Canaan, Columbia County, New York Genealogy

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United States
New York
Columbia County
Town of Canaan


Church Records


Additional Resources:

USGennet - Columbia County

Genealogical Resources: A brief history for Cannan, Columbia County, New York by Capt. Franklin Ellis, 1878.


Civil War

USGenNet - Columbia County

Genealogical Resources: A list of men from the Town of Canaan that served in the Civil War. This is based on the 1878 history by Captain Franklin Ellis.


Archives, Libraries and Museums

Canaan Branch
1647 County Rt 5
Canaan, NY 12029-3017
Phone: 518-781-3392

Hudson Area Library
400 State Street
Hudson, New York 12534
Phone: 518-828-1792
Fax: 518-822-0567

Genealogical Resources: Historical information of the city, county and state, city directories, High School yearbooks, historical periodicals, photographs. History Room


Canaan Historical Society[1]
12913 Route 22
Canaan, New York 12029

Columbia County Historical Society
c/o Columbia County Museum & Library
5 Albany Avenue
PO Box 311
Kinderhook, NY 12106
Phone: 518-758-9265

Town Clerk

Town of Canaan, Clerk
1647 Route 5 South
Mailing address:
PO Box 459,
Canaan, NY 12029
Phone: (518) 781-3144 ext 1
Fax: (518) 781-3003
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9:30 AM -2:30 PM, Thursday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Services: Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates, other licenses, copies of zoning maps and regulations, Freedom of Information requests.

Town Historian

Anna Pearce, Historian
Town Hall
PO Box 459
Canaan, NY 12029
Phone: 518-392-4360

Town Records

To locate additional published and transcribed records for Canaan, Columbia 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


  1. 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), 392. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009.