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New York State Archives
New York State Education Department
Cultural Education Center
Albany, New York 12230
Phone: (518) 474-6926
Website: New York State Archives

Records in the New York State Archives document functions and activities of State government; none of the records were created for the purpose of genealogical research. However, the Archives does hold many records containing information on individuals. Among these records are indexes to vital records (births, marriages, deaths); records documenting war service (Revolutionary War through World War I); land records (mostly transactions involving the Colony or State of New York); trial court records (including colonial wills and early nineteenth century civil cases); and records of some State-run correctional and custodial institutions.

New York City Municipal Archives
Leonora Gidlund, Director
31 Chambers Street, Room 103
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 311 or (212) NEW-YORK if outside of NYC.
Website: New York City Municipal Archives

Collection highlights include vital records, census, and city directories that are an essential resource for patrons conducting family history research, the number one hobby in America. Records pertaining to the administration of criminal justice, dating from 1684 to 1966, constitute the largest and most comprehensive collection of such material in the English-speaking world. There are more than one million photographic images in fifty collections including pictures of every house and building in the city, ca. 1940. Legislative branch records date back to the first Dutch colonial government in New Amsterdam. Robert Moses’ papers document the city’s vast infrastructure from 1934 through 1959, and the records of mayoral administrations provide extensive information about every aspect of New York City from 1849 to the present.

Genesee County History Department
Engine House
3 West Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: (585)344-2550 ext 2613
Email: Genesee County History Department
Website: Genesee County History Department

Holdings of the Genesee County History Department include: Atlases and Maps 1854 - 1900s, Architecture Files, Book Indexes, Cemetery Records for Several County Cemeteries, Church Records, City and County Directories 1869 - 1980 (some years missing), County and Municipalities Histories, County Home [Poor House], Genealogy Files and Collections, Genesee County Federal Census 1810 - 1880 (indexed), Genesee County Files, Indentured Servants 1827 - 1899 (indexed), Library Topics: Genesee County, Senecas, Military, Religion, New York State, Western New York Counties, and more; Military Records, Naturalization Records 1849 - 1929 (indexed), Newspaper Indexes, Obituary Records, Photographs (over 7,000 images, indexed by subject), School Documents, Slavery, Subject Files, Tax Rolls on Microfilm 1850 - 1993, Town Files, Weddings.

Montgomery County Department of History and Archives
Kelly A. Yacobucci Farquhar, Montgomery County Historian/RMO
Old Courthouse
P.O. Box 1500
Fonda, NY 12068-1500
Phone: (518) 853-8186
Fax: (518) 853-8392
E-mail: Montgomery County Department of History & Archives
Website: Montgomery County Department of History and Archives

Montgomery County was formed from Albany County in 1772 (as Tryon County), and at that time covered a large part of the state. The name was changed to Montgomery in 1784 in honor of General Richard Montgomery, Revolutionary War hero. Thirty-four counties were formed from the original Tryon- Montgomery County.

The historical and genealogical research library contains thousands of original county records - (common pleas, deeds, supreme court and surrogate's court), along with a vast collection of genealogical material - (census, cemetary, military, church, etc.) that are vital to the researcher. Also vital is our over 500 historical and genealogical folders compiled by the department over the past 54 years.

Ontario County Records and Archives Center
3051 County Complex Dr.
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: (585) 396-4376
Email: Dr. Hans-J. Finke, Director and RMO
Website: Ontario County Records and Archives Center
Holdings of the Ontario County Records and Archives Center: Deeds to Real Estate Properties (1789 - 2002), Mortgages (1789 - 1947), Assessment Rolls (1790 - 1993), Surrogate Court Records (1789 - 1975), Guardianship Records (1789 - 1929), Naturalization Records (1803 - 1956), Military Records, County Court Records, Marriage Records (1908 - 1935), Federal Census Records (1790 - 1930), New York State Census Records, Maps, Jury Lists and Poor House Indentures.

Washington County Archives
Dennis Lowery, County Archivist
Washington County Municipal Center, Building A
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, New York 12828
Phone: (518) 746-2136
Website: Washington County Archives

Some of the Available Records: Assessment Records/Tax Rolls, beginning in the1850s for most towns; Births, deaths and marriages 1847 - 1849, and marriages 1905 – 1935; Census Enumerations. Federal: 1790, 1800, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (index only) and New York State: 1825, 1835, 1855, 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915 and 1925; Coroners' Inquests 1787 – 1932; Civil and Criminal Court Records beginning 1773; Deeds and Mortgages 1773 - Present. Other land records include County Loan Indentures 1786 - 1849 and the Book of Forfeitures, a record of the 1784 sale of properties confiscated at the end of the Revolutionary War; Indictments 1782 – 1910; Insolvency Papers 1795 – 1912; Naturalization Records 1794 – 1955; Revolutionary War Pension Applications 1820 – 1831; and Surrogate's Court Records 1783 – 1915 that include Wills, Inventories of Estates, Judicial Settlements of Estates, Administration Papers, Probate of Real Estate, and Guardianship Papers.

Warren County Records Storage Center & Archives
1340 State Rt. 9
Lake George, New York 12845
(518) 761-6455
Website: Warren County Records Storage Center & Archives

Holdings of the Warren County Records Storage Center and Archives include: Almshouse Records, Assessment & Tax Rolls 1854 - 1989, Bastardy Papers 1813 - 1913, Book of Wills 1813 - 1974, Census Records 1830 - 1925, Divorce Actions 1860 - 1917, Executions 1834 - 1973 Infant Papers 1816 - 1924, Jury Lists 1813 - 198, Land Records, Letters of Administration 1830 - 1967, Maps, Marriage Record Books & Index 1908 - 1935, Marriage Records - Certificates 1908 - 1935, Military Record, Naturalization Record, School District Records 1831 - 1960, and much more...

Ulster County Clerk, Archives Division
Ulster County Record Center
300 Foxhall Avenue
Kingston, New York, 12401
Phone: 845-340-3415
Website: Ulster County Archives

The Archives operates under the auspices of the Ulster County Clerk. The Archives is responsible for the identification, arrangement, access and preservation of archival records belonging to Ulster County. Describing archival records is an on-going process. All currently available descriptions are posted and accessible.

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