The Amityville Record
This database contains an index of notices of births, marriage, engagements, baptisms, deaths, major anniversaries (birthdays and marriages) and occasional divorces and other events published in the Amityville Record newspaper on Long Island, New York, covering the years 1904 through 1968 (except, temporarily, 1958 and 1959).
These records were provided by Carol Race, who transcribed the records from microfilm.
We have provided a printable form (available after successful database search) to request a copy of a newspaper article from the Amityville Historical Society. When requesting a copy of the article, please carefully copy to the request form all the information from the search Results pertaining to the article you desire, and mail it along with the $5.00 fee and a SASE to the address on the request form. Enclosing a copy of the Printable Version of the Results page will help insure the request information is accurate.
The Amityville Record served the German community of Lindenhurst, as well as Amityville, Babylon, Massapequa, Farmingdale, Central Park (now called Bethpage), Marconiville (now called Copiague) and other small communities. Amityville had a large summer colony; consequently there are many people from Brooklyn, and Manhattan mentioned in the paper. News of well-known Long Islanders was also reported.
The Amityville Historical Society has microfilm of the Amityville Record. The films start with issue 172 on May 7, 1904.
The birth notices rarely contain the name of the child, and are most often listed in the married name of the mother (example: "to Mr. and Mrs. John Smith on . . . ") Please search for births by the father's name as well as by the child's name. Occasionally, the mother's maiden name is mentioned, but it is a rare occurrence.
In the early issues deaths were sometimes mentioned in local news columns or listed under the heading “Obituary”. Some obituaries are extensive, while others give minimal information.
Often marriages were announced in the week or two prior to the ceremony. After the ceremony if there was an article it often appears under the heading of the two surnames of the couple (example: SMITH-JONES).
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