Guilderland, Albany County, New York Genealogy

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New York
Albany County
Town of Guilderland
Guilderland, New York
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Location in Albany County, New York
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Albany County, New York's location in the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°42′05″N 73°55′31″W / 42.701389°N 73.925278°W / 42.701389; -73.925278
Founded 1803

Quick Facts

  • Named for the Gelderland province of in the Netherlands.
  • Guilderland was originally a part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck begun by Patroon Kiliaen van Rensselaer in 1629 as part of the New Netherland colony. By the end of the 17th century Dutch settlers from Albany and Schenectady began to establish farms in the area, beginning first along the banks of the Normans Kill. In 1712 a group of emigrants from the Rhine Valley in present-day Germany passed through the town on their way to Schoharie. They were the first to record and name the Helderberg Escarpment, originally Hellebergh meaning "bright or clear mountain". This name would also be used for all the land between the Normans Kill and the escarpment. In 1734 the first known religious service was held by a Lutheran dominie from Athens, New York to the "Normanskill Folk", and the first religious structure was a Dutch Reformed Church in 1750.
  • Formerly named Hamilton. Vasiliev, Ren. From Abbotts to Zurich: New York State Placenames. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2004.
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Beth Abraham Jacob


1 mile east of the village of Altamont on Route 146

Guilderland (Reformed Church)

High Point

1 mile west of the village of Altamont

Prospect Hill

Severson Cemetery

Small family cemetery in the village of Altamont

Temple Israel, Sons of Abraham, Ohav Sholom

Vanderpool Cemetery

Church History and Records

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  • Records of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church at Guilderland, N. Y., 1787-1875. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Collection
    Baptisms, 1788-1873
    Marriages, 1828-1873
    Deaths and funerals, 1848-1854, 1864-1869
    Communions, confirmations, 1788-1871
    Members; dismissals, 1864-1871
    Pastors, 1787-1875
    Biographical sketches of pastors; officers, 1816-1818.
  • Record of baptisms and marriages, St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Guilderland, New York, 1784-1873 FHL Collection
    Baptisms with birth dates, 1784-1873
    Marriages by the Rev. Adam Cminse of the Evangelical Lutheran Churches of Guilderland, Berne, and Knox, including places of residence, 1828-1873.


  • History of Methodism in Guilderland and of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Hamilton. FHL Collection
    Hamilton was a former name of Guilderland. Includes names of the pastors and officials of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Hamilton, biographies of some of the pastors, and history of Methodism in areas surrounding Guilderland as well as in New York State in general.
  • Rev. George H. Pettingell continues history of Methodism in the Guilderland section. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Collection
    The articles were first presented as sermons during the winter of 1934-35 and later appeared in the Altamont enterprise (N.Y.).


Reformed Church


  • Records of some early settlers of the town of Guilderland, the Helderburgh and Normanskill regions FHL Collection


  • Historical data of the town of Guilderland, New York FHL Collection
  • Outline history of the town of Guilderland, Albany County, New York {FHL|150736|item}} ▲ FHL Collection

Military History and Records

  • A memorial: places of burial and sketches of some Guilderland soldiers of the war of the Revolution and records of farm burial places in the Town of Guilderland, N. Y. FHL Collection


Archives, Libraries and Museums

Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Avenue
Guilderland, NY 12084-9071
Phone: 518-456-2400
Fax: 518-456-0923

Genealogical Resources:


Guilderland Historical Society
451 Route 146
PO Box 282
Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Phone: 518–861–8071

Town Clerk

Guilderland Town Clerk
Rosemary Centi
Guilderland Town Hall – 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 339
Guilderland, NY 12084
Phone: 518-356-1980

Town Historian

Guilderland Town Historian
Alice Begley
Guilderland Town Hall - 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 339
Guilderland, NY 12084
Phone: 518-356-1980 Ext. 1050

Town Records

To locate additional published and transcribed records for Guilderland, 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