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New York

Quick Facts

  • Statehood: 1788
  • Colony Founded: 1620s as New Netherland
  • US Federal Census beginning 1790
    • 1810: Cortland and part of Broome County – missing
    • 1860: Chenango and Columbia counties – damaged
    • 1880: Suffolk County and New York City Wards 21 and 22 – damaged
    • 1890: fragment – parts of Eastchester (Westchester County) and Brookhaven (Suffolk County) survived.
    • Industrial and Agricultural Schedules: 1820 (industrial only), 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880
    • Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880
    • Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
  • Colonial and State Census
    • Every 10 years from 1825-1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, 1925 (pre 1825 and 1855 to 1905 were destroyed in 1911 state library fire except for fragments of the 1790 state census.)
  • Statewide Birth, Death and Marriage Records Begin: 1880
  • Marriage – Earliest items that could be classified as vital records in New York were marriage licenses, issued from 1639 to 1783.  See online book Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued by the Secretary of the Province of New York, Previous to 1784.)

Map of New York Counties

Map of New York Counties Attribute: By SOURCE:, Public Domain,

Resource Links

New York State Department of Health

Albany County Records

Albany RDC Records

Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany, New York, 1683-1809

Early New Netherlands

Huguenot Hist Society

NY GenWeb


NY Hist Soc

NY Hist Timeline

NYS Archives

NYS Library

NYS Offline Resources

Northern NY Hist Newspapers

Northern NY Genealogy

Old Fulton Postcards

Olive Tree Genealogy NY

People of Colonial Albany

PCA Bio Index

Schenectady DHA

Schenectady Hist Society

Tri-Counties Gen Hist

Ulster County Families

Book: “History of New Paltz, New York and its old families (1678 to 1820) including the Huguenot pioneers and others who settled in New paltz previous to the revolution”. Online Full Text.


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