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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[New York]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''[[Greene_County,_New_York|Greene County]]'''  
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Guide to '''Greene County, New York ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, military records.
  
Guide to '''Greene County New York genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, military, immigration and naturalization records. {{NYCOIntro}}  
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=== Greene County New York Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Greene County New York Historical Facts  ===
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==== Greene County, New York Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*Created 30 March 1802 from [[Ontario County, New York|Ontario]] County.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 489. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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*Set off 25 March 1800 from Albany County.<ref>https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Albany_County,_New_York</ref><ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 489. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Albany County, New York|Albany]] | [[Columbia County, New York|Columbia]] | [[Delaware County, New York|Delaware ]]| [[Rensselaer County, New York|Rensselaer]] | [[Schoharie County, New York|Schohaire]] | [[Ulster County, New York|Ulster]]  
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[[Albany County, New York Genealogy|Albany]] {{•}} [[Columbia County, New York Genealogy|Columbia]] {{•}} [[Delaware County, New York Genealogy|Delaware ]] {{•}} [[Rensselaer County, New York Genealogy|Rensselaer]] {{•}} [[Schoharie County, New York Genealogy|Schohaire]] {{•}} [[Ulster County, New York Genealogy|Ulster]]  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating New York County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/newyork/ "Rotating Formation New York County Boundary Maps"] (1683-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
*'''1801:''' 90 square miles (Prattsville, Vly Mountain, Halcott Center, Bushneville, Highmount, Shandaken, Lanesville and Pine Hill) transferred from [[Delaware County, New York|Delaware]] and [[Ulster County, New York|Ulster]] counties.  
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*'''1801:''' 90 square miles (Prattsville, Vly Mountain, Halcott Center, Bushneville, Highmount, Shandaken, Lanesville and Pine Hill) transferred from [[Delaware County, New York Genealogy|Delaware]] and [[Ulster County, New York Genealogy|Ulster]] counties.  
 
*'''26 May 1812:''' a portion (Pine Hill, Highmount and Shandaken) was transferred back to Ulster County.  
 
*'''26 May 1812:''' a portion (Pine Hill, Highmount and Shandaken) was transferred back to Ulster County.  
 
*'''15 April 1814:''' the county borders were re-surveyed with no change in area but Prattsville was found to be inside Greene County.  
 
*'''15 April 1814:''' the county borders were re-surveyed with no change in area but Prattsville was found to be inside Greene County.  
*'''23 April 1822:''' the border was again re-surveyed, and the Hudson River border with [[Columbia County, New York|Columbia]] County realigned.  
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*'''23 April 1822:''' the border was again re-surveyed, and the Hudson River border with [[Columbia County, New York Genealogy|Columbia]] County realigned.  
*'''3 March 1836:''' 30 square miles (Manorkill) lost to [[Schoharie County, New York|Schoharie]] County.
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*'''3 March 1836:''' 30 square miles (Manorkill) lost to [[Schoharie County, New York Genealogy|Schoharie]] County.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
=== Greene County New York Genealogy Resources  ===
 
=== Greene County New York Genealogy Resources  ===
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
 
 
 
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| colspan="3" | &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;*See the [[New York Cemeteries#Online_Resources|New York Cemeteries]] page for details about each site.
 
| colspan="3" | &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;*See the [[New York Cemeteries#Online_Resources|New York Cemeteries]] page for details about each site.
 
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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| bgcolor="#bdb76b" align="center" | [[New York State Census, 1855 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1855]]
 
| bgcolor="#bdb76b" align="center" | [[New York 1865 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1865]]  
 
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| bgcolor="#bdb76b" align="center" | [[New York 1875 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1875]]  
 
| bgcolor="#bdb76b" align="center" | [[New York 1892 State Census|1892]]  
 
| bgcolor="#bdb76b" align="center" | [[New York 1892 State Census|1892]]  
 
| bgcolor="#bdb76b" align="center" | [[New York 1905 State Census Records|1905]]  
 
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| bgcolor="#bdb76b" align="center" | [[New York State Census, 1925 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1925]]
 
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:*'''1761-1867''' Society of Friends. Coeymans Monthly Meeting (Orthodox){{FHL|127053|item|disp=FHL film 17387 Item 2, film 17361 Item 3, film 17387 Item 1, film 17388 Item 1-2}} Births and deaths 1812-1867, Marriages 1829-1867, Men's monthly meetings 1828-1867, Women's monthly meetings 1828-1861.  
 
:*'''1761-1867''' Society of Friends. Coeymans Monthly Meeting (Orthodox){{FHL|127053|item|disp=FHL film 17387 Item 2, film 17361 Item 3, film 17387 Item 1, film 17388 Item 1-2}} Births and deaths 1812-1867, Marriages 1829-1867, Men's monthly meetings 1828-1867, Women's monthly meetings 1828-1861.  
 
