New York City Geographical Birth Index

The New York City Geographical Birth Index is unusual in that it lists births by the street address of the child’s residence. The index records all births in New York City from approximately 1880 to 1912. In older records, there are so many name variations that you might miss a record because the name was differently spelled, so this arrangement gives you another way of finding a name and date of birth.

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As you can see, these records are 3×5″ index cards, which were microfilmed and then digitized. They have an exact street address listed at the top of the card, or sometimes a small range of addresses all on the same street like “251-300 Clifton Pl.” The information on the cards includes the child’s date of birth, the child’s name, and the birth certificate number — after all, this is an index. But armed with this data, you can then go order a copy of the actual birth certificate from the city.


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