Update to New York State Vital Records Microfiche Indexes. — Free Look Ups!
The recent posting that we put up on this Blog, “How to Obtain Copies of Vital Records for Genealogical Purposes in New York State,” has created quite a buzz. Now we have some very good news for you distant researchers!
The Local History/Genealogy Department of the Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL) in Syracuse has one of the eight sets of the microfiche indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages, that cover the largest part of Upstate New York.
Librarian, Holly Sammons, at OCPL has made the offer to do the actual look-ups for distant patrons. This is just one of the marvelous services that this most excellent facility has to offer.
That is just about the best news ever for people that live in areas that do not have a set of these Vital Records microfiche available. My personal thoughts are that patrons should respect this extremely generous offer and to not inundate the staff all at once with requests.
Holly said that they will be happy to chat with patrons by telephone, through email or will even take requests by U.S. Mail. You should check out their excellent website also which gives additional information about their collections and services.
Holly Sammons, Librarian
Onondaga County Public Library
447 So Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
OCPL website: http://www.onlib.org/website/LH/lh.htm
OCPL email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holly just sent this additional information just before I posted this Blog, so please heed the following instructions: “Just one caveat, we can’t do open ended searches like – my great grandmother died sometime after 1900 can you find her death! Some parameters are good and necessary. We used to do a limit of a 5-year search, just to keep things from getting out of hand. There’s a fine line between a look up and doing in-depth research!”
Read our previous post about how to obtain vital records certificate copies for genealogy HERE:
Researchers might want to check with the other libraries and holders of this collection around the state to see if they offer the same service.
Thank you OCPL, from Upstate New York Genealogy Blog.
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Read the original message on this subject here: “How to Obtain Copies of Vital Records.”
Read the third message on this subject here: “Update to the Update to How to Obtain Copies of Vital Records.”