:*'''Years vary''' Church records of Greene County churches {{FHL|407661|item|disp=FHL film 37571}} Includes holographic manuscripts of baptisms, 1798-1831, and marriages, 1833-1843, from Prattsville Reformed Church, baptisms, 1830-1833, marriages, 1842-1868, and members, 1830-1833, from Cairo Presbyterian Church, baptisms, 1799- 1888, and members, 1792-1888, from the First Presbyterian Church at Durham.
 
:*'''Years vary''' Church records of Greene County churches {{FHL|407661|item|disp=FHL film 37571}} Includes holographic manuscripts of baptisms, 1798-1831, and marriages, 1833-1843, from Prattsville Reformed Church, baptisms, 1830-1833, marriages, 1842-1868, and members, 1830-1833, from Cairo Presbyterian Church, baptisms, 1799- 1888, and members, 1792-1888, from the First Presbyterian Church at Durham.
 
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:*'''Years vary''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygreen2/church_records.htm RootsWeb] Church Records in Greene County.
{{NYChurch2|Greene+County|439597}}  
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:*'''1852-1861''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygreen2/the_journal_of_john_berrien_fish.htm RootsWeb] Marriages from the Journal of John Berrien Fish.
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:*'''1826-1901''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygreen2/athens_reformed_marriages.htm RootsWeb] First Reformed Church, Athens, NY. Baptisms and Marriages.
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:*'''1842-1937''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygreen2/kiskatom_church.htm RootsWeb] Kiskatom Reformed Church: Baptisms 1843-1930. Marriages 1842-1937, Deaths 1848 - 1929, Members and Dismissions.
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:*'''1804-1844''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygreen2/protestant_reformed_dutch_church_leeds.htm RootsWeb] The Protestant Reformed Dutch Church of Leeds in the town of Catskill, Greene County, N. Y. people who were or had been members of the Catskill baptist church.
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:*'''1732-1833''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygreen2/catskill_dutch_reformed_church.htm RootsWeb] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Catskill in the Town of Catskill, Greene County, New York: Marriage records for 1732 - 1735, 1754 - 1762, and 1798 - 1833, List of Pews and Owners Names, Baptisms 1732 - 1833, History of the Church and Pew Ownership 1733. 
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:*'''1860-1961'''  [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygreen2/greene_co_residents_in_the_coeymans_methodist_church_records.htm RootsWeb] Coeymans Methodist Church Greene County Residents (Only):  Marriages.
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==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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*'''1906-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|2299396|New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
 
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==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
  
For a list of current town and county historians [http://www.hopefarm.com/greenhst.htm Click Here].  
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For a list of current town and county historians [http://www.hopefarm.com/greenhst.htm Click Here].
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[http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/families/hmgfm/greeneindex.html  Schenectady Digital History Archive] includes  "Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: Index to Families" includes people from Greene County.
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
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:*'''1800-1922''' Deed Records 1800-1901 {{FHL|226546|item|disp=FHL film 479664 (first of 91 films)}} - Index included: 1800-1922<br>
 
:*'''1800-1922''' Deed Records 1800-1901 {{FHL|226546|item|disp=FHL film 479664 (first of 91 films)}} - Index included: 1800-1922<br>
  
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{{NY FamilySearch Catalog Land|375840}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/newyork/ Maps of New York (1683-1915)]
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
  
Early migration routes for European settlers to and from {{PAGENAME}} included:<ref>''Handybook'', 847-61.</ref>  
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[[Image:Catskill Turnpike.png|right|550px|Catskill Turnpike.png]][[Image:NY MA CT.png|right|450px|NY MA CT.png]]Migration routes for early European settlers to and from {{PAGENAME}} included:<ref>''Handybook'', 847-61.</ref><br><br>  
  
