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Welcome to New York, the Empire State

Erie Canal Lock 32, Pittsford, New York

Beginner's Corner

The Beginner’s Corner links to information that will help you get started researching your New York ancestors. Choose from one of the following:


NY Counties

New York City Research including · the Bronx · Kings
 · Manhattan · Queens · Staten Island
Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.
Chautauqua CountyCattaraugus CountyAllegany CountySteuben CountyChemung CountyTioga CountyBroome CountyChenango CountyMadison CountyOneida CountyLewis CountyJefferson CountyOswego CountyOnondaga CountyCortland CountyCayuga CountyWayne CountyMonroe CountyOrleans CountyNiagara CountyErie CountyWyoming CountyGenesee CountyLivingston CountyOntario CountySeneca CountyYates CountySchuyler CountyTompkins CountySt. Lawrence CountyFranklin CountyClinton CountyEssex CountyHamilton CountyHerkimer CountyWarren CountyFulton CountyMontgomery CountySaratoga CountySchenectady CountyWashington CountyRensselaer CountyAlbany CountySchoharie CountyOstego CountyDelaware CountyGreene CountyColumbia CountyUlster CountySullivan CountyDutchess CountyOrange CountyPutnam CountyWestchester CountyRockland CountyBronx CountyNew York CountyQueens CountyKings CountyRichmond CountyNassau CountySuffolk CountyNew-york-county-map.gif

Extinct or Renamed Counties:  New Netherland · Charlotte · Cornwall · Cumberland · Dukes  · Gloucester · Tryon · Yorkshire

Major Repositories

Brooklyn Historical Society · Children's Aid Society · Cornell University Library · Montgomery County Department of History and Archives · National Archives Northeast Region (New York City) · New England Historic Genealogical Society · New York City Department of Records and Information Services · New York Foundling Hospital · New York Genealogical and Biographical Society · New York Historical Society · New York Public Library · New York State Archives · New York State Council of Genealogical Organizations · New York State Library · Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Amsterdam City Archives)

Migration Routes

Ellis Island, Castle Garden, etc. · Atlantic Coast Ports · Lake Champlain · Lake Erie · Lake Ontario · Long Island Sound · Hudson River · Mowhawk River · St. Lawrence River · Chambly Canal · Champlain Canal · Delaware and Raritan Canal · Erie Canal · Albany Post Road · Catskill Turnpike · Forbidden Path · Great Genesee Road · Great Shamokin Path · Greenwood Road · Hudson River Path · King's Highway (or Boston Post Road) · Lake Champlain Trail · Lake Shore Path (or Lake Trail) · Lehigh and Lakawanna Paths · Minsi Path · Mohawk or Iroquois Trail · New York Turnpikes · Old Connecticut Path

Did You Know?

  • There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • The Digital Collections of the New York States Archives includes Native American censuses covering the reservations of the Tuscarora, Oneida, Onondaga, Buffalo Creek Seneca, Seneca of Cattaragus, Cayuga, Tonawanda and St. Regis Mohawk tribes.
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  • Nearly one-third of all Revolutionary War battles took place in New York, including the battles of Long Island, Oriskany, Bennington, and Saratoga. During the Civil War, New York had 465,000 Union soldiers serve - more than any other state. For more information and resources on military records for New York, go to the New York Military Records page.
  • The earliest European settlers were from the Netherlands.

Research Tools

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