New York Fast Facts and Key Resources

By James M. Beidler Premium

Colony founded: 1620s as New Netherland

Statehood: 1788

First federal census: 1790

Available state censuses: 1825 to 1875 (every 10 years), 1892, 1905, 1915, 1925

State-land state

Statewide birth, marriage and death records begin: 1880

Counties: 62

Contact for vital records:

New York State Department of Health

Vital Records Section

Empire State Plaza

Albany, NY 12237

(518) 474-3038

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Web Sites

Castle Garden


Cyndi’s List: New York


Ellis Island


Migrations New York


New Netherland Institute 2009 Project


New York GenWeb Project


New York State Newspaper Project



Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860) by J.H. French (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Genealogical and Biographical Directory to Persons in New Netherland, from 1613 to 1674, 4 volumes, by David M. Riker (Higginson Books)

Genealogical Resources in New York (City) by Estelle M. Guzik (Jewish Genealogical Society)

Guide to Genealogical and Biographical Sources for New York City (Manhattan), 1783-1898 by Rosalie Fellows Bailey (Clearfield Co.)

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record CD-ROM Edition, 1870-1998 (NYG&B)

New York Genealogical Research by George K. Schweitzer (self-published)

New York Marriages Previous to 1784 (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

New York State Census Records, 1790-1925 compiled by Marilyn Douglas and Melinda Yates (University of the State of New York)

New York State Censuses and Substitutes by William Dollarhide (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

New York State Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources by Gordon Remington (New England Historic Genealogical Society)

Palatine Families of New York, 2 volumes, by Henry Z. Jones Jr. (Picton Press)

Worden’s Index to The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 1870-1998 CD (NYG&B)

Organizations and Archives

Central New York Genealogical Society

Box 104, Colvin Station, Syracuse, NY 13205, <>

NARA Northeast Region — New York

201 Varick St., New York, NY 10014, (866) 840-1752, <>

New York City Municipal Archives

31 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007, (212) 639-9675, <>

New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

122 East 58th St., New York, NY 10022, (212) 755-8532, <>

New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, (212) 873-3400, <>

New York Public Library

Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018, (212) 930-0830, <>

New York State Archives

State Education Department, Cultural Education Center, Room 11A36, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230, (518) 474-8955, <>

New York State Library

Cultural Education Center, Seventh Floor, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230, (518) 474-5161, <>

Western New York Genealogical Society

Box 338, Hamburg, NY 14075, <>
From the November 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine.