New York vital records are made up of the birth, marriage, divorce and death records from county, state, and national archives, and can also contain cemetery or obituary information, immigration and naturalization details, newspaper items, military records, census records, passenger lists and records as well; these are available as online and offline resources for New York genealogy.

New York Division of Vital Records, issues, documents, and stores certified copies of vital records including birth, marriage, divorce death certificates for occurrences that took place in New York.  To verify current fees and information the telephone number is 311 (212-639-9675 outside New York City). For Births, Marriages and Death IN New York City See website.

PLEASE READ FIRST!!!! The New York State Department of Health does not file records of births and deaths that occurred in New York City and marriage licenses that were obtained in New York City. To obtain information about genealogy services available for New York City records, please visit the New York City Municipal Archives web page.
  • Ordering New York Birth and Death Certificates: The State Division of Vital Records has birth records from 1880 to present and death records from 1881 to present. The fee for a birth and death certified copy is $30. For records before 1914 in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers, or before 1880 in any other city, write to Registrar of Vital Statistics in city where event occurred.
  • Ordering New York Marriage Certificates: The State Division of Vital Records has marriage records from 1880 to present. The fee for a marriage certified copy is $30. For records from 1880-1907 and licenses issued in the cities of Albany, Buffalo, or Yonkers, apply to–Albany: City Clerk, City Hall, Albany, NY 12207; Buffalo: City Clerk, City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202; Yonkers: Registrar of Vital Statistics, Health Center Building, Yonkers, NY 10701.Prior to 1784 couples intending to marry were required to obtain licenses from and file bonds with the provincial secretary, if the impending marriage was not announced in a church. These Marriage Bonds were mostly destroyed in the 1911 Capitol fire. Published abstracts are available in Names of persons for whom marriage licenses were issued by the secretary of the province of New York, previous to 1784 and in New York Marriage Bonds, 1753-1783
  • Ordering New York Divorce Certificates: The State Division of Vital Records has divorce records from January 1963 to present. If the records are not available at the Vital Records office, they should be available from the County Clerk in the county where the divorce decree was granted.