New York Archives and Libraries

From FamilySearch Wiki

(Difference between revisions)
(RTENOTITLE; div style)
(typo)
(38 intermediate revisions by 5 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|RTENOTITLE]] [[New York]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|RTENOTITLE]] [[New_York_Archives_and_Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''  
+
{{TOCright}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[New York]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[New_York_Archives_and_Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''<br><br>
  
The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers. [[Image:New_York_State_Cultural_Center2.jpg|thumb|right|350px|New York State Cultural Education Center. Includes the State Archives, Library, and Museum.]] <br>
+
These archives, libraries, and societies preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in New York State.  
  
:'''[[New York State Library|New York State Library]]<ref>Elizabeth Petty Bentley, ''Genealogist's Address Book: State and Local Resources, with Special Resources Including Ethnic and Religious Organizations, 6th ed.'' (Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Publ., 2009), 368-69. {{WorldCat|317917451|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1619813|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009}}.</ref><br>'''Cultural Education Center<br>Empire State Plaza<br>Albany, NY 12230<br>Phone: 518-474-5161<br>Fax: 518-474-5786<br>Internet: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/
+
=== National  ===
  
The Humanities-History section has local histories, genealogies, atlases, church and cemetery records (including the Daughters of the American Revolution collection), city directories, microfilmed newspapers, microfilmed federal and state censuses, microfilmed passenger lists, and periodicals. The Manuscripts and Special Collections Section houses nongovernmental maps and manuscripts. The library staff will make photocopies for a fee.  
+
[[Image:NYC Custom-house-l.jpg|right|250px|NYC Custom-house-l.jpg]]'''[[National Archives Northeast Region (New York City)]]'''<br>Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House<br>One Bowling Green<br>New York, NY 10004<br>Telephone: Toll-free 866-840-1752 or 212-401-1620<br>Fax: 212-401-1638<br>Internet: [http://www.archives.gov/northeast/ www.archives.gov/northeast]<br><br>
  
*A guide to the library's holdings of genealogical value is Melinda Yates, ''Gateway to America: genealogical research in the New York State Library, 2nd ed.'' (Albany, N.Y.: University of the state of New York, State Education Dept., New York State Library, 1982). {{WorldCat|12235484|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|655753|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 D23y}}.  
+
:This branch of the National Archives has records created by federal agencies and courts in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The archives has naturalization records, internal revenue service records, customs lists, and records of the U.S. District Court of Appeals. They also have microfilms of all available federal census records, many naturalization records, court records, passenger lists for New York City and other ports, Revolutionary War military records, some Civil War service indexes, and World War I draft registrations. The staff will make photocopies for a fee.<ref name="DB81">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 81. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref><br><br>
*''New York State Library card catalog file of vital records in the History and Genealogy section'' ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Department, 1979?]). {{WorldCat|760204979|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|165646|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6332544}}. Microfiche of hand and typewritten cards.
+
*New York State Library (Albany, New York), ''Surname card index'' ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Unit, 1979?]). {{FHL|220918|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6331486}}. Surname catalog of the American History and Genealogy section of the New York State Library.
+
*The New York State Library also has a set of thirteen Genealogical Information Sources, which can be purchased for $7.00. Library materials can be borrowed through the New York State Interlibrary Loan network.
+
  
'''[[New York State Archives|The New York State Archives]]'''<br>Cultural Education Center, 11th Floor<br>Empire State Plaza<br>Albany, NY 12230<br>Tel: +1-518-474-8955<br>Fax: +1-518-473-9985<br>Internet: [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml]  
+
'''[[New York Public Library|New York Public Library]][[Image:New York Public Library exterior.jpg|right|250px|New York Public Library exterior.jpg]]<br>'''U.S. History, Local History &amp; Genealogy Division<br>Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 315S<br>New York, NY 10018-2788<br>Tel: 212-930-0829<br>E-mail: [http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/36/node/126488 Ask a librarian]<br>Internet: [http://www.nypl.org/ http://www.nypl.org/]<br><br>
  
[http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_genealogy.shtml Genealogical Records at the Archives]  
+
:This is one of the largest research libraries in the world including excellent genealogical resources. The library has city and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records.<ref name="DB81" /> For maps, write to the Map Division at the same address. Guides and catalogs to this important library include:
 +
:*New York Public Library: Research Libraries, ''Dictionary Catalog of the Local History and Genealogy Division'', 18 Volumes and four suppelments. (Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1974). {{WorldCat|1131075|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|137032|title-id|disp=FHL Q Book 974.71 A3nd}}.<br>
 +
:*Sam P. Williams, ''Guide to the Research Collections of the New York Public Library'' (Chicago, Illinois: American Library Association, 1975). {{WorldCat|1365290|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|203628|title-id|disp=FHL Book 974.71 A3w}}.<br>
 +
:*Estelle M. Guzik, ''Genealogical Resources in New York'' (New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, 2003), 137-86. {{WorldCat|52199100|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|1121308|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 D27gg}}.
 +
:*The [http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/about.cfm New York Public Library Picture Collection] covers over 12,000 subjects and is a valuable tool to researchers and others.<br>
  
The New York State Archives has the original records of New York government jurisdictions. The collection includes manuscripts, statewide vital records indexes, documents relating to land grants, land survey maps, alien deposition records, military records, state court records, prison records, [[Erie Canal|Erie Canal]] passenger lists for 1827–1829, wills, and estate records. The archives collection also has microfilms of some state censuses and the original census returns for 1915 and 1925.  
+
'''Huguenot Society of America'''<br>Library<br>20 West 44th Street #510<br>New York, NY 10036<br>Telephone: 212-755-0592<br>E-mail: [mailto:hugsoc@verizon.net hugsoc@verizon.net]<br>Internet: http://www.huguenotsocietyofamerica.org/ <br>
  
The Family History Library has very few of the state archives records on microfilm. The state archives makes photocopies and performs limited searches of indexed records for a fee, but it does not circulate microfilms of land and vital records. The guide to the collection is ''Guide to Records in the New York State Archives'' (1981; reprint, Albany, New York: New York State Archives, 1982; Family History Library book {{FHL|29264|title-id|disp=974.7 A3ns}}). An expanded 1993 edition is available from the New York State Archives.
+
:Largest Huguenot collection outside of London, including records from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, and colonial America since the 1600s.<ref name="DB81" /> Topics include Huguenot history in France, Huguenot history in other countries, church history, French history, American history, biography, genealogy, manuscripts, societies, periodicals, and theology.<ref>[http://huguenotsocietyofamerica.org/?page=Library Library] in ''Huguenot Society of America'' (accessed 19 November 2013).</ref>
  
'''National Archives—Northeast Region<br>'''201 Varick Street<br>12th Floor<br>(Entrance on Houston Street, between Varick and Hudson)<br>New York, NY 10014<br>Telephone: Toll-free 866-840-1752 or 212-401-1620<br>Fax: 212-401-1738<br>Internet: http://www.archives.gov/northeast/  
+
=== State  ===
 +
 
