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Name Index FAQs

Can I ask for assistance in my search?

If you are unable to find the information you are looking for contact the New York State Archives at

Can I see the original records?

Yes, there are some original records which can be accessed and viewed in the New York State Archives Research Room and in some cases, online in our Digital Collections. You can also request copies by contacting

How accurate is the information found in the records?

The data included in the various indexes has been derived directly from New York State Archives records; however, verification of information against the original record is advisable.

I found a name! Does the New York State Archives have more information than what is in the index?

If the index record does not contain a link to the digital copy of the record, you can request more information by emailing Researcher Services at Please include all of the detailed information in the index entry.

Why am I having trouble finding a name?

Alternative Spellings:

The given name, or surname, of an individual may appear in different forms. Try using alternative spellings when conducting searches.

Records in the New York State Archives document functions and activities of State government; none of the records were created for the purpose of genealogical research. However, many records in the Archives contain information on individuals that can be useful for genealogical research, but are not an exhaustive record of all New York State citizens.