Watervliet, Albany County, New York Genealogy

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Watervliet, New York
Map of Albany County highlighting Watervliet
Location in Albany County
Map of New York highlighting Albany County
Albany County's location in the state of New York
Founded 1788
Seat Watervliet
Address 15th Street and Broadway, Watervliet, NY 12189
Website: www.watervliet.com/

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Quick Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Watervliet, New York

Fomer town names: West Troy, Gibbonsville, Port Schuyler

1609: Henry Hudson explored the region.

1643: Settled as part of the patroonship of Rensselaerwyck under direction of Kiliaen van Rensselaer

1774: The Shakers settled.

1788: Town of Watervliet founded, included all area with exception of the City of Albany.

1897: City of Watervliet incorporated, and the rest of town land as town of Colonie and town of Green Island.

  • Because so many of towns were created from Watervliet, it was known as the mother of towns in the county.
  • Neighboring towns and hamlets:

North - Town of Colonie, hamlet of Maplewood
Northeast - Town and village of Green Island
East - the Hudson River, and city of Troy in Rensselaer county.
South - Town of Colonie, hamlet of Schuyler Heights
West - Town of Colonie, hamlets of Latham and Mannsville.


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



aka Arsenal Cemetery


Watervliet Society of Shakers

Immaculate Conception (Catholic)

Located on Delatour Rd, Watervliet. Office located at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Phone (518) 463-0134

St Nicholas Ukranian Catholic Cemetery

Location Elm St, Watervliet in the hamlet of Maplewood. To inquire about cemetery records, contact the office of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church at 2410 Fourth Ave., Watervliet, N.Y. 12189

St Basil's Russian Orthodox

Elm St, Watervliet, adjacent to St Nicholas Cemetery in the hamlet of Maplewood Contact St Basil’s Russian Orthodox Church 6 Lansing Avenue, Watervliet, NY 12189 (518) 273-6262.

St. Patrick’s

150 Troy Schenectady Road, Watervliet, NY Office located at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands (518) 463-0134



  • Census of 1800, Watervliet, Albany County, New York (FHL)
  • Census returns of 1800: Watervliet, Albany County, New York, Pittstown, Rensselaer County, New York, Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, New York (FHL)

Centennial Celebrations, etc

see also: Church History and Records

Church History and Records




Ukrainian Catholic


  • Albany County officials illustrated directory, 1902-1903 (FHL)
  • The Troy directory: also Cohoes and Waterford, Watervliet and Green Island, N.Y. ... containing a general directory of the citizens; business directory; street directory; house directory; and city, county, and state registers (FHL)


  • As I remember it: being a detailed description of the North family of the Watervliet Shaker community and including the district school as well as the big barn at the Church family (FHL)
  • History of the city of Watervliet, New York, 1630 to 1910 (FHL)
  • Recapturing Wisdom's Valley: the Watervliet Shaker heritage, 1775-1975 (FHL)

Maps and Gazetteers

  • Map of Troy, Watervliet, Cohoes, Waterford and Green Island (FHL)



Archives, Libraries and Museums

Watervliet Public Library
1501 Broadway
Watervliet, NY 12189-2895
Phone: 518-274-4471
Fax: 518-271-0667
E-mail: http://watervlietpubliclibrary.org


Watervliet Historical Society Museum
1501 1st Ave
Watervliet, NY 12189-2808
Phone: 518–272-0715
Facebook:Museum Page

City Clerk

Watervliet City Clerk
City Hall
2 Fifteenth Street, Suite B
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: 518-270-3800 ext. 115
City Clerk can issue certificates of birth marriage and death that occur within the city.

City Historian

Watervliet City Historian[1]
City Hall, Room 6
2 Fifteenth Street, Suite B
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: 518–270–3815


Watervliet Historical Society
1501 1st Ave
Watervliet, NY 12189-2808
Phone: 518–272-0715
E-mail: WatervlietHistoricalSociety@Yahoo.com
Facebook:Museum Page

City Records

To locate additional published and transcribed records for Watervliet, 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

Societies, Libraries and Museums


Watervliet Genealogy


  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 Publ., 2009), 368-69. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009.