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Early SI Vitals Summary

FilmItemTownVitalYear(s)
13763681Port RichmondDeaths1888-1897
  Port RichmondBirths1888-1897
  Port RichmondMarriages1888-1897
 2EdgewaterBirths1885-1897
  EdgewaterMarriages1885-1897
 3EdgewaterDeaths1885-1897
 4CastletonBirths1881-1897
  CastletonMarriages1882-18987
 5CastletonDeaths1881-1888
13763691CastletonDeaths1888-1897
 2CastletonBirths1847-1850
  NorthfieldBirths1847-1849
  SouthfieldBirths1848-1849
  Southfield, CastletonBirths1850
  SouthfieldBirths1851-1852
  ?  
  CastletonMarriages1848-1849
  NorthfieldMarriages1847-1849
  SouthfieldMarriages1848-1849
  Southfield, CastletonMarriages1850
  SouthfieldMarriages1852
  WestfieldMarriages1849
  TottenvilleMarriages1864-1865
  CastletonDeaths1848-1849
  NorthfieldDeaths1847-1849
  SouthfieldDeaths1848
  Sailors retreatDeaths1848
  SouthfieldDeaths1850
  SouthfieldDeaths1852
  WestfieldDeaths1849
  ?Births1848
 3NorthfieldDeaths1872-1873
  NorthfieldDeaths1881-1897
  NorthfieldBirths1882-1897
  NorthfieldMarriages1882-1897
 4SouthfieldStillbirths1880s
  SouthfieldDeaths1882-1897
  SouthfieldDeaths1893
  SouthfieldBirths1882-1897
  SouthfieldMarriages1882-1892
  ?Stillbirths1880s
 5WestfieldDeaths1882-1897
  WestfieldBirths1882-1897
  WestfieldMarriages1882-1897
 6MiddletownDeaths1882-1897
  MiddletownBirths1882-1897
  MiddletownMarriages1882-1897
 7TottenvilleBirths1890-1897
  TottenvilleDeaths1890-1897
  TottenvilleMarriages1890-1897

Adoption

NYS adoption records are sealed forever.
Lakeview Home for Unwed Mothers on Staten Island run by Louise Wise Services (Jewish) was open from ? till the late 1970s.
As Agency Closes, Emotions Spill Out - an article
Posted by Reg Niles, 24 Nov 2004: Yesterday the Adoption News Service issued the news that the records of Louise Wise Services, the New York City adoption agency that closed earlier this year, are in the custody of Spence-Chapin, which is located in Manhattan.
Louise Wise Services used a maternity home on Staten Island and Jewish babies were born in two hospitals there---Staten Island Hospital and St. Vincent's.

Births

1696-1790RDC of PR Baptisms
c. 1847 - c. 1851There is a spattering of births recorded in Early Staten Island Vital Records. The records are available in 1) Helplist, 2) NYC Municipal Archives (but they will not do a mail search - you must go in person and request the microfilms from behind the counter), and 3) the Family History Library film number 1376369. See chart.
c. 1852 - c. 1880There are no births recorded in official records.
c. 1881 - 1897Many but not all births are recorded in Early Staten Island Vital Records. The records are available in 1) Helplist, 2) NYC Municipal Archives (but they will not do a mail search - you must go in person and request the microfilms from behind the counter), and 3) the Family History Library film number 1376369. (Where is a Family History Center near me?) See chart.
1898 - 1909The records (indexes and birth certificates) are available at the NYC Municipal Archives. You can request a mail search or go in person. Indexes, but not records, are also available at the New York Public Library.
Also, at the Municipal Archives behind the counter is a birth index by address 1898-1907.
1910 - 1923The records are available from the NYC Department of Health. Indexes, but not records, are also available at the New York Public Library.
1924 --->These records are available from the NYC Department of Health, but they are covered by New York's 75-year privacy law. (The person must be proven deceased and you must be a descendant.) Some people, however, have gotten birth certificates by sending a copy of the death certificate, without proving descendancy. Indexes through 1982 are also available at the New York Public Library.
Another ideaThere might be a baptismal record. If you have a good idea of the church (here's a list of current Staten Island churches from Infospace) call/write them or see the helplist.

