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Cemetery Listings for NY State--  in alphabetical order by name, so check here if you know a cemetery's name but not its location
Cemetery Genealogy Forum   (Genforum)
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New York State Cemeteries listed by County    (Thru Rootsweb)
Cemeteries, Graveyard and Obituaries, Etc…  Links
Directory of New York Cemeteries -   (Cemetery Junction)
Cemetery Address Search Site
New York State Cemetery Directory - NYGenWeb
New York Cemetery Preservation - Saving Graves
Directory of New York Cemeteries - Cemetery Junction
Cemetery Regulation in New York State
Find A Grave of a Famous New Yorker

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Cemeteries of New York
? New York USGenWeb Archives - NYGenWeb Archives
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? Directory of New York Cemeteries - Cemetery Junction

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Southeastern New York Library Resources Council :

Genealogy Resources on the Internet for New York State
New York Genealogy Top or Hub All the New York Genealogy links on one page!
Local History and Genealogy Section, of the New York State Library
Vital Records Information New York
United States Genealogy Geneology Family History Search Tools

New York State Genealogy Bulletin Boards
(Genforum)  New York State Bulletin Board Genform:

New York State Vital Records:
  New York State Vital Records :: To obtain Birth, Marriage Death Certificates
 New York State Vital Records :: To obtain Birth, Marriage Death Certificates

New York Resources at RootsWeb

New York Genealogy Resources, book,etc:
New York Genealogy Helplist (Look Ups) and Other Requests
NEW YORK - SYLVIA ACKERSON'S website and mailing list at New York Visitor Center by GenConnect at Roostweb for various NY counties  New York Genealogy Exchange and Surname Registry with numerous links New York State Counties

New York USGenWeb Archives - NYGenWeb Archives
The New York State Message Board
Genealogy Resources on the Internet for New York State
New York Genealogy Top or Hub All the New York Genealogy links on one page!
Local History and Genealogy Section, of the New York State Library
Vital Records Information New York
United States Genealogy Geneology Family History Search Tools
New York  History Genealogy Genealogy Exchange & Surname Registry for  New York State Naturalization search for Rockland and another lower NY county     New York Genealogy Resource    Center**Genealogy Guide to Online Resources

New York Genealogy Resource Center        books on   the Beekman Patent settlers, all 17th and 18th century   information GenConnect Main NY Site leading to various New York Counties Queries        New York  History & Genealogy


New York City

For birth records from 1910 and death records from 1949, write:

Division of Vital Records
New York City Department of Health
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street, Box 4, Room 133
New York, NY 10013
Tel: 212-788-4520 

For marriage records after 1937, write to: 

City Clerk (marriage records)
1 Centre Street
New York, NY 10007 

For earlier records, write: 

Municipal Archives
Department of Records and Information Services
31 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007-1288
Tel: 212-788-8580
Fax: 212-385-0984

New York State (Except New York City, Albany, Buffalo, or Yonkers)

For birth, marriage, and death records from 1881 to present, write: 

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Section
Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237-0023

For earlier records, write to the registrar of the town or township in question. 

Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers

For birth, marriage and death records prior to 1914, write to the clerk of the city in question. 

For later records, see the address for New York state above. 

Census Records

Microfilms of the federal censuses for New York, 1790–1910, and corresponding book and microfilm indexes are available in several places throughout the state and country. There are three published indexes for the 1800 census. The 1850 index published by AISI covers only half of the towns for Westchester County, as the other half were indexed in error from the 1860 census. Some counties have "short form" copies of the 1880 census, which serve as complete indexes (by district) to that census (see the Douglas-Yates guide mentioned below). Within the state, the National Archives-Northeast Region has complete sets of these records, as does the New York Public Library, the New York State Library, and the Onondaga County Public Library. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has the census through 1920 for New York. Most of these collections include the 1910 street indexes to enumeration districts for the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Many libraries with genealogical collections have films of most or all the censuses for their particular county and often for surrounding counties. Several early New York censuses have been published, many in Tree Talks, some in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and in volumes by Ralph Van Wood for Cayuga, Herkimer, Oneida, and Ontario counties. Two enumerations were taken in New York City in 1870. Parts of the enumerations for the towns of Eastchester (Westchester County) and Brookhaven (Suffolk County) are among the few surviving schedules of the 1890 federal census. A Manhattan 1890 police census, available at the Municipal Archives, also fills part of the void of the destroyed federal census. Damaged and missing censuses include the following: 

