Albany, Albany County, New York Genealogy
|Albany, New York|
Location in Albany County
Albany County's location in the state of New York
|Founded||July 22, 1686|
|Address|| 24 Eagle Street|
Albany, NY 12207
- 1 Resources
- 1.1 Biography
- 1.2 Business Records and Commerce
- 1.3 Cemeteries
- 1.4 Census
- 1.5 Centennial Celebrations, etc
- 1.6 Church Records
- 1.7 Court Records
- 1.8 Directories
- 1.9 Genealogy
- 1.10 History
- 1.11 Jewish Records
- 1.12 Land and Property
- 1.13 Maps
- 1.14 Migration
- 1.15 Military
- 1.16 Newspapers
- 1.17 Obituaries
- 2 Repositories
- 3 Schools
- 4 City Records
- 5 Vital Records
- 6 References
- 7 Places
- Albany illustrated: illustrated souvenir of Albany and vicinity, commerce, trade and industries, historical, descriptive and biographical sketches, with views and portraits (Ann Arbor, Michigan : University Microfilms, 1987. Microreproduction of original published: [Albany?] : The Argus Co., [1892?]). HeritageQuest Online edition; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Fiche 6070937
- Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy: nebst kurzen biographien von beamten und hervorragenden buergern: illustrirtes handbuch wissenswerthen inhaltes (Biographical sketches of officals and prominent German people in Albany and Troy) (Ann Arbor, Michigan : University Microfilms, 1987. Microreproduction of original published: [Albany?] : Albany Taeglicher Herold, [1897?]). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Fiche 6070928.
- David Addison Harsha, Noted living Albanians and state officials: a series of biographical sketches (Tucson, Arizona : W.C. Cox Co., 1974. Microreproduction of original published: Albany, N.Y. : Weed, Parsons, and Co., 1891). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 1000231 Item 2.
Business Records and Commerce
- Albany Savings Bank, 1820-1899 (FHL)
- Albany Savings Bank, 1820-1920: one hundred years of faithful service, June 10th, 1920 (FHL)
- History and development of the Albany Home Building Co., Albany, N.Y.: December, 1912 (FHL)
- Home Savings Bank of the city of Albany: its history and achievements, 1872-1922, fifty years of faithful stewardship, May 4, 1922 (FHL)
- Industrial Albany: manufacturing and distributing advantages (FHL)
- Albany City cemeteries, 1941 (FHL)
- Burial records, First Dutch Reformed Church, 1934 (FHL)
- Burials in Albany: p.56-58, 1710-1736 (First Reformed Church) (FHL)
- Cemetery records, Albany (St. John's Evangelical Lutheran & Evangelical Protestant Church) and New Woodstock, New York, 1962 (FHL)
- Proceedings of the Common Council, and the various religious corporations of the city of Albany, relative to the State Street burial grounds, 1867 (FHL)
- The Albany Rural Cemetery: its beauties, its memories, 1893 (FHL)
- Albany Rural Cemetery: proprietors and lot location, 1874-1879 (FHL)
- Individual interment records (card file), 1965 (FHL)
- Menands, New York, Albany Rural Cemetery Burial Cards, 1791-2011
- New York Gravestone Photo Project
- map: USGS GNIS FID 942240
- map: Hometown Locator
Beth Emmeth (Jewish)
- Old Beth Emmeth Cemetery, Old Retreat Rd, 1985 (FHL)
- Cemetery office (518)436-9761
- New York Gravestone Photo Project
- map: USGS GNIS FID 943766
- map: Hometown Locator
Eagle Hill aka St. Paul's German Lutheran
- Cemetery records, Graceland burial grounds (FHL)
- New York Gravestone Photo Project
- map: USGS GNIS FID 951452
- map: Hometown Locator
- The matched mortality and population schedules of 1860 census of Albany city and county, New York, pub. 1987
- Albany, New York 1910 census enumeration district maps
- 1920 census map for Albany, New York (FHL)
Centennial Celebrations, etc
See also Church Directories, History and Records
- Albany's tercentenary: America's oldest city, 1624-1924, historical narrative souvenir (FHL)
- Albany, a cradle of America: founded 1614, chartered 1686 (FHL)
- The capital centenary: report of the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the state capital in Albany : January 3, 1797-January 6, 1897 (FHL)
See Albany, New York Church Records Wiki page.
