Here is a fairly cheap way of finding out where in NYC's five boroughs your ancestor
was born and then tracing the church from the street location. The New York municipal
archives (this is the place to go for births in the 1800s) will do a search for you via
the internet for about $20. (There's no guarantee that your ancestors filed -- a lot
of children during that time period were born at home without a doctor's help.
Doctors and midwives were pretty good about reporting births but family members were
you will need a credit card to proceed. Be sure to ask them to check for the birth in
each of the boroughs (It costs a bit more but worth it if your unsure of location). I
recommend you go to:
click on the button "vital records" and then the drop down "holdings"
it will give you a good idea of when each of the boroughs started keeping separate
records. This will help you to determine how many boroughs to search in.
When you've made up your mind what boroughs you need click back to your original page.
Click on the third link down "Request a search and/or certified copy by mail"
Have your credit card ready & fill in the blanks with the information about the family
that you know. It is not particularly difficult. It takes about three weeks for
delivery. Good Luck. Kate
PS. Used the service myself with good results