New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a searchable name index and images of deaths recorded in New York between 1880 and 1956. The images are provided by Reclaim the Records.


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What Can I Learn from Death Records?


These records may include (link for sample image):

  • Place of death (Country, state, town)
  • Date of death (Month, day, year)
  • First and last name of deceased
  • Certificate number



How Can Death Records Help Me Find Other Records?


With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find or verify their birth records and parents’ names
  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find the family in census records
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct


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