Baptisms

Thanks, Pam!
The published baptismal records for Staten Island (Vol. IV of the Collections of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society), indexed by Tobias Alexander Wright) 1909, includes records from the Reformed Dutch Church of Port Richmond, the United Brethren Moravian Church, and St Andrews Church.
Family genealogies from the Staten Island Historical Society, from 1600's : Butts family genealogical correspondence, from 1800's Staten Island Historical Society (Staten Island, New York) FHL Films #509177 - 509185
Index and gen. data cards : BMD, baptisms, deeds, mortgages and other records from Staten Island and at the Historical Society, from 1600,f Historical Records Survey (New York). FHL Films #539053 - 539071

Marriages

1665-1800Early New Jersey Marriages Relating to Staten Islanders
1666-1799More Early NJ Marriages
1790-1811Dutch Marriages 1790-1811
1764-1863Moravian Church marriages
c. 1847 - c. 1851There is a spattering of marriages recorded in Early Staten Island Vital Records. The records are available in 1) Helplist, 2) NYC Municipal Archives (but they will not do a mail search - you must go in person and request the microfilms from behind the counter), and 3) the Family History Library film number 1376369. See chart.
c. 1852 - c. 1880There are no marriages recorded in official records.
1874 - 1875Carol Race has transcribed census schedule marriages.
c. 1881 - 1897Many but not all marriages are recorded in Early Staten Island Vital Records. The records are available in 1) Helplist, 2) NYC Municipal Archives (but they will not do a mail search - you must go in person and request the microfilms from behind the counter), and 3) the Family History Library film number 1376369. (Where is a Family History Center near me?) See chart.
Note The Department of Health says that marriage certificates between 1881 and 1898 are on file in their office. Indexes only are also at the NYS Archives.
1898 - 1937The records (groom indexes and marriage certificates) are available at the NYC Municipal Archives. You can request a mail search or go in person. Grooms' indexes, but not records, are also available at the New York Public Library.
1898 - 1937Grooms are indexed at www.germangenealogygroup.com and www.italiangen.org
Also a very useful Search Tool at stevemorse.org.
1898 - 1937Brides are indexed at www.germangenealogygroup.com and www.italiangen.org
Also a very useful Search Tool at stevemorse.org.
1938 --->Write to City Clerk (marriage records), 1 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007. They are covered by a 50-year privacy law, but NYC may vary from NYS.
Another ideaThere might be a church marriage record. If you have a good idea of the church (here's a list of current Staten Island churches from Infospace) call/write them or see the helplist.
? - ?County Clerk? (Overlap)

