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Contact Information

E-mail:  Use the form at the Contact link to email reference requests to the library. Read their instructions about making requests.[1]


New York State Library
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230

Telephone:  ((518) 474-5355 - General information. Local History/Genealogy Desk - (518) 474-5161  [1]

Hours and holidays:  The library's reference desk can be reached from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, except holidays[2]

Directions, maps, and public transportation:[3]  {Optional}

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description [1]

The New York State Library has a Local History and Genealogy Section which includes:

  • family genealogies
  • local histories
  • DAR records
  • church records
  • census records
  • early newspapers on film including the New York State Newspaper Project GIS database
  • city directories and telephone books on microfilm and microfiche. For an alphabetical list of towns and years covered Click here
  • other materials such as cemetery records, periodicals, published records of towns and municipalities.
  • card file indexes include:
  • city directory index
  • surname index: 60 drawers that index  genealogies and local histories in the State Library taken from books, articles, pamphlets, manuscripts, Bible records (including the 264 vol. compiled by the DAR), family genealogies cataloged through 1980
  • vital records index: eight drawers that index New York State church, cemetery and local government records owned by the State Library. The vital records card index is arranged alphabetically by county, and then by community within county. It includes: wills, censuses, tax lists, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) records, and obituaries.  
  • city directory index
  • local history index


  • Volunteers from the Capital District Genealogical Society are also available to provide assistance. The volunteers can explain the resources of the Library (including the online catalog) and help users get started doing research. [1]


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Alternate Repositories

  • New York State Archives
  • New Netherland Research Center: The New Netherland Research Center (NNRC) operates under the leadership of the New York State Library providing scholarship and knowledge about the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland in North America. It fosters partnerships with institutions and organizations supporting research and collections pertaining to the Dutch influence on American history.

    The NNRC is a partnership between the Office of Cultural Education, which includes the New York State Library, the State Archives, the State Museum and the Office of Educational Television/Public Broadcasting, and the New Netherland Institute (NNI), an independent non-profit dedicated to fund raising for supporting the activities and programs of the New Netherland Project.

    New Netherland Project
    New York State Library
    Cultural Education Center, 10th floor
    Albany, NY 12230-0001

If you cannot visit or find a source at the New York State Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
Overlapping Collections

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Internet site. New York State Library. (Cited 7 May 2011)
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