• 1810: Cortland and part of Broome County—missing
• 1860: Chenango and Columbia counties—damaged
• 1880: Suffolk County and New York City Wards 21 and 22—damaged 

Of almost greater value in New York than the federal are the state censuses, taken every ten years from 1825 to 1875, in 1892, and again in 1905, 1915, and 1925 (pre-1825 state censuses and state copies of those for 1855–1905 were destroyed in the 1911 state library fire). Most of these censuses that have survived can be found with the county clerk, although some are with the county historian or in other locations. For a list of the whereabouts of these censuses, consult Marilyn Douglas and Melinda Yates, comps., New York State Census Records, 1790–1925, Bibliography Bulletin 88 (1981)of the New York State Library, though be wary of some errors and omissions. Films of many of the 1855, 1865, and 1875 censuses are at the The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and the New York Public Library has most films for 1855. The New York State Libraryhas microfilms of all the 1915 and 1925 censuses for the entire state and many of the earlier state censuses. 

Indexes have been prepared for some of the state censuses; they are usually found with the county historian or at the county historical society. Some of these indexes are mentioned in the Douglas Yates guide; others are listed in David Paul Davenport's The State Censuses of New York, 1825–75, Genealogical Journal 14 (1985–86): 172–97. The Douglas-Yates guide also shows the existence of the county copies of the federal censuses available locally, which are useful for checking against the federal copies as filmed by the National Archives. The state copies of the census perished in the 1911 New York State Library fire. 

The 1825, 1835, and 1845 state censuses are similar to pre-1850 federal censuses in that only the name of the head of the household is listed, although there is valuable information about the composition of the household, its agriculture and commerce, and so forth. Beginning in 1855, every person is listed, with his or her relationship to the head of the household, and, if a native New Yorker, the county of birth is shown. Years of residency in the town or city in which enumerated are also given, as is citizenship status for adult males. The 1865 census dropped the "years of residency" column but added ones for "parents of how many children" and "number of times married." It also listed active and veteran servicemen. Later state censuses provide similar information, although the schedules for 1892 listed only name, sex, color, age, country of birth, whether or not a U. S. citizen, and occupation. The date and court of naturalization for naturalized citizens was a feature of the 1925 census. 

The surviving 1790 state census schedules for Albany County were compiled by Kenneth Scott in New York: State Census of Albany County Towns in 1790 (1975; reprint; Baltimore: Clearfield Co., 1991). In his work, Scott also compared these schedules with the 1790 federal census for Albany County. 

Land Records

Colonial and state government records of patents, grants, and deeds are at the New York State Archives and are identified in Public Records Relating to Land in New York State (Albany: New York State Archives, 1979). See also Calendar of N.Y. Colonial Manuscripts Indorsed Land Papers...1643–1803 (1864; reprint; Harrison, N.Y.: Harbor Hill Books, 1987). The Secretary of State Deeds, dating from colonial times and including many private conveyances up to about 1775 (fewer to about 1830), are on microfilm at the state archives and the The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society with the usual grantor and grantee indexes. Charles F. Grim's An Essay Towards an Improved Register of Deeds, City and County of New York to December 31, 1799 "Inclusive" (New York, N.Y.: Gould, Banks & Co., 1832) indexes the secretary of state's deeds pertaining to New York City property. 

