3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 27, 2020 12:52 PM by Grace Yuhasz

    Seeking grandfather's birth certificate


      I've been trying to find my Grandfather's birth certificate or baptismal certificate, who supposedly was born in Hempstead, Long Island, NY in 1881.   I ran his name on FamilySearch and Ancestry but nothing found.  I sent a request to the Village of Hempstead, but they did not find any records either.  I tried to contact Churches (Roman Catholic) in that area, but no replies.  I don't want to pay New York State do a search, which I don't think would turn up anything anyway.  Does anyone know of any other resources I could check, either government or Church?

        • Re: Seeking grandfather's birth certificate
          Susannah Brooks Pioneer

          If he was married in a Roman Catholic Church, sometimes the church marriage record contains the name of the church where the person was baptized, as proof that they were Catholic.  I have traced a few people back to their birthplace using this method, but other times the information is not part of the marriage record.

          • Re: Seeking grandfather's birth certificate
            Tamie Dehler Wayfarer

            In my area, the local Catholic parishes have turned their records over to the diocese.  You might try that.

            • Re: Seeking grandfather's birth certificate
              Grace Yuhasz Adventurer

              A few places you could try:


              ItalianGen.org (free) has a couple of birth databases as well as a baptism database.  (It is an overall database, not just Italians.)  This may help if his birth was registered in a county other than Nassau.



              ReclaimTheRecords has birth indexes on Internet Archive (free).  In the search box on the left, type in New York Birth and it will bring up all of the possible record sets.  There is a mixture of state and city records.  You can limit by year on the left.  Make sure to check the years around 1881, as well.



              FindMyPast.com (pay site) has New York Roman Catholic records, as well as some other cities.  There are baptisms as well as marriage records. I am not sure about the parishes covered.  Susannah’s comment about checking the marriage entry (if he married in the Roman Catholic church) is a good one.  I, too, have seen mention of where a person was baptized in the margins of the marriage record.  FindMyPast updates these records periodically so check back if you don’t find the one you need.



              Newspapers - it may not be likely, but I have seen mention of christenings in a newspaper.  It is more likely if the family was middle class or above.  You could check Chronicling America, Newspapers.com, NewspaperArchive, GenealogyBank, etc.


              Happy Hunting!