 +
[[Image:New York State Cultural Center2.jpg|right|250px|New York State Cultural Center2.jpg]]'''[[New York State Archives|New York State Archives]]'''<br>Cultural Education Center<br>222 Madison Ave<br>Albany, NY 12230<br>Telephone: 518-474-5161<br>E-mail: [mailto:archref@mail.nysed.gov archref@mail.nysed.gov]<br>Internet: [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml] and [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_genealogy.shtml Genealogical Records at the Archives]<br><br>
 +
 
 +
:The New York State Archives has the original records of New York government jurisdictions. The collection includes manuscripts, statewide vital records indexes, documents relating to land grants, land survey maps, alien deposition records, military records, state court records, prison records, [[Erie Canal|Erie Canal]] passenger lists for 1827–1829, wills, and estate records. The archives collection also has microfilms of some state censuses and the original census returns for 1915 and 1925.<ref name="DB83">Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.</ref> <ref>[http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/index.shtml Research] in ''New York State Archives'' (accessed 19 November 2013).</ref><br>
 
<div style="float: left; width: 147%">
 
<div style="float: left; width: 147%">
The National Archives—Northeast Region has records created by federal agencies in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The archives has naturalization records, internal revenue service records, customs lists, and records of the U.S. District Court of Appeals. The archives also has microfilms of all available federal census records, many naturalization records, court records, passenger lists for New York City and other ports, Revolutionary War military records, some Civil War service indexes, and World War I draft registrations. The staff will make photocopies for a fee.  
+
:The Family History Library has very few of the state archives records on microfilm. The state archives makes photocopies and performs limited searches of indexed records for a fee, but it does not circulate microfilms of land and vital records. The guide to the collection is <br>
 +
:*''Guide to Records in the New York State Archives'', 2nd ed. (Albany, New York: State Archives and Records Administration, 1993). {{WorldCat|28316410|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|687613|title-id|disp=FHL Book 974.7 A3ns 1993}}.<br>
  
The National Archives has announced the records of this branch will be moved to the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green in New York City in the fall of 2012.&nbsp;The new home will be located in the same building as the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.  
+
'''[[New York State Library|New York State Library]]<br>'''Cultural Education Center<br>222 Madison Ave<br>Albany, NY 12230<br>Telephone: 518-474-5161<br>Fax: 518-474-5786<br>E-mail: [http://www.forms2.nysed.gov/nysl/refserv.cfm E-mail Reference Requests]<br>Internet: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/ <br>
  
'''[[New York Public Library|The New York Public Library]][[Image:{{NY Public Library}}|RTENOTITLE]]<br>'''U.S. History, Local History &amp; Genealogy Division<br>Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 315S<br>New York, NY 10018-2788<br>Tel: +1-212-930-0829<br>Internet: [http://www.nypl.org/ http://www.nypl.org/]
+
:The Humanities-History section has local histories, genealogies, atlases, church and cemetery records (including the Daughters of the American Revolution collection), city directories, microfilmed newspapers, microfilmed federal and state censuses, microfilmed passenger lists, and periodicals. The Manuscripts and Special Collections Section houses nongovernmental maps and manuscripts. The library staff will make photocopies for a fee.<ref name="DB83" /> <ref>[http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/gengen.htm Genealogy] at ''New York State Library'' (accessed 19 November 2013).</ref> Catalogs and guides to the library's genealogical holdings include:
 +
:*Melinda Yates, ''Gateway to America: Genealogical Research in the New York State Library, 2nd ed.'' (Albany, N.Y.: University of the state of New York, State Education Dept., New York State Library, 1982). {{WorldCat|12235484|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|655753|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 D23y}}.
 +
:*''New York State Library Card Catalog File of Vital Records in the History and Genealogy Section'' ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Department, 1979?]). {{WorldCat|760204979|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|165646|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6332544}}. Microfiche of hand and typewritten cards.
 +
:*New York State Library (Albany, New York), ''Surname Card Index'' ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Unit, 1979?]). {{FHL|220918|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6331486}}. Surname catalog of the American History and Genealogy section of the New York State Library.
 +
:*The New York State Library also has over two dozen [http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/genealogy/gentopic.htm genealogy research topic guides] online.<br>
  
The library has city and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records. For maps, write to the Map Division at the same address. A helpful guide to this important library is Sam P. Williams, ''Guide to the Research Collections of the New York Public Library'' (Chicago, Illinois: American Library Association, 1975; Family History Library book {{FHL|203628|title-id|disp=974.71 A3w}}).  
+
'''Holland Society of New York'''<br>Library, 5th floor<br>20 West 44th Street #509<br>New York, NY 10036<br>Telephohe: 212-758-1675<br>Fax: 212- 758-2232<br>E-mail: [mailto:info@hollandsociety.org info@hollandsociety.org]<br>Internet: http://www.hollandsociety.com/index1.html <br>
  
Several extensive catalogs of the Local History and Genealogy Division of the [[New York Public Library]] have been published, including one by the New York Public Library: Research Libraries, ''Dictionary Catalog of the Local History and Genealogy Division'', 18 Volumes and four suppelments. (Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall, 1974; Family History Library book Q {{FHL|137032|title-id|disp=974.71 A3nd}}). Use catalogs from other libraries to find records not available at the Family History Library. Obtain copies through interlibrary loan.
+
:Emphasis is on the early Dutch, but their collection actually also includes all ethnic groups of the Atlantic coast and colonial America.<ref name="DB81" /> For New Netherland studies, especially genealogy and family history, 3,000 regional histories (present day New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio), 3,000 family histories and genealogies, and 1,000 books on genealogical research, early American history, the Netherlands, Dutch language, art, and architecture, and religion, including Dutch Reformed Church parish records.<ref>[http://www.hollandsociety.com/library.html Publications and Library] in ''The Holland Society of New York'' (accessed 19 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
<br>The[http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/about.cfm New York Public Library Picture Collection ]covers over 12,000 subjects and is a valuable tool to researchers and others.  
+
[[Image:Newyorkhistoricalsociety.jpg|right|250px|Newyorkhistoricalsociety.jpg]]'''[[New-York Historical Society]]'''<br>170 Central Park West<br>New York, NY 10024<br>Tel: 212-873-3400<br>Fax: 212-875-1591<br>E-mail: [https://www.nyhistory.org/library_reference_forms Library Reference Form]<br>Internet: [https://www.nyhistory.org/web/default.php?section=library https://www.nyhistory.org/web/default.php?section=library]<br><br>
  
<br>'''New York City Department of Records and Information Services<br>'''Municipal Archives<br>31 Chambers Street, Room 103<br>New York, NY 10007<br>Tel: +1-212-788-8580<br>Internet:[Http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/home.html http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/home.html]
+
:The historical society has extensive collections of manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, city directories, maps, and photographs.<ref name="DB81" /> Major topics: New York City and State history, colonial history, American military history, religions, slave trading, biography and genealogy, and New York City photographs, and records of several major charities such as the [[Children's Aid Society]], and the [[New York Foundling Hospital]] (which were both involved in the [[National Orphan Train Complex|orphan train movement]] sending orphans away from big cities into rural foster care).<ref>[https://www.nyhistory.org/library/collections Patricia D. Klingenstein Library] in ''New-York Historical Society Museum and Library'' (accessed 19 November 2013).</ref> A helpful guide is
 +
:*Arthur J. Breton, ''A Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the New-York Historical Society'', 2 vols. (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1972). {{WorldCat|446043|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|413300|title-id|disp=FHL Book 974.7 H23b}}).
  