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River '''Hudson River'''] a navigable river stretching from north of [[Albany, New York|Albany]] then flowing south to empty into the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Ocean Atlantic Ocean] at [[New York City, New York|New York City]]  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River '''Hudson River'''] a navigable river stretching from north of [[Albany, New York|Albany]] then flowing south to empty into the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Ocean Atlantic Ocean] at [[New York City, New York|New York City]]  
:*[[Albany Post Road|'''Albany Post Road''']] (or Queen's Road, or King's Road) 1669 from [[Albany, New York|Albany]] to [[New York City, New York|New York City]]  
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*[[Albany Post Road]] from [[New York City New York genealogy|New York City]] to [[Albany, New York]]<ref name="Old Alb">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).</ref> 1669
:*[[Greenwood Road|'''Greenwood Road''']] 1600s from [[Hartford, Connecticut]] to [[Albany, New York|Albany, New York]]  
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*Alford and Egremont (MA) Turnpike<ref>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. [https://archive.org/stream/turnpikesofnewen00woodrich#page/168/mode/1up Internet Archive version online].</ref> 1812
:*[[Catskill Road|'''Catskill Road''']] (or Ancram Turnpike<ref name="Ancr">"Map and  Timeline: 1800 to 2020 (and Beyond)" in Susquehanna Turnpike.org at http://www.susquehannaturnpike.net/15901.html (accessed 28 December 2011).</ref>) before 1766 from [[Springfield, Massachusetts]] to [[Catskill, New York]]  
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*Ancram (NY) Turnpike<ref>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. [{{Huntt}} Google Book edition].</ref> 1805, also sometimes called the '''''Catskill Road''''', from [[Salisbury, Connecticut]] to [[Catskill, New York]]  
:*[[Catskill Turnpike|'''Catskill Turnpike''']], trail 1760s; turnpike 1804, from [[Catskill, New York]] to [[Bath, New York]] with extensions to [[Buffalo, New York]], or [[Erie, Pennsylvania]]
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*[[Catskill Road]] 1750s from [[Springfield, Massachusetts]] to [[Catskill, New York]]<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 6 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="AncramTpk">[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/Northeast%20U.S.%20Migration%20Routes.htm#_NAME_%28A%29 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'''''.</ref> <ref name="Morgan">Almira E Morgan, ''The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path'' (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. [http://tcpl.org/local-history/documents/nys-cny/Catskill_Turnpike.pdf Online digital copy].</ref> <ref name="CatskillTpk">[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/Northeast%20U.S.%20Migration%20Routes.htm#_NAME_%28C%29 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'''''.</ref> <ref>Huntting, 97-99.</ref>
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*'''''[[Catskill Turnpike]]&nbsp;''''' (aka '''Susquehannah Turnpike&nbsp;''') from Catskill, NY to Unadilla, NY; route travelled by Europeans by 1792; toll booths opened by 1804.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="Morgan" /> <ref>Anastassia Zinke, [http://www.catskillmtn.org/guide-magazine/articles/2001-11-the-susquehanna-turnpike-and-america-s-frontier-history.html The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History] in ''Catskill Mountain Foundation'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref>Joan Odess, [http://www.dcha-ny.org/turnpike.pdf The Susquehanna Turnpike] (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).</ref>  
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*Columbia (NY) Turnpike 1799
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*Great Barrington and Aford (MA) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 186-88.</ref> 1812
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*[[Greenwood Road]]<ref>Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 348-49.</ref> 1799 from [[Hartford, Connecticut]] to [[Albany, New York]]  
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*Hampden and Berkshire (MA) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 203-205.</ref> 1826
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*Hillsdale and Chatham Turnpike 1805 from [[Alford, Massachusetts]] to [[Albany, New York]]  
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*Housatonic River (MA) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 166-67.</ref> 1809
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*Massachusetts 10th Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 76-78.</ref> 1800
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*Massachusetts 12th Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 79-80.</ref> 1812
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*[[Minsi Path]] 1766 from [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]] to [[Kingston, New York]]<ref>''Handybook'', 851.</ref> <ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlehem_Pike Bethlehem Pike] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 17 November 2014).</ref>
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*Rensselaer and Columbia (NY) Turnpike 1799
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*Salisbury and Canaan (CT) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 363-64.</ref> 1801-1829
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*[[Ulster and Delaware Turnpike]] 1802 from [[Salisbury, Connecticut]] to [[Bainbridge, New York]]
  
 
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==== Military  ====
  
'''Civil War'''  
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932388|New York, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index 
  
 
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''Available towns.'' Registers are available for: [[Ashland, Greene County, New York|Ashland]]{{·}} [[Athens, New York|Athens]]{{·}} [[Cairo, New York|Cairo]]{{·}} [[Catskill, New York|Catskill]]{{·}} [[Coxsackie, New York|Coxsackie]]{{·}} [[Durham, New York|Durham]]{{·}} [[Greenville, Greene County, New York|Greenville]]{{·}} [[Halcott, New York|Halcott]]{{·}} [[Hunter, New York|Hunter]]{{·}} [[Jewett, New York|Jewett]]{{·}} [[Lexington, New York|Lexington]]{{·}} [[New Baltimore, New York|New Baltimore]]{{·}} [[Prattsville, New York|Prattsville]]{{·}} [[Windham, New York|Windham]].  
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''Available towns.'' Registers are available for: [[Ashland, Greene County, New York Genealogy|Ashland]]{{·}} [[Athens, New York|Athens]]{{·}} [[Cairo, New York|Cairo]]{{·}} [[Catskill, New York|Catskill]]{{·}} [[Coxsackie, New York|Coxsackie]]{{·}} [[Durham, New York|Durham]]{{·}} [[Greenville, Greene County, New York Genealogy|Greenville]]{{·}} [[Halcott, New York|Halcott]]{{·}} [[Hunter, New York|Hunter]]{{·}} [[Jewett, New York|Jewett]]{{·}} [[Lexington, New York|Lexington]]{{·}} [[New Baltimore, New York|New Baltimore]]{{·}} [[Prattsville, New York|Prattsville]]{{·}} [[Windham, New York|Windham]].  
  
