Friday, July 24, 2020

Finding Scholl Births in New York City

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After the failure of the 1847 law, no births were recorded in the towns comprising present-day New York City. For births in Manhattan between 1850 and 1852, in Brooklyn and the towns of Kings county before 1866, and in the towns of Queens and Richmond (Staten Island) Counties before 1881, try searching substitute records to locate your ancestor's birth date and place. FS


Manhattan started keeping some birth records in 1853. In 1866, a more complete law was passed requiring that all births be recorded. Records from this time period have been microfilm by FamilySearch and the original records are held by the New York Municipal Archives.

Municipal Archives
31 Chambers Street, Room 103
New York, NY 10007
Hours: Mon–Thurs. 9 am to 4:30 pm and Friday 9 am to 1 pm

Birth Records prior 1910
Manhattan 1847-48, 1853–1909

Marriage Records prior to 1930
Manhattan 1847–48, 1853–1929 (Philipp Scholl and Elizabeth Kelsch's marriage record may be here.)

Access to our Collections (Municipal Archives)

We are a non-circulating collection. Original historical materials must be used in our reading room. Non-original materials such as microfilm and digital records can be viewed on-site in our reference room.

First choice: St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church was organized around the year 1852 as the German Evangelical Reformed Church. The church was located on Suffolk Street near Delancey Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The records held in the NYG&B offices are delicate, and consist of 15 register books.

The books record:

  • Baptisms between 1852 and 1948
  • Confirmations between 1853 and 1920
  • Marriages between 1852 and 1948
  • Deaths between 1889 and 1923
  • Consistory and congregational minutes
  • Financial accounts

It appears that during many years, multiple church books were in use simultaneously to record sacramental events. The registers are in German and English.

This volume is text searchable – searches entered will query this volume. Click here to view these records.

Documents related to St. Paul's Evangelical Reformed Church, NYC

Second Choice: St. Luke's Church
St. Luke’s Church was started in 1850 by Rev. William Drees and a small group of hisDutch Reformed congregation. The first services wereheld at West 35th Street and Ninth Avenue.
St. Luke’s was transformed into a Lutheran church in 1853 upon joining the New York Ministerium, and took the name The German Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of St. Luke’s in 1859.

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is the official repository of the records from St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York City.

This collection is a digitized finding aid to the 13 register books that are held at the NYG&B offices in Manhattan. Researchers are welcome to use these materials in person, but must first make an appointment. Send us an email if you’re interested.

Physical Collection
The records held in the NYG&B offices are delicate, and consist of 13 register books.
Most registers are in German until about 1920, after which they are in English. Church services were in German until 1937. 
The registers consist of:
  • Baptisms 1850 to 1976
  • Confirmations 1851 to 1871
  • Marriages 1850 to 1976 (missing 1866 to 1871)
  • Deaths/funerals 1853 to 1940
  • Church minutes 1856 to 1900

The registers of events are a rich source of information about the participating parties.
For example, marriages frequently provide the specific places of birth for bride and groom; baptisms frequently provide birthplaces of the child’s parents; confirmations provide the birth date of the confirmed; deaths frequently provide the birthplace of the deceased.

Documents related to Scholl births in Manhattan: 

The Scholl's lived on Montgomery Street several blocks from
the East River. St. Luke's was 5 miles away,
German speaking and Luthern.