Staten Island Borough, New York Genealogy

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Guide to Staten Island Borough (previously Richmond County), New York ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

This page describes sources of genealogical data about Staten Island Borough, New York Genealogy families, including links to smaller localities at the bottom of this page. New York, United States Genealogy-related pages show useful statewide sources. United States Genealogy pages explain the terminology and contents of genealogical records.

Staten Island Borough, New York
Map of New York highlighting Staten Island Borough
Location in the state of New York, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting New York
Location of New York in the U.S.
Founded November 1, 1683
County Seat
New York, Richmond County Courthouse.png
Address 100 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Richmond County Clerk
NY Staten Island.png

Staten Island Borough, New York Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

The Borough of Staten Island is one of five boroughs of  The City of Greater New York. It became a borough of New York City in 1898. Before that time, it was an independent county in the State of New York (Richmond County). Today, it is still an independent county but is simultaneously a borough of the City.

When it first became part of New York City, it was called the Borough of Richmond. In 1975, it was officially renamed the Borough of Staten Island. Both terms are found in records.

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the States General of the Netherlands (Staten Island) Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond (Richmond County). The County is located in the southwest area of the state. [1]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1880 1880 1683 1683 1787 1663
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1880. General compliance for births by 1915 and deaths by 1890.

Name Changes[edit | edit source]

Staten Island has rarely had any boundary changes, but there have been political changes which altered its name and the location of records.

For animated maps illustrating New York County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation New York County Boundary Maps" (1683-1915) may be viewed for free at the website.

1664 Yorkshire became the first large government unit (not actually a county) organized by New York after the English took control from the Netherlands. It was divided into three ridings including West Riding (Staten Island, Brooklyn, and modern Elmhurst in Queens).[3]
1683 New York extinguished Yorkshire, creating Richmond County from part of Yorkshire.
1687 Administrative divisions were started which eventually evolved into townships. [4]
1898 Staten Island joined New York City as the Borough of Richmond. [5] At this time, vital statistics began to be collected at the city level instead of at the county level.
1975 The Borough of Richmond was officially renamed the Borough of Staten Island. It is still an independent county. 

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Staten Island Borough New York Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

  • Chiefly Bible records: copied from those of the Staten Island Hist. Society at Port Richmond, Staten Island, N.Y. Photocopies of transcripts of family bible records collected in the 1930's. The digital images of this collection have also been posted at the Richmond County Genweb site. This is also available at Ancestry ($) and on FHL film 0509187

Biography[edit | edit source]

  • Colonial Immigration Records at NYG&B ($) - has vital information and biographical sketches
  • Prominent Men of Staten Island, A.V. Hubbell, New York, 1893. Available free at Internet Archive.
  • Staten Island and Its People, Leng, Charles W. and William T. Davis, Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1930-1933. Available online at Hathitrust.

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

  • Made on Staten Island : Agriculture, Industry, and Suburban Living in the City, Charles L. Sachs and Nancy H. Waters, Staten Island Historical Society, Richmondtown, Staten Island, New York, 1988. Find it at WorldCat.
  • Staten Island, New York City: Its Industrial Resources and Possibilities. Commerce and Industry Association of New York. Industrial Bureau. New York, N.Y. : [s.n.], 1922. Find it at WorldCat.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories* Family History Library*** WorldCat* Tombstone Transcription Project*
Cemetery Site*   NYGenWeb Cemeteries*
New York Gravestones*   Billion Graves*
NYGenWeb Cemeteries*   Names in Stone*
Billion Graves*   FamilySearch Places
Names in Stone*    
*See the New York Cemeteries page for details about each site.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 3,835
1800 4,564 19.0%
1810 5,347 17.2%
1820 6,135 14.7%
1830 7,082 15.4%
1840 10,965 54.8%
1850 15,061 37.4%
1860 25,492 69.3%
1870 33,029 29.6%
1880 38,991 18.1%
1890 51,713 32.6%
1900 67,021 29.6%
1910 85,969 28.3%
1920 116,531 35.6%
1930 158,346 35.9%
1940 174,441 10.2%
1950 191,555 9.8%
1960 221,991 15.9%
1970 295,443 33.1%
1980 352,029 19.2%
1990 378,977 7.7%
2000 443,728 17.1%
2010 468,730 5.6%
Source: "".

