Originally Posted by montgo
I found a number of NY records here
, hopefully you might find yours.
Italiangen is indeed a great site for the index databases but I just wanted to highlight the distinsction that the BMD indexes on Italiangen are from New York City only. NYC and State have separate BMD records.
Originally Posted by Boscod
I'm trying to find marriage and death records of relatives that lived in New York state between 1870 and 1940. I've used FamilySearch and Findmypast, however the search results consist of census records for the most part. Can anyone recommend another source that might be more successful.
You need to look at the individual databases on each site as opposed to a blanket search as it just returns too much information. For example, Familysearch has New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952
& New York, Marriages, 1686-1980
. However a lot of these databases don't have full records right up to the last year in the database title due to privacy laws.
You will need to try and narrow down to a county and then at least a time frame of a few years. If you have a place and year always go the route of getting the record from the town clerk as opposed to the State Health Dept as it is much, much quicker.
I'd also suggest trying to find newspaper information of the events in the Fulton History
and New York State Historic Newspapers
sites. That might help you narrow down to a place and date.
If you want to post some details, I/we'd be happy to try and help.