Essex County, New York Courthouse

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County Clerk

Essex County Clerk
7559 Court Street
P.O. Box 247
Elizabethtown, NY 12932-0247
Phone: 518-873-3600
Fax: 518-873-3548
Has land records starting in 1799. Births, marriages, and deaths in the county are kept by each Town Clerk.

Surrogate Clerk

Essex County Surrogate Court
7559 Court Street
P.O. Box 217
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Phone: 518-873-3384
Has wills, estates, and property files from 1803 of deceased persons. Surrogate court handles adoptions and guardianships. All adoption records are sealed. Guardianships of infants are open to the public, however guardianships called 17A of the mentally retarded are not open to the public. Their hours are M-F from 9am to 5pm.