The Municipal Archives has city birth, death, and marriage records; the 1890 police census; city directories; voter registrations; almshouse records; and municipal government records. When requesting copies of records include a self-addressed stamped envelope. A growing collection of records is available on microfilm at the Family History Library.
+
=== Regional  ===
  
'''New York Genealogical and Biographical Society<br>'''36 West 44th Street, 7th Floor<br>New York, NY 10036-8105<br>Tel: +1-212-755-8532<br>Fax: +1-212-754-4218<br>Internet: [http://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/ http://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/]
+
[[Image:AlbanyInstituteofHistoryandArt.JPG|right|250px|AlbanyInstituteofHistoryandArt.JPG]]'''Albany Institute of History and Art'''<br>125 Washington Ave<br>Albany, NY 12210<br>Telephone: 518-463-4478<br>Fax: 518-462-1522<br>Internet: http://www.albanyinstitute.org/ <br><br>
  
This library has a major collection of New York State genealogy and local history, including both published and manuscript materials. The collection includes federal and state censuses, city directories, church, cemetery, Bible, land, and probate records. Manuscripts acquired before 1940 are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library.  
+
:One of the best U.S. collections on the economic and social life and culture of Albany and the upper Hudson Valley region, including the best indexes to original records, documents, 1000 linear feet of manuscripts, 85,000 photographs, Bibles, and rare books of families from the 1600s through the colonial period to the present.<ref name="DB83" /> <ref>[http://www.albanyinstitute.org/a-brief-history.html A Brief History] in ''Albany Institute of History and Art'' (19 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
'''[[New England Historic Genealogical Society]]''' has an excellent New York collection.  
+
'''Bronx County Historical Society'''<br>Research Library<br>3309 Bainbridge Avenue<br>The Bronx, NY 10467<br>Telephone: 718-881-8900<br>Fax: 718-881-4827<br>E-mail: [mailto:librarian@bronxhistoricalsociety.org librarian@bronxhistoricalsociety.org]<br>Internet: http://www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org/welcome.html <br>
  
'''New York Historical Society<br>'''170 Central Park West<br>New York, NY 10024<br>Tel: +1-212-873-3400<br>Fax: +1-212-875-1591<br>Internet: [https://www.nyhistory.org/web/default.php?section=library https://www.nyhistory.org/web/default.php?section=library]
+
:Very large collection of manuscripts, biographical files, family folders, obituaries, cemetery transcripts, city directories, maps, photos, marriage records, and books with a cross-indexed card file covering the history of the Bronx, New York City, and Westchester County.<ref name="DB81" /> <ref>[http://www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org/library Research Library and Archives] in ''Bronx County Historical Society'' (accessed 21 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
The historical society has extensive collections of manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, city directories, maps, and photographs. A helpful aid is Arthur J. Breton, ''A Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the New-York Historical Society'', Two Volumes. (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, Inc., 1972; Family History Library book {{FHL|413300|title-id|disp=974.7 H23b}}).  
+
[[Image:Brooklyn-historical-society.jpg|right|250px|Brooklyn-historical-society.jpg]]'''[[Brooklyn Historical Society]]'''<br>Othmer Library<br>128 Pierrepont Street<br>Brooklyn, NY 11201<br>Telephone: 718-222-4111<br>Fax: 718-222-3794<br>E-mail: [http://www.brooklynhistory.org/library/ask.html Ask a Question]<br>Internet: http://brooklynhistory.org/ <br><br>
  
'''Brooklyn Historical Society<br>'''128 Pierrepont Street<br>Brooklyn, NY 12201<br>Tel: +1-718-624-0890<br>Fax: +1-718-875-3869<br>Internet: [http://www.brooklynhistory.org/default/index.html http://www.brooklynhistory.org/default/index.html]
+
:General history, especially the natural, civil, literary, and ecclesiastical history of the United States, the State of New York, and villages of Long Island, personal and family papers, municipal records from the towns and villages that consolidated into Brooklyn, Dutch and English settlement on Long Island, and New England immigrants to Suffolk County. Great indexes to family names.<ref name="DB81" /> <ref>[http://www.brooklynhistory.org/library/about.html The Othmer Library] in ''Brooklyn Historical Society'' (accessed 21 November 2013).</ref> See
 +
:*Karin N. Mango, comp., ''The Long Island Historical Society Calendar of Manuscripts: 1763–1783'' (New York: Publishing Center for Cultural Resources, 1980). {{FHL|87833|title-id|disp=FHL Book 974.721 A3L}}.<br>
  
General Library, reference inquiries and archival appointments http://www.brooklynhistory.org/library/ask.html
+
'''Buffalo and Erie County Public Library'''<br>1 Lafayette Square<br>Buffalo , NY 14203<br>Telephone: 716-858-8900<br>E-mail: [http://www.buffalolib.org/content/contact-us/email-us Email Us]<br>Internet: http://www.buffalolib.org/ <br>
  
The Brooklyn Historical Society is housed in the Othmer Library. The library houses special collections, archives and manuscripts, image and oral history collections. The library possesses a remarkable and unique collection of Brooklyn and Long Island materials that provides important insights into our nation's history and heritage.  
+
:Good genealogy collection with good indexes, many biographies, family folders, county and local histories for the entire state.<ref name="DB83" /> 25,000 local histories, 5,500 genealogies, city directories, ''New York State Vital Records Index'', local vital records, 110-drawer card index of the Local History File about people, places, and things in Western NY, church and cemetery records, genealogical and local history periodicals, newspapers, maps, military histories, ethnic research resources, indices to passenger lists, immigrant ships, and English parish records.<ref>[http://www.buffalolib.org/content/grosvenor/genealogy-collection Genealogy Collection] in ''Buffalo and Erie County Public Library'' (accessed 21 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
Formerly known as the Long Island Historical Society, the Brooklyn Historical Society has an extensive collection of genealogical manuscripts. See Karin N. Mango, compiler, ''The Long Island Historical Society Calendar of Manuscripts: 1763–1783'' (New York, New York: Publishing Center for Cultural Resources, 1980; Family History Library book {{FHL|87833|title-id|disp=974.721 A3L}}).  
+
[[Image:Children's Aid Society.JPG|right|250px|Children's Aid Society.JPG]]'''[[Children's Aid Society]]'''<br>105 East 22nd Street<br>New York, NY 10010<br>Telephone: 212-949-4800<br>Internet: http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/ <br><br>
  