Two early documents are:

  • 1655 - Van Laer, A.J.F. "A List of Settlers on Staten Island Who Survived the Massacre of 1655," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 34, No. 3 (Jul. 1903):210-211. Digital versions at Google Books; and at New York Family History ($); .
Federal[edit | edit source]

For information and tips on using and accessing federal census records, see New York Census.

New York State[edit | edit source]

New York often took censuses in the years between the federal censuses. The state census records may have columns that were different or more unusual than those found on federal censuses. The responses and years of coverage may give additional information on the family.

In Richmond County, the state census was taken beginning in 1855. The various ways to access it are listed below.

Source 1825 1835 1845 1855 1865 1875 1892 1905 1915 1925 - - - Yes - Yes - - Yes Yes
Family History Library Films - - - Yes Yes Yes - - Yes Yes Index
FamilySearch Images - - - Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes Yes
New York State Library Films - - - Yes Yes Yes - - Yes Yes

New York State 1865 and 1875 Census Marriage, Mortality; and 1865 Soldier Mortality records:

  • Images available online at New York State Census, 1865 and New York State Census, 1875. Click on the link to go to the page, then click on the ‘Browse through images’ link and select your county, then select an ancestor's town and browse to the end of the population schedule until you find the Marriage, Mortality, and 1865 soldier mortality schedules.
  • Includes marriages and deaths for the 12 months prior to the census, ending 1 June of the census year.
  • Marriage entry content: Husband's name, wife's name, ages and previous marital status, month and day and place of marriage, and church or civil ceremony.
  • Death entry content: Name, age, sex, color, marital status, month and day of death, native state or country, occupation and cause of death.
  • 1865 deaths of officers and enlisted men entry content: Name, age, marital status, citizenship status, enlistment date, original regiment, original rank, regiment at death, rank at death, promotions, death date and place, manner of death, surviving associates, and burial place.
  • Also on microfilm. See the Family History Library line in the above State Census Chart.
City[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records are good substitutes for birth, marriage, and death information and are most often found on a local city/town or county level.  Published and manuscript church records can be found at public, university, and private libraries.

For a brief general history of denominations and a guide to finding various New York denomination's records, see New York Church Records Wiki page.

