Bethlehem, Albany County, New York Genealogy

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Albany County
Town of Bethlehem
Bethlehem, New York
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Founded March 12, 1793
Address 445 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054

Quick Facts

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Named after biblical town of Bethlehem.

1609: Henry Hudson may have landed at this spot.

12 March 1793: Town of Bethlehem founded, from Town of Watervliet.

1832: part of Town set off to create Town of New Scotland.

Villages, Halets and Communities

  • Beckers Corners – A hamlet in the south part of the town at Route 9W.
  • Bethlehem Center – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town.
  • Cedar Hill – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town, east of the Thruway.
  • Delmar, New York – A hamlet near the center of the town and the location of the town government. Formerly known as Adamsville.
  • Elsmere – A hamlet east of and adjacent to Delmar.
  • Glenmont, New York – A hamlet in the eastern part of the town.
  • Houcks Corners – A hamlet south of Delmar.
  • Karlsville – A hamlet in the north part of the town.
  • Kenwood – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town.
  • Normansville – A hamlet in the north part of the town.
  • North Bethlehem – A hamlet at the north town line in the northeast part of the town.
  • Selkirk, New York – A hamlet east of South Bethlehem.
  • Slingerlands – A hamlet immediately west of Delmar and near the west town line.
  • Spawn Hollow – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
  • South Albany – A hamlet in the south part of the town, north of South Bethlehem.
  • South Bethlehem – A hamlet in the south part of the town.
  • Wemple – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town.

Neighboring Towns

  • East: Hudson River
  • North: City of Albany, Town of Guilderland
  • West: Town of Scotland
  • South: Town of Coeymans


All titles, unless otherwise indicated, are FamilySearch Catalog (FHL) entries.


  • Burying ground inscriptions, Town of Bethlehem, pub. 1947-1948 (FHL)
  • Dutch Settlers Society Collection
  • Inscriptions of Old family burying grounds, Town of Bethlehem, pub. 1940 (FHL)

Beth Emeth Cemetery

Glenmont, NY 518-436-9761

Bethlehem Cemetery

Calvary Cemetery

Located in Bethlehem Center 518-465-3970

Elmwood Cemetery

80 Old Ravena Road, Selkirk, NY

Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran (Trinity)

Jerusalem Cemetery

Located on Old Quarry Rd, Feura Bush, NY

Kimmey Cemetery

Delmar, NY

Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Contact the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, P.O. Box 68, South Bethlehem NY 12161

Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery

Glenmont, NY

St Matthew’s Lutheran Cemetery

Bethlehem Center, NY

Church History and Records

Reformed Dutch

First Reformed

First known in early years as Congregation of Bethlehem and Jericho. (original and photostatic records)


Native Races

  • Bethlehem revisted, a bicentennial story, 1793-1993 (including information about Mohican and River (Mohegan) Indians. FHL Book 974.742/B1 H2b


Archives, Libraries and Museums

Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: 518–439–9314
Collection: Local Genealogy, published records, and passenger lists.


Town of Bethlehem Historical Association
Old Cedar Hill Schoolhouse
1003 River Road
Selkirk, NY 12158
Phone: 518–767–9432

Town Clerk

Bethlehem Town Clerk
Town Hall
Room 104
445 Delaware Avenue>
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: 518–439–1699

Town Historian

Bethlehem Town Historian
Susan E. Leath
Town Hall
445 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: 518–439–4955, ext. 1160

Town Records

To locate additional published and transcribed records for Bethlehem, 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.

Vital Records