'''Olin-Kroch URIS Library<br>'''Cornell University<br>Ithaca, NY 14853-5301<br>Tel: +1-607-255-5068<br>Fax: +1-607-255-9346<br>Internet: [http://www.brooklynhistory.org/default/index.html http://www.brooklynhistory.org/default/index.html]
+
:This was one of two major organizations contributing to the [[National Orphan Train Complex|orphan train movement]]. Part of their archives are at the [[New-York Historical Society]].<br><br>
  
Cornell University has a large collection of Protestant church records for western New York as well as an excellent collection of histories, maps, newspapers, and New York censuses.  
+
[[Image:Cornell Olin Library 3.jpg|right|150px|Cornell Olin Library 3.jpg]]'''[[Cornell University Library|Cornell University Library]]<br>'''Cornell University<br>Ithaca, NY 14853-5301<br>Telephone: 607-255-3393<br>Fax: 607-255-6788<br>Email: [http://www.library.cornell.edu/ask/email Ask a Librarian]<br>Internet: http://www.library.cornell.edu/ <br><br>
  
'''Montgomery County Department of History and Archives<br>'''Old Court House, P. O. Box 1500<br>Fonda, NY 12068-1500<br>Tel: +1-518-853-8187<br>Fax: +1-518-853-8218<br>Internet: [http://www.brooklynhistory.org/default/index.html http://www.brooklynhistory.org/default/index.html]
+
:*Cornell University has a large collection of Protestant church records for western New York, as well as histories, maps, newspapers, and New York censuses. Rare books and manuscripts are outstanding, and they publish the best research guides to New York counties.<ref name="DB83">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 83. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref> They also have Africana, American Indian, and Latino collections.<ref>[http://guides.library.cornell.edu/ushistory History: A Guide to United States Historical Research at Cornell] in ''Cornell University Library'' (accessed 23 November 2013).</ref> <br><br>
  
This county archives has the largest collection of family genealogies, church record transcripts, local histories, and town records for the Mohawk Valley. A guide to records there is Violet Fallone, compiler, ''Catalogue of Historical and Genealogical Material in the Montgomery County Department of History and Archives'', Revised Edition. (Fonda, New York: Montgomery County Department of History &amp; Archives, 1983; Family History Library book {{FHL|184874|title-id|disp=974.746/F2 A3r; film 1320716 item 2; supplement on fiche 6104017}}).  
+
'''Historic Hudson Valley Library'''<br>639 Bedford Road<br>Tarrytown, NY 10591<br>Telephone: 914-366-6901<br>E-mail: [mailto:librarian@hudsonvalley.org librarian@hudsonvalley.org]<br>Internet: http://www.hudsonvalley.org/education/library <br>
  
'''New York State Council of Genealogical Organizations<br>'''P.O. Box 2593<br>Syracuse, NY 13220-2593<br>Internet: [http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyscogo/ http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyscogo/]
+
:By appointment only. This library has unique sources for early Hudson River migration, steamboats, industries, and culture.<ref name="DB83" /> 4,000 rare books, 3,000 manuscripts, as well as maps, pamphlets, and microfilm to explain the cultural and historical significance of the Hudson River Valley<ref>[http://www.hudsonvalley.org/education/library Library] in ''Historic Hudson Valley'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
This council was formed in 1990 for education, publication, communication, and public advocacy in behalf of state genealogical societies and libraries.  
+
[[Image:Old Montgomery Co Courthouse NY.jpg|right|250px|Old Montgomery Co Courthouse NY.jpg]]'''[[Montgomery County Department of History and Archives]]'''<br>Old Court House, P. O. Box 1500<br>9 Park Street<br>Fonda, NY 12068-1500<br>Tel: 518-853-8186 or 518-853-8187<br>Fax: 518-853-8392<br>Internet: [https://www.co.montgomery.ny.us/sites/public/government/historian/Historian_Development/default.aspx Welcome to Montgomery County History &amp; Archives]<br><br>
  
'''Gemeentearchief (Amsterdam Municipal Archives)<br>'''Amsteldijk 67<br>1074 HZ Amsterdam<br>Netherlands<br>Tel: (020) 664 6916<br>Fax: (020) 675 0596<br>Internet: [http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyscogo/ http://gemeentearchief.amsterdam.nl/]
+
:This county archives has the largest collection of family genealogies, church record transcripts, local histories, and town records for the Mohawk Valley, and for upstate New York.<ref name="DB83" /> A guide is
 +
:*Violet Fallone, comp., ''Catalogue of Historical and Genealogical Material in the Montgomery County Department of History and Archives'', rev ed. (Fonda, New York: Montgomery County Department of History and Archives, 2005). {{WorldCat|74492316|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|184874|title-id|disp=FHL Film 1320716 item 2; Book 974.746/F2 A3r}}.<br>
  
The Amsterdam Municipal Archives contains some early Dutch notarial records that are related to what is now New York.  
+
'''[[New York City Department of Records]]<br>'''Municipal Archives<br>31 Chambers Street, Room 103<br>New York, NY 10007<br>Tel: 212-788-8580<br>Internet: http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/archives/geneology.shtml <br>
  
Addresses of county courthouses, surrogate courts, and county records centers are found in Alice Eichholtz, editor, ''Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources.'' Revised edition. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, Incorporated, 1992; Family History Library book {{FHL|479190|title-id|disp=973 D27rb 1992}}). Addresses of county courthouses and some town clerk's offices and surrogate's court offices (along with brief descriptions of holdings and services) are found in Elizabeth Petty Bentley, comp., County Courthouse Book (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1990; Family History Library book {{FHL|754831|title-id|disp=973 D24bena}}).  
+
:From Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island births prior to 1910; deaths reported prior to 1949; and marriages reported prior to 1930. Also, the 1890 police census, state censuses, city directories, voter registrations, cemetery records, almshouse records, coroner records, court records, photos, and municipal government records.<ref>[http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/archives/collections.shtml Collections] in ''NYC Department of Records'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
Estelle M. Guzik, editor, ''Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area'' (New York, New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, Incorporated 1989;&nbsp; Family History Library book {{FHL|383386|title-id|disp=974.71 A3ge; fiche 6100654}}) has information on more than 100 archives, including 52 government agencies and courts, 32 libraries, and 20 other archives in the New York metropolitan area.  
+
'''New York City Municipal Reference and Research Center'''<br>31 Chambers Street, Room 112<br>New York NY 10007<br>Telephone: 212-788-8590<br>Fax: 212-788-8589<br>E-mail: [http://www.nyslittree.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/contact.requestform.cfm Contact Us]<br>
  
