including the date of birth, place of birth, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the birth. Birth certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.

Birth certificates can be used to establish a person's date and place of birth. Most birth certificates provide the mother's maiden name. Birth certificates are often required to obtain other documents, licenses or to prove eligibility.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing New York birth records, New York birth ceritificates, New York birth notices, New York birth indexes, and other related New York genealogy records.

Birth records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the birth takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store birth records into various online archives. This has brought access to online birth records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of births, and in addition to birth certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists. Newspapers typically do not announce the names of the newborn, but list the sex of the child, the names of the parents, the place and date of birth.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing birth records of New York. We also suggest searching for "New York birth records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain New York Birth Certificates

For New York State (Except New York City, Albany, Buffalo, or Yonkers)

For birth, marriage, and death records from 1881 to present, write:

Certification Unit
Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602

State office has had records since 1880. Cost for copy is $30.00. Personal check or money order should be made payable to New York State Department of Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (518) 474-3075. This will be a recorded message.

For New York City birth records from 1910 and death records from 1949, write:

Division of Vital Records
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
125 Worth Street, CN4, Rm. 133
New York, NY 10013

Office has birth records since 1910 and death records since 1949 for those occurring in the Boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Cost is $15.00.

There are strict identification requirements. A 24-hour automated telephone system is available that provides detailed information. The number is (212) 788-4520. Information on how to obtain certified copies and applications are available via the Internet at

For New York City birth records before 1910 and death records before 1949, write:

Archives Division
Department of Records and Information Services
31 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007.

For Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers, and all records not mentioned above, write to the clerk of the city in question.

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