The Genealogy Federation of Long Island is delighted to hear about the historic move of the New York City Municipal Archives to release the vital records in their collections to the public on their website at https://a860-historicalvitalrecords.nyc.gov/digital-vital-records
Our member groups have worked closely with the Archives over the past 20 years to make these records more accessible to genealogists and researchers by creating indexes. Hundreds of volunteers worked from a handwritten index cards to index the over 10 million records contained in the collection. These records are vital to researching the ancestors of so many Americans whose ancestors started their American experience. These records had been previously unavailable to researchers outside of the archives.
The volunteers from our member groups: The African Atlantic Genealogical Society, Brentwood Genealogists, Connetquot Public Library, German Genealogy Group, Huntington Historical Society Genealogy Workshop, Italian Genealogical Group, Irish Family History Forum, Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, Patchogue-Medford Library Genealogy Research Group and the Plainview Family History Center, worked tirelessly to create these indexes which have been hosted on the websites of Ancestry.com, The German Genealogy Group (www.germangenealogygroup.com) and the Italian Genealogical Group (www.italiangen.org). The German Genealogy Group has continued to make thousand of corrections to the index hosted on its site over the years and is dedicated to continuing this project.
All our members groups hope to continue our partnership with the New York City Municipal Archives in bringing records more accessible to researchers.