The Historical Records Survey has published a guide to the records of Albany, Bronx, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Kings, Richmond, and Ulster counties. The series is titled ''Inventory of the County Archives of New York State'', Nine Volumes. (New York, New York: Historical Records Survey, 1937–40). These guides are on microfilm or microfiche and can help you learn more about the history and typical record-keeping systems of New York counties. The Family History Library has all but the guide for Richmond County. All guides are listed in the Family History Library Catalog Locality Search under:
+
:Come here for street name origins, and city council papers.<ref name="DB81" /> See also [http://oldstreets.com/ A Guide to Former Street Names in Manhattan].<br><br>
  
NEW YORK, [COUNTY] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES
+
[[Image:New York Foundling Hospital entrance.jpg|right|250px|New York Foundling Hospital entrance.jpg]]'''[[New York Foundling Hospital]]'''<br>Record Information Department<br>Attn: Yvonne Wintz<br>590 Avenue of the Americas<br>New York, NY 10011<br>Telephone: 212-206-4171<br>E-mail: [mailto:info@nyfoundling.org info@nyfoundling.org]<br>Internet: https://www.nyfoundling.org/<br><br>
  
Similar unpublished material for most other counties is at the New York State Archives at [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml].  
+
:This was one of two major organizations contributing to the [[National Orphan Train Complex|orphan train movement]]. Part of their archives are at the [[New-York Historical Society]].<br><br>
  
The New York Historical Resources Center at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York is publishing a ''Guide to Historical Resources'' for each county in New York. These guides inventory records, including family history and genealogy, at 1,700 historical societies and libraries, but they do not include public records at courthouses. Most guides have been completed and are available at the Family History Library. The information is also available through interlibrary loan from libraries connected to the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN).  
+
'''New York State Historical Association'''<br>Research Library<br>5798 State Route 80<br>Cooperstown, NY 13326<br>Telephone: 607-547-1470<br>Fax: 607-547-1405<br>E-mail: [mailto:Library@nysha.org Library@nysha.org]<br>Internet: http://www.nysha.org/ <br>
  
Also see:  
+
:Very large collection, but has more sources for upstate New York, including manuscripts, periodicals, family folders, books, maps, biographies, county histories, genealogies of New York State families, church and cemetery records, newspaper indexes, census records (1790-1930), and city directories.<ref name="DB83" /> <ref>[http://library.nysha.org/collections/ Collections] in ''NYSHA'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref> <br><br>
  
Kronman, Barbara. ''The Guide to New York City Public Records,'' Fourth Edition. New York, New York: Public Interest Clearinghouse, 1992. ( Family History Library book {{FHL|640284|title-id|disp=974.71 A3k}}.) Includes chapters on city government, courts, libraries, and personal information. Shows how to obtain vital records, name change records, and naturalizations.  
+
'''Onondaga Historical Association'''<br>Library<br>321 Montgomery Street<br>Syracuse, NY. 13202<br>Telephone:315-428-1864<br>Fax: 315-471-2133<br>E-mail: [http://www.cnyhistory.org/contact.html Contact Us]]<br>Internet: http://www.cnyhistory.org/index.html <br>
  
=== Family History Centers  ===
+
:Very large collection of 10,000 family folders for northeastern families, histories of Syracuse and Onondaga counties, photographs, diaries, correspondence, business records, maps, newspapers, and African American sources.<ref name="DB83" /> <ref>[http://www.cnyhistory.org/research.html Public Research Center] in ''Onondaga Historical Association'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
A large collection of records is available through the LDS Church's Family History Library microfilms, and microfiche. If you are not able to make a personal visit to the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah, you can make use of many of these resources through a local Family History Center (FHC).  
+
'''Queens Historical Society'''<br>Library<br>143-35 37th Ave<br>Flushing, NY 11354<br>Telephone: 718-939-0647<br>Fax: 718-539-988<br>E-mail: [http://queenshistoricalsociety.org/contact.html Contact the Queens Historical Society]<br>Internet: http://queenshistoricalsociety.org/ <br>
  
For a current list of these centers see [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Find a Family History Center Near You]] on the Internet. For a typed list of Centers in New York State see.  
+
:Large facility with many indexes to biographies, local and American histories, maps, atlases, manuscripts, photographs, family papers, rare books, and genealogies<ref name="DB81" /> <ref>[http://queenshistoricalsociety.org/library-and-collections.html Library and Collections] in ''Queens Historical Society'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
=== Web Sites  ===
+
[[Image:Reed Library Fredonia.jpg|right|250px|Reed Library Fredonia.jpg]]'''Daniel A. Reed Library at SUNY Fredonia'''<br>State University of New York<br>Fredonia, New York 14063<br>Telephone: 716-673-3184<br>Internet: http://www.fredonia.edu/library/ <br><br>
  
You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from New York in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. Tthe following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:
+
:Most of the Holland Land Company (1789-1869) land grant patents for western New York, and northwestern Pennsylvania are found here.<ref name="DB83" /> Collections also have American Indians including primarily the Seneca, with some for the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Tuscarora tribes, local histories for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, and the bordering counties in New York and Pennsylvania, manuscripts including church papers, and databases.<ref>[http://www.fredonia.edu/library/collections/archives/ Archives and Special Collections] in ''SUNY Fredonia'' (accessed 19 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
'''USGenWeb'''  
+
'''Staten Island Historical Society'''<br>Library<br>441 Clarke Avenue<br> Staten Island 10306-1198<br>Telephone: 718-351-1611 (Society)<br>718-351-1617 (Museum)<br>Fax: 718-351-6057<br>
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/]
+
:Staten Island was a gateway to immigrants who moved farther west. The Society's collection emphasizes colonial records, but includes the WPA index cards of deeds, ''Vosburgh Church Indexes'' of tombstone inscriptions and dozen churches (not Catholic), genealogical correspondence, city directories back to 1883/1884, real estate and insurance maps, and photos organized by town, then street.<ref name="DB81" /> <ref>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyrichmo/misc/sihs.html Staten Island Historical Society] in ''RootsWeb'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref><br><br>
  
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.  
+
'''Steele Memorial Library'''<br>101 E Church Street<br>Elmira, NY 14901<br>Telephone: 607-733-9173<br>E-mail: [http://www.steele.lib.ny.us/contactus.htm Contact Us]<br>Internet: http://www.steele.lib.ny.us/index.htm <br>
  
'''Roots-L'''  
+
:Good indexes for biographies, genealogies, family folders, periodicals and manuscripts, obituary index, vital records index, NY county histories, newspapers, censuses, Chemung County Catholic Church records 1848-1910, and genealogical periodicals.<ref name="DB83" /> <ref>[http://www.steele.lib.ny.us/genealogy_collection.htm Genealogy Collection] in ''Chemung County Library District'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref>
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/ http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/]
+
=== Outside New York  ===
  
