When did New York start registering births and deaths?
New York began statewide registration of births, marriages, and deaths (“vital records”) in 1880-81, under supervision of the State and local boards of health. Compliance with the law was incomplete until 1913 or even later; therefore certificates are lacking for many events.
Where can I find NYS birth and Death Index?
The birth and death indexes do include data on individuals who were born or died in a state facility (such as a prison or mental hospital). Copies of the micro fiche index to vital records certificates held by the NYS Department of Health are located at the following locations: Albany.
When do marriage and death indexes start in New York?
The indexes cover the entire state outside of New York City and start in June 1880 (deaths) or 1881 (marriages and births). Birth indexes are made available after 75 years, marriage and death indexes after 50 years.
When do you need a death certificate in New York?
New York State Court Order If you are not the spouse, parent, child or sibling of the deceased you must document a lawful right or claim. For example, you may need a death certificate to claim a benefit. You would need an official letter from the agency saying you need the death record to process the claim.
Are there death records in New York City?
Vital Records has death records (since 1881) for all of New York State except New York City. It does not have these records for New York City (the boroughs of Manhattan, Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Bronx, and Richmond (Staten Island)).
What happens to my mother’s estate when she dies?
If your mother had a spouse at the time of her death, then the distribution of her estate depends upon the ownership and titling of her assets. Generally, the majority of her assets would pass to her surviving spouse. Children or grandchildren may inherit a smaller share.
Who is called the surrogate in New York State?
In New York State, the Surrogate’s Court decides what happens to a person’s property when that person dies. The Judge in Surrogate’s Court is called the Surrogate. The person who died is called the Decedent.