Vital Records Copies

The collection of Vital Records in New York State begin in 1881, 
and are required to be kept by the city or town, as the case may be, 
in which the event (birth, death, marriage) occurred and by the state (Albany).

Some of the larger villages do maintain these records, but not all 
villages do as they may voluntarily waive their right to do so and 
make it a responsibility of the town(s) in which the village is (are) in.  
If the place where the event occurred is in a village, the Town Clerk 
will tell you if the village or the town maintains the record.

Currently, there are 2 cities and 3 towns in Nassau County (there are 
no cities and 10 towns in Suffolk County).

In this regard, please remember that it is very important to know in 
which city or town (or village) the event took place and the city or town 
(or village) could be different from the city or town (or village) 
where the individual may have resided.

On and after January 1, 1899, the eastern two-thirds of Queens County 
became Nassau County, and at that time included 3 Towns:  
North Hempstead, 
Hempstead and 
Oyster Bay.  
In 1918, Glen Cove incorporated as a city and was made independent 
of the Town of Oyster Bay.  In 1922, the Village of Long Beach 
(incorporated in 1918) was incorporated as a city and made 
independent of the Town of Hempstead.  
(Prior to all of this, on June 15, 1886, the Lloyd's Neck 
peninsula was transferred from the Town of Oyster Bay, Queens County 
to the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County.)

Here's the contact information for the 3 towns and 2 cities in Nassau County:

Office of the City Clerk
City of Glen Cove
9-13 Glen Cove Road
Glen Cove, NY 11542
Tel:  516/676-2000

Office of the City Clerk City of Long Beach One West Chester Avenue Long Beach, NY 11561 Tel: 516/431-1000

Office of the Town Clerk Town of North Hempstead 200 Plandome Road Manhasset, NY 11030 Tel: 516/869-7646

Office of the Town Clerk Town of Hempstead Town Hall Hempstead, NY 11550 Tel: 516/489-5000 Office of the Town Clerk Town of Oyster Bay 54 Audrey Avenue Oyster Bay, NY 11771 Tel: 516/624-6333 Be careful, each of the preceding web sites differs greatly in quantity and quality of information. I hope this information is useful or, at least, interesting. Sincerely, Walter Greenspan

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