In this guide, you will find a series of research articles packed with helpful ideas for tracing ancestors in New York City, its five boroughs, 57 counties, and hundreds of towns throughout the state. New York Online Genealogy Records will help you quickly discover what is available online. There are articles about using New York passenger lists, the New York Foundling Hospital, and orphan trains. There is information about German, Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Polish organizations in New York. You will also find strategies about tracing American Indian tribes that once inhabited the area, old migration routes and ports such as Ellis Island, the Erie Canal, and the King’s Highway, and learn tips about using New York genealogy collections at archives such as the New York Public Library, the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, and the Family History Library.
In New York state, birth, marriage, and death records were usually kept on the town level until the late nineteenth century. Most towns also have historians who are delighted to answer genealogists’ questions. The Category pages Towns in New York and Cities in New York are starting points for guides to resources in places like Poughkeepsie, New York. There are articles to help you determine which Civil War regiments were recruited in which counties, and background on extinct jurisdictions, such as New Netherland.
New York City Boroughs
Counties in New York State