An agreement between Ancestry.com and several New York genealogy organizations has created Ancestry.com New York, a free searchable database of New York records on Ancestry.com.
Records include state censuses, naturalizations, marriages, military records from several wars and federal special censuses from 1850 to 1880.
Free access to Ancestry.com New York is available to New York State residents, but you’ll need to set up a free Ancestry.com account if you’re not already a subscriber. Start on this state archives web page, where you’re directed to type your New York State zip code into the search box. You’ll be redirected to the Ancestry.com New York page on Ancestry.com. Run a search there, click on a search result, and set up a free Ancestry.com account when prompted (don’t click on the trial offer or Subscribe link) to get access to the New York records.
I’m hoping something similar is in the works for other states!
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