Online Records

List of Churches and Church Parishes

  • to 1899 - Records of Burials in the Dutch Church, New York. New York, USA: Reformed Dutch Church, 1899. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1688-1804 - Registers of the Births, Marriages, and Deaths of the "Eglise Françoise à la Nouvelle York" : from 1688 to 1804. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1968. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1696-1790 Port Richmond Reformed Dutch Church Baptisms 1696-1790, courtesy: NYGenWeb; Ancestral Things
  • 1696-1828 - Wright, Tobias Alexander, ed. Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond. New York, USA: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1909. FHL Book 974.7 B4; Digital versions also at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive; Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond baptisms 1696-1772; United Brethren Congregation births/baptisms 1749-1853, marriages 1764-1863, deaths/burials 1758-1828; St. Andrews Church at Richmond births/baptisms 1752-1795, marriages 1754-1808.[7]
  • 1696-1790 - "Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Port Richmond, Staten Island, N.Y. Baptisms," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1696-1715: Vol. 36, No. 3 (Jul. 1905):177-184; 1715-1721: Vol. 36, No. 4 (Oct. 1905):267-276; 1720-1726: Vol. 37, No. 1 (Jan. 1906):27-34; 1726-1731: Vol. 37, No. 2 (Apr. 1906):122-130; 1731-1738: Vol. 37, No. 3 (Jul. 1906):189-196; 1738-1790: Vol. 37, No. 4 (Oct. 1906):284-302. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 36-37. Internet Archive has digitized Vol. 36 and Vol. 37 - free.
  • 1696- - "Register Boek Van De K--K[?] Namen Der Kinderen Dewelck Gedoopt Bennen Op Staten Eylandt Van D ----- Beginne Van Het Jaer Anno 1696," in John E. Stillwell, Historical and Genealogical Miscellany: Data Relating to the Settlement and Settlers of New York and New Jersey. Vol. 1 (New York, 1903). Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • 1749-1863 - "Records of the United Brethren Congregation, Commonly Called Moravian Church, Staten Island, N.Y.," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Baptisms 1749-1800: Vol. 38, No. 1 (Jan. 1907):39-54; Baptisms 1798-1813: Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr. 1907):113-128; Baptisms 1813-1827: Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul. 1907):177-192; Baptisms 1821-1837: Vol. 38, No. 4 (Oct. 1907):257-272; Baptisms 1834-1851: Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan. 1908):17-32; Baptisms 1851-1862, Marriages 1764-1782: Vol. 39, No. 2 (Apr. 1908):93-108; Marriages 1782-1815: Vol. 39, No. 3 (Jul. 1908):167-178; Marriages 1815-1835: Vol. 39, No. 4 (Oct. 1908):253-268; Marriages 1835-1863: Vol. 40, No. 1 (Jan. 1909):33-45. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 38-40. Internet Archive has digitized Vol. 38, Vol. 39, and Vol. 40 - free.[8]
  • 1764-1863 Staten Island - Moravian Church, Marriages 1764-1863, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
  • 1790-1811 Staten Island Dutch Reformed Church Marriages 1790-1811, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
  • 1790-1871 - Vosburgh, Royden Woodward. "Marriage Records of the Reformed Dutch Church on Staten Island," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Marriages 1790-1803: Vol. 124, No. 1 (Jan. 1993):9-12; Marriages 1803-1811: Vol. 124, No. 2 (Apr. 1993):90-91; Marriages 1811-1820: Vol. 124, No. 3 (Jul. 1993):157-160; Marriages 1820-1825: Vol. 124, No. 4 (Oct. 1993):230-232. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 124.
  • 1823-1871 - Vosburgh, Royden Woodward. Records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y. 2 vols. 1922. Digital version at NYGenWeb (partial). Baptisms and births 1823-1854; marriages 1824-1854; members 1823-1854; church officers 1848-1858; members 1854-1871; marriages 1852-1871.
  • 1813-1901 St. Andrew's church records, Staten Island, FHL film 509192 items 2-3 Contains birth and death records, 1813-1900
  • Records of Zion Lutheran Church, Staten Island, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Additional Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Staten Island Borough, New York Genealogy Church Records  in online catalogs like:

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Ancestors may have also been involved in municipal, state, or federal court cases. See also New York Court Records and United States Court Records.

  • 1816, 1819, 1821 New York, New York, U.S., Ward Jury Census, 1816, 1819, 1821 at Ancestry - index ($)
  • The earliest volume of Staten island records, 1678-1813. Historical Records Survey of the Work Projects Administration (New York, N.Y.) 1942. Available free at Hathitrust.
  • Liber A (1680-1709) is transcribed in: Historical and genealogical miscellany: Data relating to the early settlement and settlers of New York and New Jersey, Vol. I, John E. Stillwell, M.D. New York, 1903. Available free at the Internet Archive.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration Records[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African-American[edit | edit source]
  • See Vital Records section for Slave Birth Records in the Town of Castleton, 1799 -1824.
  • Afro-American vital records and 20th century abstracts of Richmond County Staten Island 1915 and 1925 New York State census records, Richard Dickenson and Julie Moody Ojelade, Staten Island, New York: Sandy Ground Historical Society, c1985. 974.726 F2
  • Dickenson, Richard B. Census Occupations of Afro-American Families on Staten Island, 1840-1875. - St. George, Staten Island, N.Y.: Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, 1981. - iv, 117 p. (We too, have a heritage; 2nd Ser. v. 1, no. 4) HD8081.A65 D53 1981

See also: Sandy Ground Historical Society[25] 1538 Woodrow Road Staten Island, New York 10309 Phone: 718-317-5796. Contains "largest documentary collection of African-American culture and history of Staten Island."

