Genealogical Holdings

The Archives at Queens Library contains a variety of genealogical resources to aid researchers. The list below, though not complete, provides an understanding of the types of resources in the Archives. In the following text, Long Island refers to geographic Long Island including Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties.

Collage of Photos, Diener Family of Brooklyn
Collage of Photos,
Diener Family of Brooklyn

Census Material

  • Federal Census for Long Island, 1790-1920 (excluding 1890 which does not exist for the Island except for part of Brookhaven Township)
  • 1890 Special Census Schedules for Civil War Veterans for Long Island and Staten Island
  • Indexes for the 1800-1850 and 1870 Federal Censuses
  • The Soundex for the 1880 and 1900 Federal Census
  • Enumeration maps for the 1910,1920 and 1930 Federal Census
  • Federal Census of Mortality, 1850-1880
  • New York State Census for Queens County, 1915 and 1925

City and Telephone Directories

  • Brooklyn city directories, 1822-1913; telephone directories, 1926-present
  • Manhattan and the Bronx city directories, 1786-1925; Manhattan telephone directories, 1932-1974
  • Nassau County telephone directories, 1913-present
  • Queens County directories, 1865-1868, 1898-1902, 1906-1910, 1912; telephone directories, 1926-present
  • Suffolk County telephone directories, 1928-present
  • Check our catalog for more directories.

Passenger Lists

  • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, 1820-1897
  • Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York 1820-1897, 1820-1846
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, all volumes
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists Bibliography, 1538-1900
  • Migration from the Russian Empire: Lists of Passengers Arriving at the Port of New York January 1875-April 1886, vols. 1 and 2
  • Italians to America: Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports, 1880-1899, all volumes
  • Germans to America: Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports, all volumes
  • Check our catalog for more passenger lists for other ethnic groups at http://web2.queenslibrary.org


  • American Genealogical and Biographical Index, vols. 1-present
  • Lineage Book of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, vols. 1 - 166
  • Archives at Queens Library's vital statistics card file, includes births, marriages, and deaths from several Long Island newspapers primarily from 1820-1910
  • Check our catalog for more indexes.


  • American Ancestry, vols. 1 - 12
  • The American Genealogist (TAG), vols. 9-present
  • National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vols. 1-present
  • New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vols. 1-148
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, vols. 1-present


  • Check the list of Queens County newspapers on microfilm
  • Brooklyn Eagle Indexes: Deaths, 1841-1880; Marriages, 1841-1880; Misc. Vital Statistics, 1841-1846
  • New York Evening Post Death Index, 1851-1890
  • Christian Intelligencer Marriage Index, 1830-1871
  • Flushing Journal Index, 1841-1865
  • Long Island City Star Index, 1880-1891
  • Long Island Weekly Star Index, 1886-1896
  • Newtown Register Index, 1880-1920
  • Ridgewood Times Index, 1908-1915


  • The Archives has a number of family genealogies; check our catalog at http://web2.queenslibrary.org for titles
  • The Archives has compiled and photocopied genealogical information for a number of families from newspapers, manuscript materials, family bibles, and genealogies