Genealogy Research Topics

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The list below describes in greater detail some of the State Library's collections and resources that may be of interest to genealogists. Many of these pages were originally developed as information sheets for onsite researchers, so they focus on materials available at the New York State Library.

Getting Started

Official Records

  • Vital Records explains how researchers can obtain copies of vital records such as birth and death certificates. Although the New York State Library does not hold these records, it does have an extensive collection of church and cemetery records that may be of interest to some researchers.
  • Census Records - New York State lists the New York State censuses that the State Library has available. For related pages, see:
  • Census Records - United States provides some basic information about the U.S. census and indicates which ones are available at the State Library.
  • New York State Wills provides information on locating wills; however, the New York State Library is not the official repository of the wills of New York State residents.

Military Records

  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) describes several record series compiled by New York State Chapters of DAR and held by the New York State Library.
  • Loyalist Records is a bibliography of sources that focus directly on Americans who supported the British Government during the American Revolution.
  • New York State Military Records resources are listed on two pages:
    • Pre-Civil War - covers the Colonial Militia and the Revolutionary War through the Mexican War; and
    • Civil War and Following - covers the Civil War through the Korean and Vietnamese Wars .

Regional Information

  • City Directories and Selected Telephone Directories on Microfilm and Microfiche lists the directories available at the State Library. Information in the directories cannot be accessed online.
  • Finding Places provides links to pages that can help you locate places in New York Stae or in other parts of the U.S.
  • Local Histories are accounts of life and events which relate to small geographic areas such as counties or villages.
  • Databases in Local History and Genealogy describes the databases that are available to onsite researchers at the State Library.
  • The New Netherland Project's primary objective is to complete the transcription, translation, and publication of all Dutch documents in New York repositories relating to the seventeenth-century colony of New Netherland. Their web site includes links to Dutch genealogy sites.
  • New York State Newspapers lists newspapers available on microfilm in the New York State Library and in other libraries around the state. For genealogists, local newspapers may be an important source for information such as wedding announcements and obituaries. (For information on the Library's newspaper holdings, including those in paper format, see Access to Newspapers).
Last Updated: March 18, 2014