 
'''''Regiments.'''''&nbsp;Service men in Greene County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.<ref>Frederick Phisterer, ''New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed.'' (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912). [http://www.archive.org/details/newyorkinwarofre05phisrich Internet Archive digital copy]; {{WorldCat|11490201|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|647247|item|disp=FHL Film 1486494-96; Fiche 6083559-64; Book 974.7 M2p}}.</ref>  
 
'''''Regiments.'''''&nbsp;Service men in Greene County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.<ref>Frederick Phisterer, ''New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed.'' (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912). [http://www.archive.org/details/newyorkinwarofre05phisrich Internet Archive digital copy]; {{WorldCat|11490201|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|647247|item|disp=FHL Film 1486494-96; Fiche 6083559-64; Book 974.7 M2p}}.</ref>  
  
:- [[120th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Companies D, F, and K  
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:- [[25th Regiment, New York Cavalry|25th Regiment, New York Cavalry]], Company A
:- [[156th Regiment, New York Infantry]]
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:- [[65th Regiment, New York Infantry|65th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company B
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:- [[120th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Companies D, F and K  
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:- [[156th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company C
  
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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'''Online Probate Indexes'''  
 
'''Online Probate Indexes'''  
  
:*'''1787-1835''' [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=094&Da=7 Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835] at [http://newyorkancestors.org/ New York Ancestors] ($); includes {{PAGENAME}}.<ref>About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.</ref><br>  
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*'''1629 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1920234|New York Probate Records 1629-1971}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
:*'''1800-1924''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/sr/ny/newyork.htm#greene SAMPUBCO] Browsable index of testators of wills.<br>  
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*'''1659 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8800 New York Wills and Probate Records 1659-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
:*'''1800-1900''' - Sawyer, Ray C. ''Abstract of Wills of Greene County, New York''. 3 vols. 1988. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=17054 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*'''1787-1835''' [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=094&Da=7 Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835] at [http://newyorkancestors.org/ New York Ancestors] ($); includes {{PAGENAME}}.<ref>About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.</ref><br>  
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*'''1800-1924''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/sr/ny/newyork.htm#greene SAMPUBCO] Browsable index of testators of wills.<br>  
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*'''1800-1900''' - Sawyer, Ray C. ''Abstract of Wills of Greene County, New York''. 3 vols. 1988. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=17054 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*'''1866 - 1923''' {{RecordSearch|1466356|New York Kings County Estate Files 1866-1923}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
  
 
'''Probate Records on Microfilm'''  
 
'''Probate Records on Microfilm'''  
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:*'''1890–1906''' Guardianship {{FHL|item|247259|disp=FHL Film 480103    (3 films)}}
 
:*'''1890–1906''' Guardianship {{FHL|item|247259|disp=FHL Film 480103    (3 films)}}
  
{{NY FHLC Probate|Greene+County|566056}}  
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{{NY FamilySearch Catalog Probate|Greene+County|566056}}
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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Cornell University, ''Guide to Historical Resources in Greene County, New York Repositories''. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1988). {{WorldCat|18202464|disp=At various libraries}}; {{FHL|657160|item|disp=FHL Book 974.737 A3g}}. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies. <br>  
 
Cornell University, ''Guide to Historical Resources in Greene County, New York Repositories''. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1988). {{WorldCat|18202464|disp=At various libraries}}; {{FHL|657160|item|disp=FHL Book 974.737 A3g}}. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies. <br>  
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===== County Historian's Office  =====
 
===== County Historian's Office  =====
  
[http://00644c9.netsolhost.com/countyinfo.htm Green County Historians]<br>Raymond Beecher<br>138 Beecher Road<br>Coxsackie, NY 12051<br>Telephone: (518) 731-6822 or 731-1033
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[http://00644c9.netsolhost.com/countyinfo.htm Greene County Historian]<br>David Dorpfeld<br>71 Sutton Place<br>Coxsackie, NY 12051<br>Telephone: (518) 320-8545<br>  
 
 
Charles B. Swain - Minorities Historian<br>8608 US Rt 9W<br>Athens, NY 12015<br>Telephone: (518)943-5241 Fax: (518)943-7447
 
  
The County Historian may provide access to obituaries, vital records, church records, maps, and family files or journals. Some historians provide search services for their office records and others may refer you to local genealogists who research in the area.<br>  
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The County Historian may provide access to obituaries, vital records, church records, maps, and family files or journals. Some historians provide search services for their office records and others may refer you to local genealogists who research in the area.<br>
  
