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- Always provide as specific information as possible
about the death event. Precise and accurate information
enables us to perform a thorough search and will result
in a greater likelihood of locating the certificate.
- Death certificates are filed according to place of death;
not usual place of residence, or place of burial.
- The Bronx did not exist as a separate Borough until 1898.
New York City (Manhattan) annexed the area west of the
Bronx River in 1874 and annexed the area east of the Bronx
River in 1895. For death records in those areas after the
date of annexation through 1897, specify a search of Manhattan
- Death records prior to 1866 for Manhattan are not indexed.
Please provide the month, day and year of death.
- Manhattan and Brooklyn deaths prior to 1866 were recorded
in ledger book format; the following information was recorded:
date of death, decedent's name, age, residence and nativity;
cause of death, burial place and name of medical attendant.
- Death record indexes for Brooklyn, 1898-1909, and Manhattan,
1891-1909, are listed by month; there is no cumulative
index for the year. For a death record search in these
Boroughs during this time period, please provide the date
(month, day and year), or limit search request to one calendar
- Please allow between four to six weeks to process a vital
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