Buffalo NY Death Index 1852-1944 is now Online

Reclaim the Records has done it again! The following is an extract from a longer announcement from Reclaim the Records:

Hello again from Reclaim The Records! We’re back with some great new records to share with everyone, obtained through a New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. We’re happy to announce that we’ve obtained and published the first-ever public copies of the death index for Buffalo, New York, for the years 1852-1944 — almost a full century of data!

We don’t have an exact count, but we estimate that there are about 640,000 names listed in these records. Buffalo was one of the top fifteen most populous American cities, and was occasionally in the top ten, during this 1852-1944 time period.

These records have never been online before, nor were they on FamilySearch microfilm. They were only available if you physically sat in the Buffalo Inactive Records center, and that was all. Well, we at Reclaim The Records decided to change that. And here they are now!

If you wish to access these records, you need to first read “Things you should know about the Buffalo death index” and a lot of other background information at: https://www.reclaimtherecords.org/records-request/14.

The Buffalo NY Death Index 1852-1944 may be found on Archive.org by starting at: http://bit.ly/2kAyc6i.


Thank you, Dick. I had not come across that excellent organization. I have now given it a page on Familypedia (with thanks to you noted) and linked from two pages to the successful requests (NY and NJ).


I clicked on the like from your newsletter (
https://archive.org/details/buffalodeathindex?sort=titleSorter&mc_cid=348bdb911b&mc_eid=0b398e0a30 ) , and all I get appears to be the “B’s”. Is this all that is currently available, or is something wrong with the link?
I sent an email to them asking this and am waiting for a response.


I suspect John’s confusion is that there is a bar near the top of the page with the letters of the alphabet with the ‘B’ highlighted. That bar appears to be a selection/menu option but is not clickable. The highlighted ‘B’ is probably for Buffalo.
Below the bar are document page icons displaying the records for various year ranges. Clicking on one of those icons takes you to the records for those years for all surnames.


    I think you are correct. I did receive an email response from them that appeared to indicate that the “B” was a representation for Buffalo and that the data was listed under the 14 links associated with the “B”.


Thanks you Dick Eastman for all your efforts!!! And thank you Elaine LaGreca for passing along the information. This is awesome…especially for out-of-towners like me (Des Plaines, IL).


It was ‘cool’ to see the indexes used by staff to locate the death record. Many years ago we drove from Ontario to Buffalo to get my 2nd great grandfather’s death record with hopes of confirming his parents names. He had died at the home of his daughter who ‘I knew’ would have been able to give the correct names – well, maybe she would have had she been the one filling out the death information, instead it was the doctor who kindly named his parents as Mr. and Mrs. Spencer! Perhaps she was making the arrangements for his body to be shipped home to Canada for burial. If I could find those records…


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