 
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===== Family History Centers  =====
 
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{{NYfhc|Kingston}}  
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{{NYfhc|Kingston}}
  
 
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:*'''1664–1784''' New York. Secretary of State, ''Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued By the Secretary of the Province of New York, Previous to 1784'' (Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons and Co., 1860). At Cornell University [http://digital.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=moamono;idno=tuck0005 digital library]-free; [http://www.archive.org/stream/namesofpersonsfo02newy#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive] - free; [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3177 Ancestry edition($)]; {{WorldCat|1508227|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|342358|item|disp=FHL Film 514675 Item 1 or 930131 Item 2}}. Marriage bonds issued in the State of New York prior to 1784, and the earliest record dating 1664.<br>
 
:*'''1664–1784''' New York. Secretary of State, ''Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued By the Secretary of the Province of New York, Previous to 1784'' (Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons and Co., 1860). At Cornell University [http://digital.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=moamono;idno=tuck0005 digital library]-free; [http://www.archive.org/stream/namesofpersonsfo02newy#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive] - free; [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3177 Ancestry edition($)]; {{WorldCat|1508227|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|342358|item|disp=FHL Film 514675 Item 1 or 930131 Item 2}}. Marriage bonds issued in the State of New York prior to 1784, and the earliest record dating 1664.<br>
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:*'''1847–1848''' and '''1908–1936''' {{RecordSearch|1618491|New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
  
 
:*'''1908–1924''' {{RecordSearch|1618491|New York, County Marriages 1908–1935}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. {{FHL|44364|item|disp=FHL film 1032909 (first of 2 films)}}<br>
 
:*'''1908–1924''' {{RecordSearch|1618491|New York, County Marriages 1908–1935}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. {{FHL|44364|item|disp=FHL film 1032909 (first of 2 films)}}<br>
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:*'''1880-1956''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61535 New York, Death Index, 1880-1956] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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:*'''1957-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|2285574|New York State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957-1963}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index only<br>
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''Death Substitutes''  
  
 
:*'''1795–1952''' {{RecordSearch|1680842|New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as Family Records, Church Records, and Civil Registration. There may be entries that cite a specific source.<br>
 
:*'''1795–1952''' {{RecordSearch|1680842|New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as Family Records, Church Records, and Civil Registration. There may be entries that cite a specific source.<br>
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'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
{{NY FHLC Vitals|339177|county=Greene}}  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newyork/greene-county/ Greene County, NY History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116552830480687209686 New York Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/210302895672550/ New York Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://www.hopefarm.com/geneatop.htm The Greene County NYGenWeb Project], an member of [[NYGenWeb|The NYGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.hopefarm.com/geneatop.htm The Greene County NYGenWeb Project], an member of [[NYGenWeb|The NYGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/greene/greene.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Greene County.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/greene/greene.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Greene County.  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/greene/greene.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Greene County. (Mirror site)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/greene/greene.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Greene County. (Mirror site)  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/NY/Greene-County.htm Greene County Genealogy]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 22:28, 10 November 2017

United States
New York
Greene County

Guide to Greene County, New York ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, military records.

This page describes sources of genealogical data about Greene County, New York Genealogy families, including links to smaller localities at the bottom of this page. New York-related pages show useful statewide sources. United States pages explain the terminology and contents of genealogical records.


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Greene County, New York
Map
Map of New York highlighting Greene County
Location in the state of New York
Map of the U.S. highlighting New York
Location of New York in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 30, 1802
County Seat Catskill
Courthouse
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Address Greene County Government
411 Main St.
PO Box 467
Catskill, NY 12414
Greene County Website


Greene County New York Historical Facts

Greene County, New York Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1800 1800


Parent County

  • Set off 25 March 1800 from Albany County.[1][2]

Neighboring Counties

Albany  • Columbia  • Delaware  • Rensselaer  • Schohaire  • Ulster

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Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating New York County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation New York County Boundary Maps" (1683-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

  • 1801: 90 square miles (Prattsville, Vly Mountain, Halcott Center, Bushneville, Highmount, Shandaken, Lanesville and Pine Hill) transferred from Delaware and Ulster counties.
  • 26 May 1812: a portion (Pine Hill, Highmount and Shandaken) was transferred back to Ulster County.
  • 15 April 1814: the county borders were re-surveyed with no change in area but Prattsville was found to be inside Greene County.
  • 23 April 1822: the border was again re-surveyed, and the Hudson River border with Columbia County realigned.
  • 3 March 1836: 30 square miles (Manorkill) lost to Schoharie County.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Greene County New York Genealogy Resources

Bible Records

  • 1581–1917 New York, Family Bible Records at Ancestry– ($); Index. Database is a collection of genealogically important records taken from the Bibles of colony and state residents. Reveals the Bible's original owner, brief record of descendants,and a particular event such as birth or marriage as recorded in Bible.