Albany, New York, Oldest surviving European settlement from the original thirteen British colonies.
Indian names: Pem-po-tu-wuth-ut (Mohegan), Sche-negh-ta-da (Iroquois)
Former town names: Castle Island (1540), Fort Nassau (1614), Fort Orange (1624), Beverwyck (1652)
1664: When English took the area, the name was changed to Albany in honor of the Duke of Albany, later James II, King of England.
1674: The Dutch took Albany from the English.
1675: The English retook Albany as the result of Third Anglo-Dutch War.
22 July 1686: Formally chartered as a city.
1797: Albany became the state capital.
Several published histories are available online:
- Munsell, J. Collections on the History of Albany, from its Discovery to the Present Time: with Notices of its Public Institutions, and Biographical Sketches of Citizens Deceased (Albany, New York: 1867) Google Books digital copy, Other Libraries
- Albany Chronicles: A History of the City Arranged Chronologically from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Illustrated with Many Historical Pictures of Rarity and Reproductions of the Robert C. Pruyn Collection of the Mayors of Albany. Albany, N.Y.: J.B. Lyon Company, Printers, 1906. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
- Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany, New York, 1838-1938, 5598-5698 (FHL)
Land and Property
- Hudson River a navigable river stretching from north of Albany then flowing south to empty into the Atlantic Ocean at New York City
- Albany Post Road from New York City to Albany,_New_York 1669
- Alford and Egremont (MA) Turnpike 1812
- Ancram (NY) Turnpike 1805, also sometimes called the Catskill Road, from Salisbury, Connecticut to Catskill, New York
- Catskill Road 1750s from Springfield, Massachusetts to Catskill, New York    
- Catskill Turnpike (aka Susquehannah Turnpike ) from Catskill, NY to Unadilla, NY; route travelled by Europeans by 1792; toll booths opened by 1804.   
- Columbia (NY) Turnpike 1799
- Great Barrington and Aford (MA) Turnpike 1812
- Greenwood Road 1799 from Hartford, Connecticut to Albany,_New_York
- Hampden and Berkshire (MA) Turnpike 1826
- Hillsdale and Chatham Turnpike 1805 from Alford, Massachusetts to Albany,_New_York
- Housatonic River (MA) Turnpike 1809
- Massachusetts 10th Turnpike 1800
- Massachusetts 12th Turnpike 1812
- Mohawk or Iroquois Trail   1722 from Boston, Massachusetts to Fort Oswego, New York
- Rensselaer and Columbia (NY) Turnpike 1799
Old Fulton NY Post Cards has the largest online collection of 400 New York 1795-2007 newspapers. The instructions for this quirky site are needed to get the most out of it.
Old Fulton NY Post Cards has the following Albany, Albany County, New York Genealogy newspaper images:
- Albany NY Evening Journal 1830-1936
Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Historic Albany Foundation
89 Lexington Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Facebook: Historic Albany Foundation
Historic Albany Foundation is a private, not-for-profit membership organization working to promote the preservation and appreciation of the built environment in and around the city of Albany.
Historic Cherry Hill
523½ South Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12202
Collection: The Van Rensselaer-Rankin family amassed several lifetimes and several households worth of personal papers and possessions during their 176 years of occupancy at Cherry Hill. In April of 1963 when Emily Rankin, the last surviving family member, passed away, the house and its contents became the Historic Cherry Hill Collection -- a completely intact assemblage of one family's material possessions spanning five generations and over three hundred years of American history. Although the collection was amassed over a long period with the dual motives of accumulating family history and throwing away as little as possible, the resulting collection contains some very rare and fine examples of American material culture. In addition, the family kept their own meticulous records regarding the history and provenance of individual objects as well as records of changes they made including furniture movement, placement, restoration, and decoration. Often, objects have a web of associated tangential material such as notes, photographs, letters, family lore and old parts that were removed and replaced but never disposed of. They have 5,000 books, 30,000 manuscripts, and many photographs.
New York State Library
Cultural Education Center
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12230
All periods and aspects of New York state history from colonial times to present; printed family histories with emphasis on NY, PA, NJ, and New England, DAR, Loyalist records, census, periodicals, probate, military, church and vital records.
- Melinda Yates, Gateway to America: genealogical research in the New York State Library, 2nd ed. (Albany, N.Y.: University of the state of New York, State Education Dept., New York State Library, 1982). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 D23y.
