I have actually used microfilm rolls resident at my closest FamilySeach Library (Mesa, AZ) of birth certificate indices for New York City that carry one through 1965 births. The Family History Library also has film for NYC deaths through 1965 and NYC marriages through 1937 (although ItalianGen already has a marriage index through 1937 online).
FamilySearch.org has filmed three documents they produced in 2005 and 2006 on New York City vital record registers:
Register of New York City Death RecordsThese books may be read online or downloaded from FamilySearch. They explain the records that exist and the organization of the data. They also identify the Family History Library microfilm rolls on which one may access the filmed register pages.
Register of New York City Birth Records
Register if New York City Marriage Records
For New York City death records, for example, one would access the following microfilms to see Register pages for 1947 through 1965 (indexed records for 1949-1965 are not currently online at ItalianGen, although I know they're working on it):
1947-1951 Film 1,324,925I have used pages from these films to help index records that already appear in ItalianGen online indices and will appear in future indices. This is what a portion of a page from the death record microfilmed index looks like.
1952-1956 Film 1,324,926
1957-1960 Film 1,324,927
1961-1962 Film 1,324,928
1963 Film 1,324,929
1964 Film 1,324,930
1965 Film 1,324,931
The data of genealogical interest on the register pages for the years 1947-1965:
- Surnames - each year includes individuals listed alphabetically by surname;
- First name - alphabetically following surname. Newborns may only show "male" or "female");
- Age - generally in years, however, children may be shown with an M for months or D for days old;
- Date of death - month, day, and year. The year is indicated only by its last digit. However, the full year is identified on the bottom of each page.
- Borough of the City of New York - Bronx (X), Brooklyn (K), Manhattan (M), Queens (Q), and Richmond (R). Y indicates that the person died outside New York City.
- Certificate number. If a number appears in this column following a Y in the Boro. column, it represents the State in which the person died. The FamilySearch book includes a key to these numbers.
But don't forget, no matter how well-armed with information you are (and no matter how sweet you and your mother think you are), you will not be able to acquire a death record less than 50 years old in New York State unless you can prove you are the deceased person's parent, spouse, sibling or direct descendant.