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories
Findagrave.com* Family History Library* Findagrave.com*
Interment.net* WorldCat* Tombstone Transcription Project*
Cemetery Site*   NYGenWeb Cemeteries*
New York Gravestones*   epodunk*
NYGenWeb Cemeteries*   Billion Graves*
Billion Graves*   Names in Stone*
Names in Stone*    
Linkpendium*    
Ancestry*    
   *See the New York Cemeteries page for details about each site.

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Census

For information and tips on using and accessing online census records, see New York Census.

Federal

U.S. Census Mortality Schedules for New York, 1850-1880:

  • Available online at Ancestry ($).
  • Deaths are included for the 12 months prior to the census, 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, and 1879-80 beginning 1 June and ending 31 May of the census year.[3]
  • Basic contents of the records include: Name, sex, age, color, marital status, place of birth, month of death, occupation, and cause of death. 1870 also has parents' birthplace. 1880 lists how long a resident of the county.
  • Also on FHL Films 1415128–42.
  • The 1890 Census is lost. For a substitute, see directories.
State
Source 1825 1835 1845 1855 1865 1875 1892 1905 1915 1925
Ancestry.com - - - Yes - Yes Yes - Yes Yes
Family History Library - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FamilySearch Images - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
New York State Library - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

New York State 1865 and 1875 Census Marriage, Mortality; and 1865 Soldier Mortality records:

  • Images available online at New York State Census, 1865 and New York State Census, 1875. Click on the link to go to the page, then click on the ‘Browse through images’ link and select your county, then select an ancestor's town and browse to the end of the population schedule until you find the Marriage, Mortality, and 1865 soldier mortality schedules.
  • Includes marriages and deaths for the 12 months prior to the census, ending 1 June of the census year.
  • Marriage entry content: Husband's name, wife's name, ages and previous marital status, month and day and place of marriage, and church or civil ceremony.
  • Death entry content: Name, age, sex, color, marital status, month and day of death, native state or country, occupation and cause of death.
  • 1865 deaths of officers and enlisted men entry content: Name, age, marital status, citizenship status, enlistment date, original regiment, original rank, regiment at death, rank at death, promotions, death date and place, manner of death, surviving associates, and burial place.
  • Also on microfilm. See the Family History Library line in the above State Census Chart.

Church Records

Church records are good substitutes for birth, marriage, and death information and are most often found on a local city/town or county level.  Published and manuscript church records can be found at public, university, and private libraries.

For a brief general history of denominations and a guide to finding various New York denomination's records, see New York Church Records Wiki page.

Ann Mensch's Local Catholic Church and Family History & Genealogical Research Guide is a free online resource that identifies the parishes of Greene County, years parishes were created, contact information, as well as links to online records and research tips. Greene County parishes fall under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Albany.

  • 1854-1855 - New York Baptist Union for Ministerial Education, Greene, New York, courtesy: USGenWeb Archives.
  • 1761-1867 Society of Friends. Coeymans Monthly Meeting (Orthodox)FHL film 17387 Item 2, film 17361 Item 3, film 17387 Item 1, film 17388 Item 1-2 Births and deaths 1812-1867, Marriages 1829-1867, Men's monthly meetings 1828-1867, Women's monthly meetings 1828-1861.
  • Years vary Church records of Greene County churches FHL film 37571 Includes holographic manuscripts of baptisms, 1798-1831, and marriages, 1833-1843, from Prattsville Reformed Church, baptisms, 1830-1833, marriages, 1842-1868, and members, 1830-1833, from Cairo Presbyterian Church, baptisms, 1799- 1888, and members, 1792-1888, from the First Presbyterian Church at Durham.
  • Years vary RootsWeb Church Records in Greene County.
  • 1852-1861 RootsWeb Marriages from the Journal of John Berrien Fish.
  • 1826-1901 RootsWeb First Reformed Church, Athens, NY. Baptisms and Marriages.
  • 1842-1937 RootsWeb Kiskatom Reformed Church: Baptisms 1843-1930. Marriages 1842-1937, Deaths 1848 - 1929, Members and Dismissions.
  • 1804-1844 RootsWeb The Protestant Reformed Dutch Church of Leeds in the town of Catskill, Greene County, N. Y. people who were or had been members of the Catskill baptist church.
  • 1732-1833 RootsWeb Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Catskill in the Town of Catskill, Greene County, New York: Marriage records for 1732 - 1735, 1754 - 1762, and 1798 - 1833, List of Pews and Owners Names, Baptisms 1732 - 1833, History of the Church and Pew Ownership 1733.
  • 1860-1961 RootsWeb Coeymans Methodist Church Greene County Residents (Only): Marriages.

