Historical Records

The Municipal Archives holds historical records that document the actions of City government, dating to the colonial era.


Our family history holdings include vital records for births, deaths, and marriages for the five New York City boroughs. Now millions of the records are available on Historical Vital Records NYC, with more added quarterly. Search, browse, download or order certified copies of vital records.


Search our finding aids, view digital collections, and read our blog for collection highlights and news. For research assistance please contact research@records.nyc.gov.


Order high quality prints from our collections, and copies of historical records, including birth, death and marriage records.