I've perused the pre-consolidation (1898) vital records more times than I could count. At least I THOUGHT I had.
I used FHL films 1376368 and 1376369 which I thought were the sum total of official (municipal) vital records available. They are ledger entries.
I know that the Municipal Archives holds some pre-consol records also (Ref: http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/vitalrecords/holdings.s...
under notes), but I always assumed they were duplicates of the above films. But I hear that possibly they hold more information? (In talking of an 1887 death.)
I'd love to settle this. I'm not local. Does anyone have a pre-consolidation record from the Municipal Archives, especially death, they can send me? I can look up the corresponding record in the films and see if the info is the same or not.
always alert to possible new information sources :)