=== Sources  ===
+
[[Image:NEHGS Newbury Street.jpg|right|150px|NEHGS Newbury Street.jpg]]'''[[New England Historic Genealogical Society]]<br>'''101 Newbury Street<br>Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007<br>Telephone: &nbsp;617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231<br>Fax: &nbsp;617-536-7307<br>E-mail: [mailto:info@nehgs.org info@nehgs.org]<br>Internet: [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html AmericanAncestors.org]<br><br>
  
{{reflist}}
+
:Has an excellent New York collection, especially county and local histories, newspapers, and some probate records.<br><br>
  
{{New York|New York}}{{U.S. Archives and Libraries}} {{-}}  
+
[[Image:Stadsarchief Amsterdam.jpg|right|250px|Stadsarchief Amsterdam.jpg]]'''[[Stadsarchief Amsterdam]] (Amsterdam Municipal Archives)'''<br>Amsteldijk 67<br>1074 HZ Amsterdam<br>Netherlands<br>Tel: (020) 664 6916<br>Fax: (020) 675 0596<br>Internet: http://stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl/<br><br>
[[Category:New_York_Family_History_Centers|New York Family History Centers]] [[Category:New_York|Archives and Libraries]] [[Category:United_States_Repositories]] </div>
+
 
 +
:These archives contain early Dutch notarial records about what is now New York State, the Holland Land Company (1789-1869) land grant papers for western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania (also available from the {{FHL|20454|item|disp=Family History Library}}), and records of some early New York settlers living in Amsterdam before moving to America.<br><br>
 +
 
 +
'''Family History Centers'''. Some of the collections described above are at least partially available on microfilms at the [[Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, and through thousands of its branch Family History Centers. For further information see [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]. To locate a center near you, see [http://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator Find a Family History Center].
 +
 
 +
=== Online Records  ===
 +
 
 +
{{NYDCleft}}{{DCfollowup}}
 +
 
 +
=== Guides  ===
 +
 
 +
*Estelle M. Guzik, ed., ''Genealogical Resources in New York'' (New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, 2003). {{WorldCat|52199100|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|1121308|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 D27gg}}. Information on more than 100 archives, including 52 government agencies and courts, 32 libraries, and 20 other archives in the New York metropolitan area.
 +
*Barbara Kronman, ''The Guide to New York City Public Records'', 4th ed. (New York: Public Interest Clearinghouse, 1992). {{WorldCat|17670722|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|640284|title-id|disp=FHL Book 974.71 A3k}}. Includes chapters on city government, courts, libraries, and personal information. Shows how to obtain vital records, name change records, and naturalizations.
 +
*Alice Eichholtz, ed., ''Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', Rev. ed. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1992). {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|479190|title-id|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992}}). Includes addresses of county courthouses, surrogate courts, and county records centers.
 +
*Elizabeth Petty Bentley, comp., ''County Courthouse Book'' (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1995). {{WorldCat|33396232|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|754831|title-id|disp=FHL Book 973 D24bena}}). Addresses of county courthouses and some town clerk's offices and surrogate's court offices along with brief descriptions of holdings and services.
 +
*Cornell University has published a series of guides to the records in each of New York's counties (except Nassau and Suffolk). The series is titled ''Guide to historical resources in _______ County, New York, repositories''. These guides inventory records, including family history and genealogy, at 1,700 historical societies and libraries, but they do not include public records at courthouses. They are listed in the Family History Library Catalog '''''Author Search&nbsp;''''' under {{FHL|332945|author_id|disp=Cornell University. New York Historical Resources Center}}. New York County has 7 volumes; Kings County has 3 volumes; and Chautauqua County has an added update.
 +
*Similar unpublished material for most other counties is at the New York State Archives at [http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml].
 +
 
 +
=== References  ===
 +
 
 +
{{reflist}}
 +
{{New York|New York}}{{U.S. Archives and Libraries}} {{-}} </div>
 +
[[Category:New_York_Family_History_Centers|New York Family History Centers]] [[Category:New_York|Archives and Libraries]] [[Category:United_States_Repositories]]

Revision as of 20:22, 4 December 2013

Contents

United States go to New York go to Archives and Libraries

These archives, libraries, and societies preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in New York State.

National

NYC Custom-house-l.jpg
National Archives Northeast Region (New York City)
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004
Telephone: Toll-free 866-840-1752 or 212-401-1620
Fax: 212-401-1638
Internet: www.archives.gov/northeast

This branch of the National Archives has records created by federal agencies and courts in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The archives has naturalization records, internal revenue service records, customs lists, and records of the U.S. District Court of Appeals. They also have microfilms of all available federal census records, many naturalization records, court records, passenger lists for New York City and other ports, Revolutionary War military records, some Civil War service indexes, and World War I draft registrations. The staff will make photocopies for a fee.[1]

New York Public Library
New York Public Library exterior.jpg

U.S. History, Local History & Genealogy Division
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 315S
New York, NY 10018-2788
Tel: 212-930-0829
E-mail: Ask a librarian
Internet: http://www.nypl.org/

This is one of the largest research libraries in the world including excellent genealogical resources. The library has city and telephone directories, vital records indexes, local histories, genealogies, federal and state censuses, passenger lists, genealogical collections (including DAR transcripts), and church records.[1] For maps, write to the Map Division at the same address. Guides and catalogs to this important library include:

Huguenot Society of America
Library
20 West 44th Street #510
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 212-755-0592
E-mail: hugsoc@verizon.net
Internet: http://www.huguenotsocietyofamerica.org/

Largest Huguenot collection outside of London, including records from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, and colonial America since the 1600s.[1] Topics include Huguenot history in France, Huguenot history in other countries, church history, French history, American history, biography, genealogy, manuscripts, societies, periodicals, and theology.[2]

State

New York State Cultural Center2.jpg
New York State Archives
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Ave
Albany, NY 12230
Telephone: 518-474-5161
E-mail: archref@mail.nysed.gov
Internet: http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml and Genealogical Records at the Archives

The New York State Archives has the original records of New York government jurisdictions. The collection includes manuscripts, statewide vital records indexes, documents relating to land grants, land survey maps, alien deposition records, military records, state court records, prison records, Erie Canal passenger lists for 1827–1829, wills, and estate records. The archives collection also has microfilms of some state censuses and the original census returns for 1915 and 1925.[3] [4]
The Family History Library has very few of the state archives records on microfilm. The state archives makes photocopies and performs limited searches of indexed records for a fee, but it does not circulate microfilms of land and vital records. The guide to the collection is

New York State Library
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Ave
Albany, NY 12230
Telephone: 518-474-5161
Fax: 518-474-5786
E-mail: E-mail Reference Requests
Internet: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/

