New York Town Records

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Town records contain valuable information such as names of elected officials, lists of freeholders, petitions, [[New York Vital Records|vital records]], tax records, a few military and militia records, school records, poor relief rolls, deeds, estrays (cattle that had gone astray), cattle earmarks, and other documents useful in locating persons. Most town records are not generally available at the Family History Library, although some towns, such as Huntington, Suffolk County, have published their records.  
 
Town records contain valuable information such as names of elected officials, lists of freeholders, petitions, [[New York Vital Records|vital records]], tax records, a few military and militia records, school records, poor relief rolls, deeds, estrays (cattle that had gone astray), cattle earmarks, and other documents useful in locating persons. Most town records are not generally available at the Family History Library, although some towns, such as Huntington, Suffolk County, have published their records.  
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A useful source is:
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*Remington, Gordon L. ''New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources.'' Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002. {{FHL|1047758|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 D27r}}
  
 
An inventory of the county supervisor's records has been published:  
 
An inventory of the county supervisor's records has been published:  
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Revision as of 00:08, 16 June 2011

Town records contain valuable information such as names of elected officials, lists of freeholders, petitions, vital records, tax records, a few military and militia records, school records, poor relief rolls, deeds, estrays (cattle that had gone astray), cattle earmarks, and other documents useful in locating persons. Most town records are not generally available at the Family History Library, although some towns, such as Huntington, Suffolk County, have published their records.

A useful source is:

  • Remington, Gordon L. New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002. FHL Book 974.7 D27r

An inventory of the county supervisor's records has been published:

  • Wright, Albert Hazen. Supervisors' Proceedings of Various Counties of New York. Ithaca, New York: A. H. Wright, 1943. (Family History Library book 974.7 A1 #244; fiche 6093918.) This is Studies in History number 3 of New York Historical Source Studies, and it mentions which county supervisors' proceedings have been preserved in major repositories. The records are mostly for the 1840s to the early 1900s. There are a few county supervisor's records for the 1820s or earlier.

Knowing the town a village belongs to is important since many records of the village will be in the town records.  Some villages are located in more than one town, as shown on a 2009 list.