Jewish[edit | edit source]

The Museum of Family History has a list of former synagogues and landsmanshaft (mutual aid) societies that operated in Richmond County..[9]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Manhattan BoroughHudson CountyUnion CountyBrooklyn BoroughMiddlesex CountyNY RICHMOND.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Staten Island names ; ye olde names and nicknames; William Thompson, Davis and Charles William Leng, Natural Science Association, The Standard Press: New Brighton, N.Y., 1896. Free at the Internet Archive.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Jewish Records[edit | edit source]

The Museum of Family History has compiled a list of synagogues that operated in Richmond (Staten Island). Synagogue names and addresses are included.[10]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See New York Land and Property for more details, especially about the papers generated in New York State by large speculative land companies.

Additional land records can sometimes be found using these catalogs:

Additional resources

Additional resources for Staten Island Borough, New York Genealogy land records may be found in the Staten Island Borough, New York Genealogy – Land Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche may be available for viewing at various Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the WorldCat Online Catalog.

Maps[edit | edit source]


Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Staten Island Borough, New York Genealogy for settlers included:[11]

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Richmond County men served in the 2nd New York Regiment.[12] However, few Staten Islanders fought on the side of the Patriots.

Staten Island was occupied by the British army during most of the war. In 1775 the 3,000 residents of Staten Island were among the most loyal of British subjects in North America. They sold provisions to the Royal Navy; and instructed their delegates to the New York Provincial Congress to vote against American independence. But by the end of the war and the occupation, Staten Islanders were ready to celebrate the withdrawal of British forces. Those who still had British sympathies, or feared retribution for their Tory activities, fled to Canada or the British Isles. [13]

In 1776, the Billop house (now called Conference House) on Staten Island was the site of a peace conference which attempted to end the Revolutionary War. Edward Rutledge, John Adams, General Howe and Benjamin Franklin were among those in attendance. The attempt failed because the Patriots continued to insist on Independence from the English Crown. [14]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]

Staten Island was instrumental in protecting New York Harbor from British invasion during the war of 1812. Several forts will built on the island; Fort Wadsworth is still extant. Find more history here.

Staten Islanders can be found in New York Adjutant General's Office Index of Awards on Claims of the Soldiers of the War of 1812. Available at the New York State Library. Online at Ancestry ($). Transcribed index (no images) to Staten Island names found in these records available at RootsWeb.

1840 Military Pensioners[edit | edit source]

A census of pensioners for revolutionary or military services, with their names, ages, and places of residence, as returned by the marshals of the several judicial districts, under the act for taking the sixth census, Book III of the Sixth Census, United states Census Office, Washington, DC. 1841. Available (free) at Internet Archive.

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Town registers. The New York town clerks kept a bound register of all soldiers from their town serving in the Civil War 1861-1865. Registers are arranged by county, and town. Some town registers are missing. The registers include an index at the start of each town.

Content. Many register entries include full name, residence, date and place of birth, parents names, marital status, date of enlistment and muster and rank, discharges, death, or promotion.

Access. The original registers are at the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. Microfilm copies are found at the Family History Library (FHL Film 1993401-37). They are also indexed and available at ($).

Available towns. Registers are only available for: Southfield.

