From Our eLibrary: New York State, Work Projects Administration, Archive Inventories & Abstracts

Under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great 12950286_1748545295173322_270257410_nDepression, the Historical Records Survey was organized in 1935 to document resources for research in U.S. history.  Their workers combed municipal and religious archives, historical societies, and public and university libraries for vital records and created comprehensive inventories.

These inventories, many of which were published in book form, have had a profound impact on genealogists but are not widely available today. The NYG&B has digitized several books in the WPA’s Public Archives Inventory, Church Archives Inventory, and Guide to Vital Statistics series for New York City.

  • Albany County Archives, Inventory of the County Archives of New York State (Exclusive of the Five Counties of New York City)
  • Broome County Archives, Inventory of the County Archives of New York State (Exclusive of the Five Counties of New York City)
  • Cattaraugus County Archives, Inventory of the County Archives of New York State (Exclusive of the Five Counties of New York City)
  • Chautauqua County Archives, Inventory of the County Archives of New York State (Exclusive of the Five Counties of New York City)
  • Chemung County Archives, Inventory of the County Archives of New York State (Exclusive of the Five Counties of New York City)
  • Church Archives Inventory, Eastern Orthodox Churches and Armenian Apostolic Church
  • Church Archives Inventory, Lutherans in New York City
  • Church Archives Inventory, Methodist Church of New York City
  • Church Archives Inventory, Presbyterians in New York City
  • Church Archives Inventory, Protestant Episcopal Church of Brooklyn and Queens (Vol. 2)
  • Church Archives Inventory, Protestant Episcopal Church of Manhattan, Bronx and Richmond, Vol. 2
  • Church Archives Inventory, Reformed Church in America
  • Church Archives Inventory, Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese of New York
  • Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in New York State (Exclusive of New York City), Volume One
  • Guide to Manuscript Depositories in New York City
  • Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in New York State, Volume 1: Birth Records
  • Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in New York State, Volume 3: Death Records
  • Guide to Vital Statistics Records of Churches in New York State (Exclusive of New York City), volume 1
  • Guide to Vital Statistics Records of Churches in New York State (Exclusive of New York City), volume 2
  • Guide to Vital Statistics, Borough of Brooklyn Churches
  • Guide to Vital Statistics, Borough of Queens Churches
  • Inventory of the Church Archives of New York State, Exclusive of New York City: Protestant Episcopal Church, Diocese of Rochester
  • Public Archives Inventory, Bronx Borough Archives
  • Public Archives Inventory, Bronx County
  • Public Archives Inventory, Kings County
  • Public Archives Inventory, Richmond County NY Vol. I
  • Public Archives Inventory, Richmond County NY Vol. II
  • Transcriptions of Early County Records of New York State: Records of the Road Commissioners of Ulster County, 1722-1769
  • Transcriptions of Early County Records of New York State: Town Minutes of Newtown, 1656-1688

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A FULL TEXT SEARCH will yield the best search results. Even for names, a FULL TEXT SEARCH should be utilized, as a “name” search may not find names which are broken up between one line of text and the next, or one page and the next.

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