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.
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New York, NY 10007
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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.
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.
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- 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 Scholl's lived on Montgomery Street several blocks from|
the East River. St. Luke's was 5 miles away,
German speaking and Luthern.