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Attention everyone!

For all New Yorkers past and present.

Our immigrant ancestors have left a rich legacy in New York City, having lived in various neighborhoods such as the Lower East Side, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, Long Island, and New Jersey. While we have access to the census and vital records from FamilySearch and ItalianGen, this Refereence Guide delivers links to the more obscure documents that our ancestors generated, such as naturalization papers, probate records, landsmanshaften, voter registrations, newspapers, and court cases.

Some documents can be accessed online and others can only be accessed through various archives on-site.

If you're planning a trip to New York, this Reference Guide will provide you with suggestions on where to conduct your research.

Course Outline

  • The Streets of New York
    • Neighborhood maps
    • Land records
    • Directories
    • Voter registration
  • New York City Birth Records
    • Poorhouse and orphan records
  • New York City Marriage Records
    • Licenses, affidavits and applications
    • Divorce records
  • New York City Death and Probate Records
    • Obituaries
    • Finding descendants
    • Cemetery databases

Skills you will learn

New York City was home to millions of immigrants. Knowledge of what records exist, where to access them.


This is a New York City Resource Reference Guide with intermediate topics delivered in four downloadable chapters in PDF format. It is designed as a handbook of reference information to help genealogists find and interpret records of their ancestors.

There is no one-on-one instruction or feedback.


This is an intermediary class. Students should select a NYC family where census and vital records research has been documented. Students must feel comfortable browsing the web and downloading files.


The price is $50.00. The fee will be discounted to $32.00 if you qualify for JewishGen's Value Added Services, having made a $100 donation to JewishGen’s General Fund within the past 12 months.

Contact Information

For any questions, email the instructor at

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