Relationship Determination

Perhaps your ancestors are not easily found in the New York City Municipal Archives’ collection of 19th- and early-20th century vital records. Or your ancestors lived in New York City prior to the advent of vital records. In these cases, vital events and relationships may still be proven through research in church records, probate records, cemetery records, real estate conveyances, court records, manuscript and archives collections, and other resources.

The amount of time needed for this service depends on your specific goals and the complexity of the problem.


  • $150/hour, plus certification fees where applicable
  • 20 hours minimum
  • 1 fully-cited report
  • copies of important documents