New York State Genealogy

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry’s resources on this topic. To locate additional resources, please check our catalog or consult a reference librarian.

GUIDES AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Clint, Florence. New York Area Key: A Guide to the Genealogical Records of the State of New York. Elizabeth, CO: Keyline, 1979. Call No. Local History Ref F118 C55 (2nd floor open shelf).

Nestler, Harold. A Bibliography of New York State Communities. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1990. Call No. Z 1317 .N44 N47 1990.

Schweitzer, George. New York Genealogical Research. Knoxville: G.K. Schweitzer, 1988. Call No. Local History Ref F118 S33 1998 (2nd floor open shelf).

VITAL RECORDS AND NEWSPAPERS

Biebel, Frank A. Index to Marriage and Death Notices in the New-Yorker Staats-Zeitgung, 1836-1870. New York: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 2000. Call No. F 130 .G3 B54 2000.

Bowman, Fred Q.:

  • 8,000 More Vital Records of Eastern New York State, 1804-1850. Call No. F 118 .B68 1991.
  • 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York, 1813-1850. Call No. Local History Ref F118 .B69 1986 (2nd floor open shelf).
  • 10,000 Vital Records of Eastern New York, 1777-1834. Local History Ref F118 .B69 1987 (2nd floor open shelf).
  • 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York, 1809-1850. Call No. Local History Ref F 125 .B68 1985 (2nd floor open shelf).

Hodges, Graham and Allan Edward Brown. “Pretends To Be Free”: Runaway Slave Advertisements from Colonial and Revolutionary New York and New Jersey. New York: Garland, 1994. Call No. E 445 .N56 P74 1994.

Maher, James. Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald, 1835-1855. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987. Call No. Local History Ref F128.44 M33 (2nd floor open shelf).

Scott, Kenneth. New York Marriages Previous to 1784. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968. Call No. Local History Ref F118 .N485 1968 (2nd floor open shelf).

COURT RECORDS

Remington, Gordon L. New York State Probate Records: A Genealogist’s Guide. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002. Call No. folio F 118 .R44 2002.

Scott, Kenneth. Genealogical Data from Administration Papers. Middletown, NY: The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York, 1972. Call No. Local History Ref F118 .S3635 1972 (2nd floor open shelf). Abstracts from wills and administrations of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

Scott, Kenneth and James A. Owre. Genealogical Data From Inventories of New York Estates, 1666-1825. New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1970. Call No. folio F 118 .S35.

Scott, Kenneth. Records of the Chancery Court, Province and State of New York, Guardianships, 1691-1815. Middletown, NY: Holland Society of New York, 1971. Call No. E 69 .615.

GENEALOGIES AND BIOGRAPHIES

Galpin, William F. Central New York. Salem, MA: Higginson Book Co., 2007. Call No. F 127 .A15 G2 1941a v.4. Volume 4 contains biographical sketches and genealogical information for residents of Cayuga, Chenango, Corltand, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Tompkins counties in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Hoff, Henry B. Genealogies of Long Island Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987. Call No. Local History Ref F127 .L8 G45 1987 (2nd floor open shelf).

Penrose, Maryly B. Compendium of Early Mohawk Valley Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990. Call No. Local History Ref F127 .M55 P45 1990 (2nd floor open shelf).

Riker, David M. Genealogical and Biographical Directory to Persons in New Netherland from 1613 to 1674. Salem, MA: Higginson, 1999. Call No. folio F 130 .D9 R55 1999. v.1-v.4.

Stillwell, John E. Historical and Genealogical Miscellany: Data Relating to the Settlement and Settlers of New York and New Jersey. New York, 1903-32. Call No. Local History Ref F 118 .S85 1903.

Talcott, S. V. Genealogical Notes of New York and New England Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1973. Call No. Local History Ref F118 .T14 1973 (2nd floor open shelf).

MANUSCRIPT SOURCES

Gehring, Charles T. and Arnold Van Laer. New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1980. Call No. Local History Ref F 122 .1 .L35 (2nd floor open shelf).

Christoph, Peter and Florence Christoph. New York Historical Manuscripts: English. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982. Call No. Local History Ref F 128 .4 .A1 (2nd floor open shelf). The original Dutch and British records of the colony, 1630- 1682. This nine-volume work includes land records, council minutes, and court records. Each volume is indexed.

MILITARY RECORDS

New York Comptroller’s Office. New York in The Revolution as Colony and State. Albany: O.A. Quayle, 1901. Call No. Local History Ref E 263 .N6 N443 1901.

New York Historical Society. Muster and Pay Rolls of the War of the Revolution, 1775-1783. New York: New York Historical Society, 1916. Call No. Local History Ref F 116 .N63 1916.

New York Historical Society. Muster Rolls of New York Provincial Troops, 1755-1764. New York: New York Historical Society, 1891. Call No. F851 .6410.

Phisterer, Frederick. New York in the War of Rebellion, 1861-1865. Albany: J.B. Lyon, 1912. Call No. F 851 .691. Name and battle index in volume 6.

ATLAS AND GAZETTEER

French, J.H. Historical and Statistical Gazetteer of New York State. Interlaken, NY: Heart of the Lakes, 1986. (Reprint of 1860 edition). Call No. Local History Ref F 117 F75 1986 (2nd floor open shelf).

Long, John H. and Kathryn Ford Thorne. Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: New York. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993. Call No. Local History Ref G1201 F7 A8 1993.

LAND RECORDS

Bowman, Fred Q. Landholders of Northeastern New York, 1739-1802. Baltimore; Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983. Call NO. HD 211 .N7 1983.

Livsey, Karen E. Western New York Land Transactions, 1804-1824 and 1825-1835. Baltimore; Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990. Call No. Local History Ref F 118 .L58 1991 v.1 and v.2.

FEDERAL CENSUSES

The records of the United States census for New York are available on-line at the public access computers; ask at 2nd floor reference desk. Printed indexes to the 1790- 1860 censuses and the 1890 Veteran’s Census can be found in the Newberry catalog.

Eichholz, Alice and James M. Rose. Free Black Heads of Households in the New York State Federal Census, 1790-1830. Detroit: Gale, 1981. Call No. E 185 .93 .N56 E37.

STATE AND COLONIAL CENSUSES

Dollarhide, William. New York State Censuses and Substitutes. Bountiful, UT: Heritage Creations, 2005. Call no. folio Z 1317 .D655 2005

O’Callaghan, Edmund B. “Census of Slaves, 1755”, chapter XI in The Documentary History of the State of New York. Albany: Weed, Parsons, and Co., 1850.

O’Callaghan, Edmund B. Lists of Inhabitants of Colonial New York. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987. Call No. Local History Ref F118 .D62 1979 (2nd floor open shelf).

PERIODICAL

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1870–. Call No. Local History Ref F116 .N28 (2nd floor open shelf).

ONLINE RESOURCES

The New York State Library website, includes a current, thorough listing of New York genealogy resources available on line and information on the genealogical records and databases available at the Library.

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society website, provides many useful online resources, including research guides for topics in New York genealogy and links to other New York genealogy websites.