Deaths

Death Records
1665 - 1754See Probate below.
c. 1847 - c. 1851There is a spattering of deaths recorded in Early Staten Island Vital Records. The records are available in 1) Helplist, 2) NYC Municipal Archives (but they will not do a mail search - you must go in person and request the microfilms from behind the counter), and 3) the Family History Library film numbers 1376368, 1376369. Please note: for this time frame, parents' names are not noted. See chart.
The early Northfield deaths (1847-1848) have been transcribed and are linked to the images. Please see Early Northfield Deaths.
1849-1850Some records are transcribed in the 1850 Mortality Schedules - this one is Marine Hospital, Irish names. Marine Hospital, all names is coming soon.
c. 1852 - c. 1880There are no deaths recorded in official records.
1874 - 1875Carol Race has transcribed census schedule deaths.
c. 1881 - 1897Many but not all deaths are recorded in Early Staten Island Vital Records. The records are available in 1) Helplist, 2) NYC Municipal Archives (but they will not do a mail search - you must go in person and request the microfilms from behind the counter), and 3) the Family History Library film number 1376369. (Where is a Family History Center near me?) See chart. Usually the records contain cemetery name.
The person querying should also consider the NYS records which partially duplicate what's in the MA but MAY have a record not in the MA. The State vitals are indexed at the National Archives, Houston & Varick Sts. Should that person find an indexed record of interest, then application can be made to charming NYS to get a copy. That takes a while and costs $11."
Some death records have been transcribed at Edgewater, 1895, 1897.
1898 - 1948The records are available at the NYC Municipal Archives. You can request a mail search or go in person. Indexes at http://stevemorse.org/vital/nydeath.html. Indexes, but not records, are also available at the New York Public Library.
1900 - 1911"The Italian Genealogy Group has finally put the NYC Death index on line. It covers 1891-1899 in Manhattan and 1900-1911 for All-Boros. I don't know how far along it is, the page is still listed as under construction but take a look and see what you think. This group does a lot of work for the genealogical community and your membership would be appreciated but it is not necessary to join the group to use their databases. You can find the site at www.italiangen.org Membership is $20 per year and if I must say so myself, I'm the editor, the newsletter alone is worth the price of admission. Consider it and enjoy the databases. Tony" NYC Death Index Database
1949 ---> They are covered by a 50-year privacy law. Some people have gotten death certificates for recent deaths for non-ancestors, but I wouldn't necesarily specify that it's for genealogy. People often say "family records."
1949 --->These records are available from the NYC Department of Health, but they are covered by New York's 50-year privacy law. (The person must be proven deceased and you must be a descendant.) Indexes through 1982 are also available at the New York Public Library.
1957 - 1962Staten Island Deaths 1957-1962
Another ideaThere might be a church burial record. If you have a good idea of the church (here's a list of current Staten Island churches from Infospace) call/write them or see the helplist.

The Social Security Death Index

If the person is deceased, e.g. on Ancestry's SSDI or Rootsweb's SSDI, you can request a copy of anyone's SS-5. Cost is $27 with SSN and $29? without. Generally they had to be working around 1934, when Social Security started. To find out about ordering the SS-5, you can order online at: https://s044a90.ssa.gov/apps7/efoiassa/internet/SSA711.jsp but I find that hard to read so you might try http://members.aol.com/rechtman/ssafaq.html#Section2. It will take a few months to arrive. I would have to look at my old ones to see the info it has, but i know it has current address & current employer (as of when they filled out the info) as well as birth date. The person must be deceased; if they aren't on the SSDI (which is only a limited subset of the people with social security numbers) then the SSA must have proof of death to send you the information. For one of my relatives, he wasn't on the SSDI but his widow had submitted a death certificate to collect her benefits, so I was able to order his info.

Obituaries Please see our new Obituaries page for complete information.

Cemeteries Please see our Cemeteries page for a very detailed list of cemeteries (active and abandoned) in Staten Island.

Probate

Miscellaneous submitted vitals

Early Staten Island Vitals

Film Item Town Years Title
1376368 1 Village of Port Richmond 2/16/1888-12/30/1897 Deaths
2/10/1888-12/24/1897 Births
2/8/1888-12/19/1897 Marriages
2 Village of Edgewater 8/23/1885-12/22/1897 Births
8/27/1885-12/30/1897 Marriages
3 Village of Edgewater 9/5/1885-12/29/1897 Deaths
4 Town of Castleton 1/3/1882-12/30/1897 Births
2/21/1882-12/30/1897 Marriages
5 Town of Castleton 1/2/1881-1/10/1887 Deaths
Village of New Brighton 1/11/1887-12/28/1888 Deaths
1376369 1 Castleton 1881-1897 BMD
2 Castleton 1848-1850 BMD
Northfield 1847-1850 BMD
Southfield 1848-1853 BMD
Westfield 1849 MD
Tottenville 1864-1865 Marriages
3 Northfield 1881-1897 BMD
4 Southfield 1881-1897 BMD
5 Westfield 1882-1897 BMD
6 Middletown 1882-1897 BMD
7 Tottenville 1890-1897 BMD


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