More Resources

  • Draft List. There were draft riots in 1863 in New York City. It was possible for men to procure substitutes to serve in their place by making a $300 payment. The lists of men who were drafted, therefore do not mean they actually served. A transcription of the 1863 Draft List is available at RootsWeb.
  • Regiments. Those who served from Richmond County were generally in the following regiments, or in the New York State Militia. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Here are some of the regiments that Staten Island men joined: [15]
- 4th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery
- 9th Regiment, New York Infantry (New)
- 20th Infantry, US Colored Troops
- 26th Infantry, US Colored Troops
- 78th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies A, B and C.
- 132nd Regiment, New York Infantry
- 145th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies G and K.
- 165th Regiment, New York Infantry (Second battalion Duryee Zouaves)
- 191st Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies A and B.

See the New York Military Museum and Veterans Research Center.

World War I[edit | edit source]

coming soon

World War II[edit | edit source]

coming soon

Vietnam War[edit | edit source]
Other Military Resources[edit | edit source]
  • Census records. Federal census records may help in identifying soldiers or their survivors. The Federal 1890 Census Veterans and Widows Census Schedules survives. There is a transcription at Richmond County GenWeb. These records may also be found in Schedules enumerating Union veterans and widows of Union veterans of the Civil War, FHL film number 0338206, which has been digitized and is available online at Family Search.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Italian Genealogical Group  offers free indexes to the following:

  • Petitions: 1898-1903, 1907-1959
  • Declarations: 1906-1953, 1957
  • Military: 1918, 1919, 1921-1924
  • Intentions: 1883 - 1898
Indexes[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has also acquired this comprehensive index for the years 1792 through 1906 on microfilm: FHL Film 1419807 (1st of 294 films). The courts this index covers are:

  • City Court of Brooklyn, 1836-1894
  • Kings County Court, 1806-1906
  • New York City Marine Court, 1806-1849
  • New York County Common Pleas Court, 1792-1895
  • New York County Superior Court, 1828-1895
  • New York City and County Supreme Court, 1868-1906
  • Queens County Court, 1799-1906
  • Queens County Surrogate Court, 1888-1898
  • Richmond County Court, 1869-1906
  • U.S. Circuit Court Southern District, 1846-1876
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District, (Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties), 1865-1906
  • U.S. District Court Southern Court Southern District, (New York, Bronx and also Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Richmond, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchester counties), 1824-1906[16]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • The Richmond County Mirror (1837 - 1839) is available online at Hathitrust.
  • The New York Times archives are available online - pre-1923 articles are free, but there is a monthly article limit for non-subscribers. There is good coverage of pre- and post-consolidation Staten Island including some births, deaths, and marriages. At libraries, you can access ProQuest Historical Newspapers which includes The New York Times (1851-2003).
  • The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1902) has some Staten Island coverage and is available online.
  • Chronicling America at the Library of Congress has The New York Daily Tribune, The Sun and New York Press, The Evening World, New York Herald and more online.
  • Staten Island newspaper items, 1726-1890, on FHL Film 509189.
  • Staten Island Historical Newspapers at Google (some items listed require Google sign-in)

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

See Newspapers section.

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records including original estates and wills for New York are held in the office of the county Surrogate Court beginning in 1787, or when the county was formed. Prior to 1787, most are housed at the New York State Archives. See New York Probate Records for more information about using probate records.
Content:  Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types:  Wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distribution.

Probate Petitions

In 1830, state law required the Surrogate Court clerk to issue a probate petition for a deceased individual with property. This petition, unique to New York, usually lists the deceased's death date. It also lists the heirs, their relationship to the deceased, and their residence. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 479. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004. Henry B. Hoff, "Navigating New York Probate," American Ancestors 12 (Fall 2011): 54.

These petitions are often found in the estate files and can be obtained from the county Surrogate Court.

