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Most of the New York family history record collections have been indexed, which means you can search by name, location, or other keywords.

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What New York materials are available?

As of April 2015, the following digitized and indexed New York records are available free to New Yorkers via

From the New York State Archives (Albany):

  • New York, Pension Claims by Disabled Revolutionary War Veterans, 1779-1789
  • New York Sales of Loyalist Lands, 1762-1830
  • New York, War of 1812 Payroll Abstracts for New York State Militia, 1812-1815
  • New York, Town [and City] Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, 1861-1865
  • New York, Registers of Officers and Enlisted Men Mustered into Federal Service, 1861-1865
  • New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900
  • New York, Grand Army of the Republic Records, 1866-1931
  • New York, Veterans' Home [at Oxford] Resident Case Files, 1897-1963
  • New York, [Abstracts of] Spanish-American War Military and Naval Service Records, 1898-1902
  • New York, [Abstracts of] Mexican Punitive Campaign National Guard Muster Rolls, 1916-1917
  • New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919
  • New York, Abstracts of National Guard Service in World War I, 1917-1919
  • New York, World War I Veterans' Service Data, 1913-1919
  • New York, New York National Guard Service Cards, 1917-1954
  • New York, New York Guard Service Cards, 1906-1918, 1940-1948
  • New York, Alien Depositions of Intent to Become U.S. Citizens, 1825-1871
  • New York, Census of Inmates in [City] Almshouses and [County] Poorhouses, 1830-1920
  • New York, Prisoners Received at Newgate State Prison, 1797-1810
  • New York, Discharges of Convicts, 1882-1915 [only discharges by commutation of sentences]
  • New York County, New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1658-1880
  • New York, Estate Inventories and Accounts, 1666-1822
  • New York, Executive Orders for Commutations, Pardons, Restorations, and Respites, 1845-1931
  • New York, Governor's Registers of Commitments to Prisons, 1842-1908
  • New York, Clinton Prison Admission Ledgers, 1851-1866, 1926-1939
  • New York, Sing Sing Prison Admission Registers, 1865-1939
  • New York, [Chancery Court and Supreme Court] Naturalization Papers, 1799-1847
  • New York, State Census, 1915
  • New York, State Census, 1925
  • New York, Tax Assessment Rolls of Real and Personal Estates, 1799-1804

From the New York State Library (Albany):

  • U.S. Census Mortality Schedules, New York, 1850-1880
  • U.S. Census Non-Population Schedules, New York, 1850-1880 [agriculture and industry schedules]
  • U.S. Federal Census - 1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes

From the New York Military Museum (Saratoga Springs):

  • New York, [Civil War soldier] Cartes-de-visite, 1860-1865
  • New York, Military Service Cards, 1816-1979 [NYS Militia and National Guard officers only]
  • New York, Veteran Burial Cards, 1861-1898
  • New York, U.S. National Guard Enlistment Cards, 1923-1947
  • New York, National Guard Monthly Roster, 1940-1945
  • New York, Record of Award Medal, 1920-1991
  • New York, WWII Enlisted Men Cards, 1940-1945

From other agencies:

  • New York, State Census, 1855, 1892, 1905 [Data from county clerks' offices; many counties lacking.]
  • Menands, New York, Albany Rural Cemetery Burial Cards, 1791-2011 [Albany Rural Cemetery]
  • Salina, New York, Records, 1805-1969 [records of Town of Salina, Onondaga County]
Last Updated: November 23, 2022