Additional Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Greene County, New York Genealogy Church Records  in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Ancestors may have also been involved in municipal, state, or federal court cases. See also New York Court Records and United States Court Records.

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

  • Rootsweb message board for Greene County, New York Genealogy has many information threads about families that resided in that county. There is a search engine that allows you to search by surname and topic.

History

For a list of current town and county historians Click Here.

Schenectady Digital History Archive includes "Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: Index to Families" includes people from Greene County.

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See New York Land and Property for more details, especially about the papers generated in New York State by large speculative land companies.

Original land records in Greene County, New York Genealogy began in [?dateyear?]. These records are housed at the [?repository?] in [?town?].

Online

Microforms


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Books

Additional land records can sometimes be found using these catalogs:

Additional resources

Additional resources for Greene County, New York Genealogy land records may be found in the Greene County, New York Genealogy – Land Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche may be available for viewing at various Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps

Migration

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Migration routes for early European settlers to and from Greene County, New York Genealogy included:[4]

Military

Civil War

Town registers. The New York town clerks kept a bound register of all soldiers from their town serving in the Civil War 1861-1865. Registers are arranged by county, and town. Some town registers are missing. The registers include an index at the start of each town.

Content. Many register entries include full name, residence, date and place of birth, parents names, marital status, date of enlistment and muster and rank, discharges, death, or promotion.

Access. The original registers are at the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. Microfilm copies are found at the Family History Library (FHL Film 1993401-37). They are also indexed and available at Ancestry.com ($).

Available towns. Registers are available for: Ashland · Athens · Cairo · Catskill · Coxsackie · Durham · Greenville · Halcott · Hunter · Jewett · Lexington · New Baltimore · Prattsville · Windham.

Regiments. Service men in Greene County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.[25]

- 25th Regiment, New York Cavalry, Company A
- 65th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company B
- 120th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies D, F and K
- 156th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company C

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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 Greene County, New York Genealogy newspaper images:

  • Catskill NY Recorder 1805-1951
  • Catskill NY Western Constellation 1800-1805

Obituaries

Periodicals

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Probate Records

Probate records including original estates and wills for New York are held in the office of the county Surrogate Court beginning in 1787, or when the county was formed. Prior to 1787, most are housed at the New York State Archives. See New York Probate Records for more information about using probate records.
Content:  Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types:  Wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distribution.

Probate Petitions

In 1830, state law required the Surrogate Court clerk to issue a probate petition for a deceased individual with property. This petition, unique to New York, usually lists the deceased's death date. It also lists the heirs, their relationship to the deceased, and their residence. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 479. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004. Henry B. Hoff, "Navigating New York Probate," American Ancestors 12 (Fall 2011): 57.


These petitions are often found in the estate files and can be obtained from the county Surrogate Court.



The petitions for Greene County, New York Genealogy are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers:

Online Probate Indexes

Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Greene County, New York Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:

Repositories

Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Greene County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1988). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.737 A3g. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

There are eight public libraries in Greene County New York and one branch library. They belong to the Mid-Hudson Library System that serves the communities of Columbia, Duchess, Greene, Putnam, and Ulster Counties. They share a catalog that includes a sizable collection of Genealogical materials. The shared catalog is found on the library systems main page. For information on the individual libraries in Greene County, click here.

County Historian's Office

Greene County Historian
David Dorpfeld
71 Sutton Place
Coxsackie, NY 12051
Telephone: (518) 320-8545

The County Historian may provide access to obituaries, vital records, church records, maps, and family files or journals. Some historians provide search services for their office records and others may refer you to local genealogists who research in the area.

Courthouses

The Greene County Clerk's office has marriage, divorce, court and land records. The Surrogate Court has probate records. For further information about where the records for Greene County are held, see the Greene County Courthouse page.

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Greene County, New York Genealogy is the Kingston New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Museum

Durham Center Museum (open by appointment)
Route 145,
P.O. Box 192
East Durham, NY 12423
Phone: (518) 239-8461 or (518)239-4081
Email: DurhamCenterMu@aol.com
The museum has two major collections of records known as the Rossi records and the Staats records. They also have cemetery records, family Bibles, family files, church records, Scrapbooks, local history books, board of supervisor’s rolls, assessment rolls, genealogical newsletters, pictures, maps and more. Records focus on Green, Albany, and Columbia Counties.

Societies

Capital District Genealogical Society[27]
Empire State Plaza Station
PO Box 2175
Albany, NY 12220-0175

Counties served: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Washington.
$3 for non-member queries in their newsletter. Monthly meetings. They staff a genealogy support desk at the Town of Colonie Library.

Central New York Genealogical Society[28]
Box 104, Calvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205
E-mail: CNYSG@yahoo.com

  • Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publication: Tree Talks (At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 B2t) quarterly with annual index in which you can search for people by county..
    Counties served: Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Oreleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Washington, Wayne, Warren, Wyoming, and Yates.

