Our records include some birth and death certificates for the City of Syracuse beginning in 1873, and for the rest of Onondaga County as early as 1883. Reporting of births was required beginning in 1914, so persons born before that year may not have a record on file.
If a record has been on file for over 50 years, anyone may request it. If it has been on file for less than 50 years, the requester must be able to prove that he or she is in the direct line of descent by providing identification and other supporting documentation (e.g. birth certificates showing descent).
If a record has been on file for over 75 years, and the person is known to be deceased, anyone may request it. If the record has been on file for less than 75 years, the requester must be able to prove that he or she is in the direct line of descent by providing identification and other supporting documentation (e.g. birth certificates showing descent).
Genealogy requests can only be accepted in person or by mail.
1. Print out and complete the genealogy request form. Fill in as much information as you can.
2. The fee is determined by the number of years we need to search, and is nonrefundable. Payment may be made by cash, check, or money order and must be submitted with your request. Payment by credit card (MasterCard or VISA) is accepted for orders made in person.
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3. Mail or bring your completed request form and payment to: Office of Vital Statistics, 421 Montgomery Street, Room 20 Basement Civic Center, Syracuse, NY 13202. Requests take 12-16 weeks to process and the records will be mailed to you. Genealogy copies are uncertified and stamped for genealogical purposes only.
Note: The Onondaga County Public Library, Central Branch, houses the Local History and Genealogy Department. They have an index to New York State vital records that begins in 1881 and covers death and marriage records through 1963 and birth records through 1937. Because our search fee is nonrefundable, you may wish to contact the library to determine if the record you are looking for exists and where it is located prior to placing your order with the Office of Vital Statistics. You can email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 315-435-1900.