QUEENS GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES (bolded links are off-site)
New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Section
Corning Tower Building/ESP
Albany, NY 12237-0023
Phone (518) 474-3077
Has Queens birth and marriage certificates 1881 to 1897 and death certificates from June 1880 to 1897.
With a few exceptions (New York City boroughs being one of them) NYSDOH also holds certificates for other localities NY State.
Mail requests
Be sure to download forms from their site and follow their instructions carefully. Turnaround time can be 6 months or longer. Note: The NYSDOH restricts access of death records to direct descendents if the death record is on file less than 50 years, but their Queens records are far beyond that restriction.

New York State Library
Cultural Education Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12230
(518) 474-5355
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

NYSL Web site at www.nysl.nysed.gov/
Excelsior catalog
Their page on genealogical holdings is a pathway to useful information and link collections.
Digital collections

The New York State Newspaper Project has cataloged Microfilm of archival newspapers available for Inter Library Loan
See their policy on Inter-Library Loans
Also see their database of newspaper holdings at various libraries around the state
Genealogies, church and cemetery records
NYS census for Queens: 1915, 1925.
All Federal Censuses.
Queens phone directories: 1927 - 1974 (film)

New York State Archives
Cultural Education Center 11040, Albany, NY 12230
(518) 474-8955
New York State Archives and Records Administration - The State Education Department, Cultural Education Center, 11th Floor, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230. www.archives.nysed.gov

List of genealogical holdings at the NYS Archives
The only New York City material the NYSA holds are microfiche indexes to Queens and Staten Island certificates prior to 1898. (That is, before they were annexed by NYC). These indexes also cover the rest of the state outside of NYC and begin in 1880 for deaths and 1881 for births and marriages. The indexes can only be viewed on site. (The only mail-order look-up of these indexes is provided by the NYS Department of Health, which also provides certificates.)

These indexes have not been released to the FHC, and the only places outside of Albany to view them are at the NARA Northeast Regional Center on Varick Street in Manhattan and Rochester Public Library


May 2005 Patty Fagan pfagan@compuserve.com