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Visit Historica to search over 100 indexes to 1 Million+ birth, death, marriage, obituary, estate, naturalization and military service records. Searching is free, we offer digital copies of the indexed documents for $10 and items are usually delivered within 24 hours.
Reclaim the Records, a tremendous organization working to make public records public again, recently obtained copies of the New York Death Index for the years 1880 through 1956. We have made the individual index pages - over 88,000 of them - browsable. Though the index is not yet searchable, we have made it easy to navigate.
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Be sure to visit Reclaim the Records' website to learn more about their efforts to improve researchers' access to resources.