Online Abstracts and Indexes[edit | edit source]
Probate Records on Microfilm[edit | edit source]

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Staten Island Borough, New York Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:

  • 1787–1967 Probate Records: Index to Wills, 1787–1959; Wills, 1787–1967; Guardianship, 1882–1940; Decrees and orders, 1882–1967. Surrogate Court FHL Film 509198 (121 Films)
  • 1664–1866 Probate Records: Index to Wills, 1787–1863, Guardianship, 1787–1866. Surrogate Court FHL Film 509190
  • 1670-1800:Staten Island wills and letters of administration, Richmond County, New York, 1670-1800: as found in the Surrogates Court, New York County, New York and abstracted by the New York Historical Society, 1892-1908 and Staten Island references found in the New Jersey colonial documents, Charlotte Megill Hix, Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, 1993. Find it at WorldCat.

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Richmond County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1985). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.726 A3g. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

College of Staten Island (CUNY)[17]
Archives and Special Collections
Library, 1L-216
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, New York 10314
Phone 718-982-4128
Fax: 718-982-4127

Richmondtown Library
New York Public Library
200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.)
Staten Island, New York 10306
Other public libraries in Staten Island

Staten Island Museum[17]
aka Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences
History Library and Archives
75 Stuyvesant Place
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: 718-727-1135 ext. 122, archivist
History Archives & Library Collection

Wagner College[17]
The Horrmann Library
1 Campus Road
Staten Island, New York 10301
Phone: 718-390-3401

  • Archives of the Metropolitan New York Synod
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, dating from 1786
  • College archives
Borough Registrar[edit | edit source]

New York City Registrar
Borough of Staten Island[17]
Staten Island Business Center
350 St. Marks Place
Staten Island, New York 10457

  • Official record of real estate and personal property transfers, recording deeds and mortgages
City Clerk's Office[edit | edit source]

City Clerk's Office
Borough Administrator
Robin Aryakia[17]
Staten Island Office
Borough Hall Building
10 Richmond Terrace, Third Floor, Room 311
Staten Island, New York 10301
Phone: 718-816-2290

  • Marriages from 1866 to 1907
  • After 1907 if bride's residence or licenses of nonresidents was obtained in Staten Island
County Historian[edit | edit source]

Staten Island Historian[18]
10 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, New York 10301-1903

Genealogical Resources: The County Historian may provide access to obituaries, vital records, church records, maps, and family files or journals. Some historians provide search services for their office records and others may refer you to local genealogists who research in the area.

Courthouses[edit | edit source]

The Richmond (Staten Island) County Clerk's office land records; the Surrogate Court has probate records; and the County Health Department has marriage and death records. For further information about where the records for Richmond County are held, see the Richmond (Staten Island) County Courthouses page.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Societies[edit | edit source]

Sandy Ground Historical Society[17]
1538 Woodrow Road
Staten Island, New York 10309
Phone: 929-314-4395

  • contains "largest documentary collection of African-American culture and history of Staten Island"

Staten Island Historical Society[17]
Historic Richmond Town
411 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10306-1198
Phone: 718-351-1611
Fax: 718-351-6057

Quarter publication: Richmondtown Restoration: Newsletter of the Staten Island Historical Society, Staten Island Historian

Tottenville Historical Society[17]
PO Box 70185
Staten Island, New York 10307-0185
Phone: 718 887-9125

  • They provide research services in their library and off-site at local repositories for a fee. They accept requests through mail or email. For more information.
Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

  • 1699–1734 Tax assesment rolls New York Public Library; Family History Library's Film 484033. These rolls are a great finding aid to locate someone that was a city resident and finding the ward they belonged to; includes renters and owners. There is a break in the years from 1710 to 1720. The rolls from 1721 to 1734 include Queens, Richmond, and Westchester as well as New York City. [19]

Town Records[edit source]

Town records in New York may include early births, marriages, deaths, divorces, local histories, selected military records, and town meeting minutes. Vital records from 1880/1882 are kept by town and village clerks, although some (Kent’s and Putnam Valley’s) are available in the County Historian’s Office. For further details, try the links to individual town Wiki pages found in Places. See also:

  • Gordon L. Remington, New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). NEHGS online edition; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 D27r. Alphabetical list including date founded, if a town history exists, church and cemetery sources, and if a Civil War register (TCR) exists.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Early Records - (Pre-1847)

  • 1799-1824 Slave Birth Records in the Town of Castleton, 1799 -1824 - free.
  • For birth substitutes, see church baptismal registers.
  • Index and genealogical data cards: births, deaths, marriages, baptisms, deeds, mortgages and other records from Staten Island and at the Historical Society, from 1600 on FHL Film.

Municipal Records 1847 - 1909

New York law did not always require recording of births, so the records are incomplete. Some pre-consolidation town and village birth records for the years 1847-1849 and 1881-1897 are available. Starting in 1898 all Staten Island births were recorded at the New York City level. Records are held at the New York City Municipal Archives where you can order copies online ($).

To order a birth certificate, you will need to know the year of birth and the certificate number, if possible. Use the indexes below to find the year and certificate number. If you cannot find the exact information, you may request the Municipal Archives to search several years for an additional fee.

Municipal Records 1910 - present

Birth records from 1909 to the present can be ordered online from the New York City Department of Health ($). An index is available in Births Reported in the City of New York, 1881-1965 on FHL Film. (For Staten Island, however, the birth records on this film do not start until 1898).

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Marriage records from 1898 to 1937 are held at the New York City Municipal Archives. They are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library. A digital version of the Family History Library's guide to New York City marriages is available at FamilySearch Digital Library. Marriage records from 1929 to the present can be obtained from the City Clerk of New York City ($).

Marriage Substitutes

Divorce[edit | edit source]


All divorces were granted by the governor or legislature and were very rare.


All divorces were granted by the court of chancery. These records are found in the New York State Archives or for the New York City area at the New York County Clerk's office.These divorces were granted only on the grounds of adultery.


All divorces are handled by the county Supreme Court where the divorce was granted. Divorce files in New York are sealed for 100 years. Contact the County Clerk for information about divorce records.

Divorce judgment papers often include date and place of the marriage and the names and birthdates of any children. Local newspapers may publish notices of divorce actions.

Death[edit | edit source]

Death records from 1898 to 1948 are held at the New York City Municipal Archives. They are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library. A digital version of the Family History Library's guide to New York City death records is available at FamilySearch Digital Library. Death records from 1948 to the present can be obtained from the New York City Department of Health ($).

Death Substitutes

Additional resources for Richmond County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Richmond– Vital Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the WorldCat Online Catalog.

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Staten Island Borough New York Genealogy Websites[edit | edit source]

Staten Island Borough New York Places[edit | edit source]

Staten Island Borough New York Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

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  6. For an analysis of this source, see: Patricia Law Hatcher, "The Staten Island Census A List Analysis," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 140, No. 4 (Oct. 2009):261-271. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 140.
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  10. "Former Synagogues of NYC," UpFront with NGS: Blog of the National Genealogical Society,, accessed 29 December 2011.
  11. Handybook, 847-61.
  12. "2nd New York Regiment," Valley Forge Legacy,, accessed 31 May 2012.
  13. That Ever Loyal Island: Staten Island and the American Revolution, Philip Papas, NYU Press, March 2009.
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  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 17.7 Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogist's Address Book: State and Local Resources, with Special Resources Including Ethnic and Religious Organizations, 6th ed. (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub., 2009), 462. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009.
  18. Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogist's Address Book: State and Local Resources, with Special Resources Including Ethnic and Religious Organizations, 6th ed. (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub., 2009), 462. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009.
  19. Harry Macy Jr., “New York City Assessment Rolls 1699-1734”,The NYGB Newsletter 3(Fall 1996): 26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.71 D25n v.7 Updated version at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society on the Society’s Website. This is listed under “Research Aid Articles”.