Greene County Historical Society
PO Box 44
90 County Route 42
Coxsackie, NY 12051
Phone: (518) 731-6490
Bronck Museum Email: gchsbm@mhcable.com
Vedder Research Library Email: gchsvl@mhcable.com

  • The  Society's focus is historical matter relating to Greene County in particular and New York State in general.They collectand preserve historical records, documents, books, paper maps, manuscripts, letters, journals, relics and things which may establish or illustrate the history, growth and progress of the County of Greene and its surroundings.
  • The Vedder Research Library of the Society has a non-circulating collection containing historical and genealogical material and publishes a quarterly Journal for Society members.
    Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Saturday 9 AM to noon.


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Town Records

Town records in New York may include early births, marriages, deaths, divorces, local histories, selected military records, and town meeting minutes. Vital records from 1880/1882 are kept by town and village clerks, although some (Kent’s and Putnam Valley’s) are available in the County Historian’s Office. For further details, try the links to individual town Wiki pages found in Places. See also:

The County Archives has the following records:

  • 031 Petitions, Licenses, and recognizance to sell liquor (Tavern licenses) 1813-1878
  • 139 Monthly Reports of Hunting and fishing licenses, 1908-1938
  • 165 Certificates of Qualifications as Examiner in Lunacy, 1883-1947

Vital Records

Vital records of birth, marriage or death were first recorded at the local level in the village clerk, town clerk, or city clerk’s ledger book. If you know where a birth, marriage or death took place, a copy of the certificate or record may be obtained by writing to the town, village or city clerk. See also How to order New York Vital Records or order electronically online.

See the heading Places on this wiki page for links to local community wiki pages and their available records. See New York Vital Records for a discussion about beginning dates and availability of vital records in New York.

Use substitute records for birth, marriage, and death information. These substitute records include Bible Records, Cemeteries, Church Records, Newspapers, and Probate Records.

Birth

Early births were recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) The New York State Department of Health (state level) began recording births in 1881. Births were not recorded on the county level.

Birth Substitutes

  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men who Served in the Civil War in the Civil War section of Military for birth information.
Marriage

Early marriages were sometimes recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. In 1880, town clerks were to record the marriage and a copy was sent to the New York State Department of Health (state level). Town clerks continue to record marriages. The marriages in this county were recorded by the county clerk from 1900 until 1935.[29]

Marriage Substitutes

  • 1800–1855 New York Marriage Notices at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage notices published in newspapers around the state. Contains name of bride and groom, marriage date, marriage location, residence, and newspaper found in.
  • 1864-5, 1874-5 See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for marriage information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.
Divorce

Pre–1787

All divorces were granted by the governor or legislature and were very rare.

1787–1847

All divorces were granted by the court of chancery. These records are found in the New York State Archives or for the New York City area at the New York County Clerk's office.These divorces were granted only on the grounds of adultery.

1847–present

All divorces are handled by the county Supreme Court where the divorce was granted. Divorce files in New York are sealed for 100 years. Contact the County Clerk for information about divorce records.

Divorce judgment papers often include date and place of the marriage and the names and birthdates of any children. Local newspapers may publish notices of divorce actions.

Death

Early deaths were recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) The New York State Department of Health (state level) began recording deaths in 1881. Deaths were not recorded on the county level.

Death Indexes

Death Substitutes

  • 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of Census for death information.
  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War in the Civil War section of Military for death information.
  • 1864-5, 1874-5 See Mortality Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for death information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Greene County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Greene– Vital Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Voting Registers

Greene County New York Places

Greene County New York Genealogy Websites

Greene County New York Genealogy References

  1. https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Albany_County,_New_York
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 489. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Arlene Eakle, and Johni Cerni, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1984), 103. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27ts.
  4. Handybook, 847-61.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. List of turnpikes in New York in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 6 November 2014).
  9. 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.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Almira E Morgan, The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. Online digital copy.
  11. 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.
  12. Huntting, 97-99.
  13. List of turnpikes in New York in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 1 November 2014).
  14. Anastassia Zinke, The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History in Catskill Mountain Foundation (accessed 1 November 2014).
  15. Joan Odess, The Susquehanna Turnpike (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).
  16. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 186-88.
  17. Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 348-49.
  18. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 203-205.
  19. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 166-67.
  20. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 76-78.
  21. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 79-80.
  22. Handybook, 851.
  23. Bethlehem Pike in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 17 November 2014).
  24. Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 363-64.
  25. Frederick Phisterer, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912). Internet Archive digital copy; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 1486494-96; Fiche 6083559-64; Book 974.7 M2p.
  26. About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.
  27. Capital District Genealogical Society (Internet site) at http://www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org/index.html (accessed 31 October 2011).
  28. Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).
  29. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 488-493. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.