Our birth and death records begin with September 1, 1870, for those events that took place in the City of Albany. There is a fee of $22.00 per person and per record requested.
A death record must be on file for 50 years before it can be accessed for genealogy purposes. A birth record must be on file for 75 years and the person must be known to be deceased. The time limits specified above can be waived if the person who is making the request is a descendant (grandparent, parent, child) of the person whose record is being requested. Identification and proof of relationship is required in such cases. An employee of Vital Statistics conducts the search.
The request can be made in person at our office in Albany City Hall on the second mezzanine in room 254M. Vital Statistics does not accept personal checks. Please use cash, a money order or a certified bank check if coming in person to the office. The request can also be made in writing to our office at the following address:
DO NOT SEND CASH:
Registrar, City of Albany
Albany, NY 12207
Please use a money order or a certified bank check if the request is by mail, payable to the City of Albany.
We try to answer our genealogy mail within two weeks of receiving it.