Abstracts of early deeds for Kings and Westchester counties have been published in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, beginning in vols. 48 and 50 respectively. Fred Q. Bowman, Landholders of Northeastern New York, 1739–1802 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983), covers the counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren, and Washington. Isaac N. P. Stokes's superb Iconography of Manhattan Island 1498–1909, 6 vols. (1915–28; reprint; New York, N.Y.: Arno Press, 1967) is based heavily on land records and includes detailed maps. It is well indexed. 

Bounty land in the central part of the state was awarded by lottery to New York Revolutionary War soldiers, although most sold their allotments rather than settling on them. The successful drawers are listed in The Balloting Book, and Other Documents Relating to Military Bounty Lands in the State of New York (Albany, N.Y.: Packard & Van Benthuysen, 1825). 

To help understand the settlement of western New York, see Orsamus Turner, History of Pioneer Settlement of Phelps and Gorham Purchase and Morris' Reserve (1851; reprint with supplements and indexes by LaVerne C. Cooley and George E. Lookup; Interlaken, N.Y.: Heart of the Lakes Publishing, 1976). Turner also wrote Pioneer History of the Holland Land Purchase of Western New York (1850; reprint with Cooley's index; Interlaken, N.Y.: Heart of the Lakes Publishing, 1976, and Bowie, Md: Heritage Books, 1991). See also William Chazanof, Joseph Ellicott and the Holland Land Company: The Opening of Western New York(Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1970); Ruth L. Higgins, Expansion in New York (1931; reprint; Philadelphia: Porcupine Press, 1974); and William Wyckoff, The Developer's Frontier: The Making of the Western New York Landscape (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988). Microfilm of the archives of the Holland Land Company is available at the Daniel E. Reed Library, State University at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063; Research Guide No. 55 explains these records. Karen E. Livsey's Western New York Land Transactions, 1804–1824 (Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991), is an index to early Holland Company sales. Other land company records are in the state library in Albany and scattered among other repositories. 

In the counties are deeds and mortgages and corresponding indexes to each type of record (published indexes covering into the nineteenth century are available for New York and Albany counties). These records in the county clerk's offices begin mostly with the formation of the county, but many colonial deeds were recorded in town records. Also, many land transactions were not recorded in earlier times because it was a long way to the courthouse, or the family moved on before the document could get recorded. Furthermore, with some New York lands in dispute, deed holders were reluctant to bring them in for recording. Sometimes deeds were recorded in a neighboring county, if its courthouse was closer to the party or parties involved. Many early New Yorkers simply leased land from individuals or families who held vast acreage. Evidence of residency in those cases might be found in the private papers of manorial families, such as the Livingstons, Van Rensselaers, and Van Cortlandts. Unfortunately, there is no guide to the location of all manorial records, but Sung Bok Kim's Landlord and Tenant in Colonial New York (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1978) includes an excellent overview and a good bibliography. The Livingston papers are available at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York, and are on film at the FHL. The Van Rensselaer papers are in the state library in Albany. 

Court Records

Court records can be a complex source for any state. Their records include probate records (which include wills), guardianship, naturalization, and a wide variety of other sources, ranging from criminal trials to simple road orders. All contain information about individuals within the area. It should be remembered that there are different levels of jurisdiction for courts in the United States, all of which should be considered for research under various circumstances. Court of Common Pleas, Orphan's Court, Probate Court, District Court, Superior Court, Supreme Court, and other titles are among those encountered. To study more about court records in general, see: Research in Court Records, by Arlene H. Eakle, in:
Szucs, Loretto Dennis, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, eds. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Rev. ed. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997.

Military Records

Most pre-twentieth-century New York military records are at the New York State Archives, although some were destroyed or damaged in the 1911 fire at the New York State Library. Vols. 2 and 3 of the Annual Report of the State Historian (Albany and New York, 1896, 1897) contain collected lists of colonial militia. See also Edward F. DeLancy, ed., Muster Rolls of New York Provincial Troops 1755–1764, vol. 24 of the New York Historical Society Collections (1892; reprint; Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1990), in which the age, birthplace, and occupation are given for many soldiers. 

