Sample Holdings

  • All Surrogate's Court Records including wills, inventories of estates, judicial settlements of estates, administrations papers, probate of real estate and guardianship papers (1783-1915)
  • Assessment records/tax rolls (beginning about 1850 for most towns)
  • Births, deaths and marriages  (1847 - 1849); marriages (1905 - 1935) - with few exceptions these events were not recorded by the local governments prior to 1847, nor between the year 1850 and 1880; It was not until 1881 that New York State town clerks were required to make these recordings.
  • Board of Supervisors' proceedings (1787 - present)
  • 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.
  • Civil and Criminal Court records beginning (1773)
  • Coroner's inquests (1787 - 1932) 
  • County loan indentures (mortgages) (1786 - 1849)
  • County, Supreme and Predecessor Court records beginning (1782)
  • Deeds and mortgages (1773 - present). Other land records include County Loan Indentures (1786 - 1849) and the Book of Forfeitures which is a record of the 1784 sale of properties confiscated at the end of the Revolutionary War.    *****These records are self-service items located in the 1st floor vault, near the County Clerk. To search these records if you are local, please schedule time through the "County Clerk" department, and use the "Searching" option. This blocks time in the Deed Room for you to access these records. 
  • Federal and New York State Census enumerations
  • Insolvency papers (1795 - 1912)
  • Naturalization records (1794 - 1952)
  • Official appointments, commissions and oaths of office (1850-1905)
  • Revolutionary War pension applications (1820 - 1831)
  • Town Board minutes (dates vary)