The Humanities-History section has local histories, genealogies, atlases, church and cemetery records (including the Daughters of the American Revolution collection), city directories, microfilmed newspapers, microfilmed federal and state censuses, microfilmed passenger lists, and periodicals. The Manuscripts and Special Collections Section houses nongovernmental maps and manuscripts. The library staff will make photocopies for a fee.[3] [5] Catalogs and guides to the library's genealogical holdings include:
  • Melinda Yates, Gateway to America: Genealogical Research in the New York State Library, 2nd ed. (Albany, N.Y.: University of the state of New York, State Education Dept., New York State Library, 1982). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 974.7 D23y.
  • New York State Library Card Catalog File of Vital Records in the History and Genealogy Section ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Department, 1979?]). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Fiche 6332544. Microfiche of hand and typewritten cards.
  • New York State Library (Albany, New York), Surname Card Index ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Unit, 1979?]). FHL Fiche 6331486. Surname catalog of the American History and Genealogy section of the New York State Library.
  • The New York State Library also has over two dozen genealogy research topic guides online.

Holland Society of New York
Library, 5th floor
20 West 44th Street #509
New York, NY 10036
Telephohe: 212-758-1675
Fax: 212- 758-2232
E-mail: info@hollandsociety.org
Internet: http://www.hollandsociety.com/index1.html

Emphasis is on the early Dutch, but their collection actually also includes all ethnic groups of the Atlantic coast and colonial America.[1] For New Netherland studies, especially genealogy and family history, 3,000 regional histories (present day New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio), 3,000 family histories and genealogies, and 1,000 books on genealogical research, early American history, the Netherlands, Dutch language, art, and architecture, and religion, including Dutch Reformed Church parish records.[6]

Newyorkhistoricalsociety.jpg
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Tel: 212-873-3400
Fax: 212-875-1591
E-mail: Library Reference Form
Internet: https://www.nyhistory.org/web/default.php?section=library

The historical society has extensive collections of manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, city directories, maps, and photographs.[1] Major topics: New York City and State history, colonial history, American military history, religions, slave trading, biography and genealogy, and New York City photographs, and records of several major charities such as the Children's Aid Society, and the New York Foundling Hospital (which were both involved in the orphan train movement sending orphans away from big cities into rural foster care).[7] A helpful guide is

Regional

AlbanyInstituteofHistoryandArt.JPG
Albany Institute of History and Art
125 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12210
Telephone: 518-463-4478
Fax: 518-462-1522
Internet: http://www.albanyinstitute.org/

One of the best U.S. collections on the economic and social life and culture of Albany and the upper Hudson Valley region, including the best indexes to original records, documents, 1000 linear feet of manuscripts, 85,000 photographs, Bibles, and rare books of families from the 1600s through the colonial period to the present.[3] [8]

Bronx County Historical Society
Research Library
3309 Bainbridge Avenue
The Bronx, NY 10467
Telephone: 718-881-8900
Fax: 718-881-4827
E-mail: librarian@bronxhistoricalsociety.org
Internet: http://www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org/welcome.html

Very large collection of manuscripts, biographical files, family folders, obituaries, cemetery transcripts, city directories, maps, photos, marriage records, and books with a cross-indexed card file covering the history of the Bronx, New York City, and Westchester County.[1] [9]

Brooklyn-historical-society.jpg
Brooklyn Historical Society
Othmer Library
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Telephone: 718-222-4111
Fax: 718-222-3794
E-mail: Ask a Question
Internet: http://brooklynhistory.org/

General history, especially the natural, civil, literary, and ecclesiastical history of the United States, the State of New York, and villages of Long Island, personal and family papers, municipal records from the towns and villages that consolidated into Brooklyn, Dutch and English settlement on Long Island, and New England immigrants to Suffolk County. Great indexes to family names.[1] [10] See
  • Karin N. Mango, comp., The Long Island Historical Society Calendar of Manuscripts: 1763–1783 (New York: Publishing Center for Cultural Resources, 1980). FHL Book 974.721 A3L.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo , NY 14203
Telephone: 716-858-8900
E-mail: Email Us
Internet: http://www.buffalolib.org/

Good genealogy collection with good indexes, many biographies, family folders, county and local histories for the entire state.[3] 25,000 local histories, 5,500 genealogies, city directories, New York State Vital Records Index, local vital records, 110-drawer card index of the Local History File about people, places, and things in Western NY, church and cemetery records, genealogical and local history periodicals, newspapers, maps, military histories, ethnic research resources, indices to passenger lists, immigrant ships, and English parish records.[11]

Children's Aid Society.JPG
Children's Aid Society
105 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
Telephone: 212-949-4800
Internet: http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/

This was one of two major organizations contributing to the orphan train movement. Part of their archives are at the New-York Historical Society.

Cornell Olin Library 3.jpg
Cornell University Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-5301
Telephone: 607-255-3393
Fax: 607-255-6788
Email: Ask a Librarian
Internet: http://www.library.cornell.edu/

  • Cornell University has a large collection of Protestant church records for western New York, as well as histories, maps, newspapers, and New York censuses. Rare books and manuscripts are outstanding, and they publish the best research guides to New York counties.[3] They also have Africana, American Indian, and Latino collections.[12]

Historic Hudson Valley Library
639 Bedford Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Telephone: 914-366-6901
E-mail: librarian@hudsonvalley.org
Internet: http://www.hudsonvalley.org/education/library

By appointment only. This library has unique sources for early Hudson River migration, steamboats, industries, and culture.[3] 4,000 rare books, 3,000 manuscripts, as well as maps, pamphlets, and microfilm to explain the cultural and historical significance of the Hudson River Valley[13]

Old Montgomery Co Courthouse NY.jpg
Montgomery County Department of History and Archives
Old Court House, P. O. Box 1500
9 Park Street
Fonda, NY 12068-1500
Tel: 518-853-8186 or 518-853-8187
Fax: 518-853-8392
Internet: Welcome to Montgomery County History & Archives

This county archives has the largest collection of family genealogies, church record transcripts, local histories, and town records for the Mohawk Valley, and for upstate New York.[3] A guide is

New York City Department of Records
Municipal Archives
31 Chambers Street, Room 103
New York, NY 10007
Tel: 212-788-8580
Internet: http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/archives/geneology.shtml

From Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island births prior to 1910; deaths reported prior to 1949; and marriages reported prior to 1930. Also, the 1890 police census, state censuses, city directories, voter registrations, cemetery records, almshouse records, coroner records, court records, photos, and municipal government records.[14]

New York City Municipal Reference and Research Center
31 Chambers Street, Room 112
New York NY 10007
Telephone: 212-788-8590
Fax: 212-788-8589
E-mail: Contact Us

Come here for street name origins, and city council papers.[1] See also A Guide to Former Street Names in Manhattan.