Berthold Fernow, New York in the Revolution, vol. 1 (New Orleans: Polyanthos, 1972), was originally vol. 15 of Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York (Albany: Weed, Parsons and Co., 1887). Additional names are in New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, 2 vols., and supplement (Albany: J. B. Lyon, 1901, 1904) and Calendar of Historical Manuscripts Relating to the War of the Revolution, 2 vols. (Albany: Weed, Parsons and Co., 1868), both compiled by the New York [State] Comptroller's Office. To find other material at the state archives, consult Stefan Bielinski, ed., A Guide to the Revolutionary War Manuscripts in the New York State Library (Albany: New York State American Bicentennial Commission, 1976). See also Milton M. Klein, comp., New York in the American Revolution: A Bibliography (Albany: New York State American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, 1974). A lot of Revolutionary War material burned in the 1911 state library fire, but the remaining charred fragments are at last being microfilmed and made available for research. The state archive is preparing a computerized name index to New York soldiers and other individuals mentioned in the surviving Revolutionary War manuscripts. Other Revolutionary War material sent to Washington before the 1911 fire should be sought in the National Archives (see the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 120 [1989]: 66). 

There is much published and manuscript material on New York Loyalists. One of the best works is Harry B. Yoshpe, Disposition of Loyalist Estates in the Southern District of the State of New York (New York: Columbia University Press, 1939). Some Loyalist material is at the New York Public Library and the state archives

Hugh Hastings, ed., Military Minutes of the Council of Appointment of the State of New York, 1783–1821, 4 vols. (Albany: J. B. Lyon, 1901–04), with vol. 4 as an index, lists local officers and is useful for determining the area from which a War of 1812 soldier probably served when only his unit commander's name is known. Published material on New Yorkers in the War of 1812 is scarce, but a list put out by the New York [State] Adjutant General's Office is Index of Awards on Claims of the Soldiers of the War of 1812 (1860; reprint; Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969). The original claims are at the state archives, which also has abstracts of War of 1812 payrolls. 

There is a typescript index of Civil War participants from New York at the state archives. If the regiment is known, see Register of New York Regiments in the War of the Rebellion, 43 vols., issued as supplementary reports to the annual report of the state adjutant general for 1893–1905 (Albany: J. B. Lyon and others, 1894–1906). A Record of Commissioned Officers, Non Commissioned Officers and Suppressing the Rebellion, 8 vols. (Albany: Comstock & Cassidy, 1864–68), and Registers...the War of the Rebellion (Albany: J. B. Lyon, 1894), not indexed by name, were compiled by the New York Adjutant General's Office. Frederick Phisterer, comp., New York in the War of the Rebellion 1861–1865, 6 vols. (Albany: J. B. Lyon, 1912), lists officers only. The National Archives-Northeast Region and the state archives have the microfilm index of compiled service records of New York volunteer soldiers in the Union army. The state archives has much material on the Civil War, including town clerks' registers, which often show the soldier's full name, date and place of birth, and names of parents, including mother's maiden name. Civil War soldiers and deaths of officers and enlisted men were also noted in the population schedules of the 1865 State Census. 

Richard H. Saldaña, Index to the New York Spanish-American War Veterans, 1898, 2 vols. (North Salt Lake City, Utah: AISI Publishers, 1987), is a reprint with an index of the original three-volume report issued by the state adjutant general in 1900, arranged by regiment. For World War I, there are card files of New York state servicemen and navy nurses at the state archive. For further military information, consult: Neagles, James C. U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal and State Sources. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1994. 

Additional Sources

Flick, Alexander C., ed. History of the State of New York. 10 vols. 1933–37. Reprint. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1962.
Schweitzer, George K. New York Genealogical Research. Knoxville, Tenn: the author, 1988.
Guide to Records in the New York State Archives. Albany: New York State Archives, 1981.
Guzik, Estelle M., ed. Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area. New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, 1989.
Bailey, Rosalie Fellows. Guide to Genealogical and Biographical Sources for New York City (Manhattan) 1783–1898. New York: the author, 1954. 

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