- New York State Library card catalog file of vital records in the History and Genealogy section ([Albany, New York : New York State Library, Photoduplication Department, 1979?]). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Fiche 6332544. Microfiche of hand and typewritten cards.
- New York State Library (Albany, New York), Surname card index ([Albany, New York: New York State Library, Photoduplication Unit, 1979?]). FHL Fiche 6331486. Surname catalog of the American History and Genealogy section of the New York State Library.
SUNY at Albany M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives
UAlbany Science Library LE–352
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12222
Collection: Online listing.
- Estelle M. Guzik, Genealogical resources in the New York metropolitan area (New York, N.Y.: Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, 1989). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Fiche 6100654; FHL Book 974.71 A3ge. Also includes Albany. Emphasis on Jewish sources.
- Duncan O. McCollum, Guide to records relating to the Revolutionary War in the New York State Archives (Albany, NY: University of the State of New York, State Education Dept., Office of Cultural Education, State Archives and Records Administration, 1994). New York State Library/Archives/Museum Catalog online .pdf edition; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 A3m. Government administration, claims and payments, land bounties, forfeited estates, pensions, finance, and correspondence.
Albany City Clerk
24 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12209
Within the Office of City Clerk, there is the Vital Statistics Registrar:
Albany Vital Statistics Registrar
City Hall, Room 254M
Albany, NY 12207
Vital Statistics provides birth and death records for those events that occur in the City of Albany. The records begin with September 1, 1870 and all records are maintained under guidelines and requirements of the New York State Department of Health. The Registrar and other employees of Vital Statistics deal with relatives, funeral homes, hospitals, social services agencies and others in providing accurate and legal documents. For prices and additional information, visit the website.
Albany City Historian
21 McKinley Street
Albany, NY 12206
The City Historian recommends visiting the History of Colonial Albany website for information and then contacting him with further questions.
Albany South End Historical Society
20 Second Avenue
Albany, New York 12202
Collection: Materials relating to the City of Albany, especially the South End of the city. These include City Directories, maps, photos, artifacts and manuscripts. Information on prominent houses and South End residents is also collected.
The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany
608 25th Street
Watervliet, NY 12189
Founded in 1924, the Dutch Settlers Society of Albany strives to perpetuate the memory of the individuals who settled in the greater Albany area during the Dutch colonial period of 1624–1664. The Society is charged with collecting and preserving information pertaining to the early history of Albany (Fort Orange, later Beverwijck) including genealogical records of the settlers and their descendants. Recent years of their Newsletters are online.
To locate additional published and transcribed records for Albany, Albany County, New York Genealogy check:
- Gordon L. Remington, New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). American Ancestors 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. The codes used under Church and Cemetery are defined in the link above the listing of towns, cities and villages.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Old Albany Post Road" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Albany_Post_Road (accessed 23 June 2011).
- Frederic J. Wood, The Turnpikes of New England and the Evolution of the Same Through England, Virginia, and Maryland (Boston: Marshall Jones, 1919), map between 56 and 57, and 168. Internet Archive version online.
- Isaac Huntting, History of the Little Nine Partners of North East Precinct and Pine Plains, New York, Dutchess County (Amenia, NY: Chas. Walsh, 1897), 99-101. Google Book edition.
- List of turnpikes in New York in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 6 November 2014).
- Ancram Turnpike in Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes (accessed 6 November 2014). The Ancram Turnpike went from Springield, MA to Catskill, NY; and was called the Catskill Road.
- Almira E Morgan, The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. Online digital copy.
- Catskill Turnpike in Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes (accessed 6 November 2014). The Catskill Turnpike went west from Catskill, NY to Bath, NY; the east part was called the Susquehanna Turnpike.
- Huntting, 97-99.
- List of turnpikes in New York in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 1 November 2014).
- Anastassia Zinke, The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History in Catskill Mountain Foundation (accessed 1 November 2014).
- Joan Odess, The Susquehanna Turnpike (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).
- Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 186-88.
- Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 348-49.
- Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 203-205.
- Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 166-67.
- Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 76-78.
- Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 79-80.
- Handybook, 851.
- Fort Oswego in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 2 July 2011).
- Mohawk Trail in Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trail, Roads, and Migration Routes in RootsWeb (accessed 6 October 2014).
- Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogist's Address Book: State and Local Resources, with Special Resources Including Ethnic and Religious Organizations, 6th ed. (Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Publ., 2009), 368-69. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009.