New York Foundling Hospital entrance.jpg
New York Foundling Hospital
Record Information Department
Attn: Yvonne Wintz
590 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: 212-206-4171
E-mail: info@nyfoundling.org
Internet: https://www.nyfoundling.org/

This was one of two major organizations contributing to the orphan train movement. Part of their archives are at the New-York Historical Society.

New York State Historical Association
Research Library
5798 State Route 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Telephone: 607-547-1470
Fax: 607-547-1405
E-mail: Library@nysha.org
Internet: http://www.nysha.org/

Very large collection, but has more sources for upstate New York, including manuscripts, periodicals, family folders, books, maps, biographies, county histories, genealogies of New York State families, church and cemetery records, newspaper indexes, census records (1790-1930), and city directories.[3] [15]

Onondaga Historical Association
Library
321 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, NY. 13202
Telephone:315-428-1864
Fax: 315-471-2133
E-mail: Contact Us]
Internet: http://www.cnyhistory.org/index.html

Very large collection of 10,000 family folders for northeastern families, histories of Syracuse and Onondaga counties, photographs, diaries, correspondence, business records, maps, newspapers, and African American sources.[3] [16]

Queens Historical Society
Library
143-35 37th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354
Telephone: 718-939-0647
Fax: 718-539-988
E-mail: Contact the Queens Historical Society
Internet: http://queenshistoricalsociety.org/

Large facility with many indexes to biographies, local and American histories, maps, atlases, manuscripts, photographs, family papers, rare books, and genealogies[1] [17]

Reed Library Fredonia.jpg
Daniel A. Reed Library at SUNY Fredonia
State University of New York
Fredonia, New York 14063
Telephone: 716-673-3184
Internet: http://www.fredonia.edu/library/

Most of the Holland Land Company (1789-1869) land grant patents for western New York, and northwestern Pennsylvania are found here.[3] Collections also have American Indians including primarily the Seneca, with some for the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Tuscarora tribes, local histories for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, and the bordering counties in New York and Pennsylvania, manuscripts including church papers, and databases.[18]

Staten Island Historical Society
Library
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island 10306-1198
Telephone: 718-351-1611 (Society)
718-351-1617 (Museum)
Fax: 718-351-6057

Staten Island was a gateway to immigrants who moved farther west. The Society's collection emphasizes colonial records, but includes the WPA index cards of deeds, Vosburgh Church Indexes of tombstone inscriptions and dozen churches (not Catholic), genealogical correspondence, city directories back to 1883/1884, real estate and insurance maps, and photos organized by town, then street.[1] [19]

Steele Memorial Library
101 E Church Street
Elmira, NY 14901
Telephone: 607-733-9173
E-mail: Contact Us
Internet: http://www.steele.lib.ny.us/index.htm

Good indexes for biographies, genealogies, family folders, periodicals and manuscripts, obituary index, vital records index, NY county histories, newspapers, censuses, Chemung County Catholic Church records 1848-1910, and genealogical periodicals.[3] [20]

Outside New York

NEHGS Newbury Street.jpg
New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007
Telephone:  617-536-5740; Library 617-226-1231
Fax:  617-536-7307
E-mail: info@nehgs.org
Internet: AmericanAncestors.org

Has an excellent New York collection, especially county and local histories, newspapers, and some probate records.

Stadsarchief Amsterdam.jpg
Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Amsterdam Municipal Archives)
Amsteldijk 67
1074 HZ Amsterdam
Netherlands
Tel: (020) 664 6916
Fax: (020) 675 0596
Internet: http://stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl/

These archives contain early Dutch notarial records about what is now New York State, the Holland Land Company (1789-1869) land grant papers for western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania (also available from the Family History Library), and records of some early New York settlers living in Amsterdam before moving to America.

Family History Centers. Some of the collections described above are at least partially available on microfilms at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and through thousands of its branch Family History Centers. For further information see Introduction to LDS Family History Centers. To locate a center near you, see Find a Family History Center.

Online Records

links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Guides

  • Estelle M. Guzik, ed., Genealogical Resources in New York (New York: Jewish Genealogical Society, 2003). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 974.7 D27gg. Information on more than 100 archives, including 52 government agencies and courts, 32 libraries, and 20 other archives in the New York metropolitan area.
  • Barbara Kronman, The Guide to New York City Public Records, 4th ed. (New York: Public Interest Clearinghouse, 1992). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 974.71 A3k. Includes chapters on city government, courts, libraries, and personal information. Shows how to obtain vital records, name change records, and naturalizations.
  • Alice Eichholtz, ed., Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, 1992). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992). Includes addresses of county courthouses, surrogate courts, and county records centers.
  • Elizabeth Petty Bentley, comp., County Courthouse Book (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1995). At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 973 D24bena). Addresses of county courthouses and some town clerk's offices and surrogate's court offices along with brief descriptions of holdings and services.
  • Cornell University has published a series of guides to the records in each of New York's counties (except Nassau and Suffolk). The series is titled Guide to historical resources in _______ County, New York, repositories. These guides inventory records, including family history and genealogy, at 1,700 historical societies and libraries, but they do not include public records at courthouses. They are listed in the Family History Library Catalog Author Search  under Cornell University. New York Historical Resources Center. New York County has 7 volumes; Kings County has 3 volumes; and Chautauqua County has an added update.
  • Similar unpublished material for most other counties is at the New York State Archives at http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 81. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. Library in Huguenot Society of America (accessed 19 November 2013).
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.
  4. Research in New York State Archives (accessed 19 November 2013).
  5. Genealogy at New York State Library (accessed 19 November 2013).
  6. Publications and Library in The Holland Society of New York (accessed 19 November 2013).
  7. Patricia D. Klingenstein Library in New-York Historical Society Museum and Library (accessed 19 November 2013).
  8. A Brief History in Albany Institute of History and Art (19 November 2013).
  9. Research Library and Archives in Bronx County Historical Society (accessed 21 November 2013).
  10. The Othmer Library in Brooklyn Historical Society (accessed 21 November 2013).
  11. Genealogy Collection in Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (accessed 21 November 2013).
  12. History: A Guide to United States Historical Research at Cornell in Cornell University Library (accessed 23 November 2013).
  13. Library in Historic Hudson Valley (accessed 22 November 2013).
  14. Collections in NYC Department of Records (accessed 22 November 2013).
  15. Collections in NYSHA (accessed 22 November 2013).
  16. Public Research Center in Onondaga Historical Association (accessed 22 November 2013).
  17. Library and Collections in Queens Historical Society (accessed 22 November 2013).
  18. Archives and Special Collections in SUNY Fredonia (accessed 19 November 2013).
  19. Staten Island Historical Society in RootsWeb (accessed 22 November 2013).
  20. Genealogy Collection in Chemung County Library District (accessed 22 November 2013).