Staten Island Borough, New York Genealogy

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This page describes sources of genealogical data about Staten Island Borough, 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.

Officially, the Borough of Staten Island is one of five boroughs of greater New York City since 1898. Richmond County was coterminous with the Borough of Richmond (meaning they had identical borders). In 1975 the Borough of Richmond was officially renamed the Borough of Staten Island.

Richmond County, New York
Map of New York highlighting Richmond County
Location in the state of New York
Map of the U.S. highlighting New York
Location of New York in the U.S.
Founded November 1, 1683
County Seat
Richmond County Courthouse.jpg
Address 100 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Richmond County Clerk

Historical Facts

Parent County

[[Image:Template:NYStatenIslandMap]]1683 Richmond County (later the Borough of Staten Island) was created an original county from the West Riding of Yorkshire in the Province of New York, earlier part of New Netherland.[1] [2]

Neighboring Counties

Kings (Brooklyn) | New York (Manhattan) | Queens | New Jersey counties: Essex | Hudson | Middlesex | Monmouth | Union[3]

Boundary Changes

1664 Yorkshire became the first large government unit (not actually a county) organized by New York after the English took control from the Netherlands. It was divided into three ridings including West Riding (Staten Island, Brooklyn, and modern Elmhurst in Queens).[1] [2]
1683 New York extinguished Yorkshire, creating Richmond County from part of Yorkshire.[1] [2]
1687 Administrative divisions were started which eventually evolved into townships. [4]
1898 The five boroughs were consolidated into New York City, and her county governments were dissolved. Staten Island joined New York City as the Borough of Richmond. [5]
1975 The Borough of Richmond was officially renamed the Borough of Staten Island. [4]

Record Loss


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.


Business Records and Commerce


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

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


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

  • The 1890 Census is lost. For a substitute, see Directories.

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.[6]
  • 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.
Source 1825 1835 1845 1855 1865 1875 1892 1905 1915 1925
Family History Library - - - Yes Yes Yes - - Yes Yes Index
FamilySearch Historical Records - - - - Yes Yes - - - -
New York State Library - - - 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.

  • to 1899 - Records of Burials in the Dutch Church, New York. New York, USA: Reformed Dutch Church, 1899. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1688-1804 - Registers of the Births, Marriages, and Deaths of the "Eglise Françoise à la Nouvelle York" : from 1688 to 1804. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1968. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1696-1790 - Port Richmond Reformed Dutch Church Baptisms 1696-1790, courtesy: NYGenWeb; Ancestral Things
  • 1696-1828 - Wright, Tobias Alexander, ed. Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond. New York, USA: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1909. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive; World Vital Records ($); another World Vital Records ($) version. Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond baptisms 1696-1772; United Brethren Congregation births/baptisms 1749-1853, marriages 1764-1863, deaths/burials 1758-1828; St. Andrews Church at Richmond births/baptisms 1752-1795, marriages 1754-1808.[7]
  • 1764-1863 - Staten Island - Moravian Church, Marriages 1764-1863, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
  • 1790-1811 - Staten Island Dutch Reformed Church Marriages 1790-1811, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
  • 1823-1871 - Vosburgh, Royden Woodward. Records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y. 2 vols. 1922. Digital version at NYGenWeb (partial). Baptisms and births 1823-1854; marriages 1824-1854; members 1823-1854; church officers 1848-1858; members 1854-1871; marriages 1852-1871.

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


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Jewish Records

The Museum of Family History has compiled a list of synagogues that operated in Richmond (Staten Island). Synagogue names and addresses are included.[8]

Land and Property

Additional resources

Additional resources for Staten Island Borough, New York Genealogy land records may be found in the Staten Island Borough, 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.



Early migration routes to and from Staten Island Borough, New York Genealogy for settlers included:[9]


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 ($).

Available towns. Registers are available for: Southfield.

Regiments. Service men in Richmond County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.[10]

- 132nd Regiment, New York Infantry
- 145th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 191st Regiment, New York Infantry

Naturalization and Citizenship

Italian Genealogical Group  offers free indexes to the following:

  • Petitions: 1898-1903, 1907-1959
  • Declarations: 1906-1953, 1957
  • Military: 1918, 1919, 1921-1924
  • Intentions: 1883 - 1898

The Family History Library has also acquired this comprehensive index for the years 1792 through 1906 on microfilm: FHL Film 1419807 (1st of 294 films). The courts this index covers are:

  • City Court of Brooklyn, 1836-1894
  • Kings County Court, 1806-1906
  • New York City Marine Court, 1806-1849
  • New York County Common Pleas Court, 1792-1895
  • New York County Superior Court, 1828-1895
  • New York City and County Supreme Court, 1868-1906
  • Queens County Court, 1799-1906
  • Queens County Surrogate Court, 1888-1898
  • Richmond County Court, 1869-1906
  • U.S. Circuit Court Southern District, 1846-1876
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District, (Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties), 1865-1906
  • U.S. District Court Southern Court Southern District, (New York, Bronx and also Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Richmond, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchester counties), 1824-1906[11]




Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Probate Records

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.

Online Resources

  • 1787-1847 - SAMPUBCO Browsable index of testators of wills.


Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Richmond County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1985). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.726 A3g. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums

College of Staten Island (CUNY)[13]
Archives and Special Collections
Library, 1L-216
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, New York 10314
Phone 718-982-4128
Fax: 718-982-4127

Richmondtown Library
New York Public Library
200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.)
Staten Island, New York 10306
Other public libraries in Staten Island

Staten Island Museum[13]
aka Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences
History Library and Archives
75 Stuyvesant Place
Staten Island, New York 10301
Phone: 718-727-1135 ext. 122, archivist
Dorothy D'Eletto, Archivist/Researcher

Wagner College[13]
The Horrmann Library
1 Campus Road
Staten Island, New York 10301
Phone: 718-390-3401

  • Archives of the Metropolitan New York Synod
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, dating from 1786
  • College archives
Borough Registrar

New York City Registrar
Borough of Staten Island[13]
Staten Island Business Center
350 St. Marks Place
Staten Island, New York 10457

  • Official record of real estate and personal property transfers, recording deeds and mortgages
City Clerk's Office

City Clerk's Office
Borough Administrator
Robin Aryakia[13]
Staten Island Office
Borough Hall Building
10 Richmond Terrace, Third Floor, Room 311
Staten Island, New York 10301
Phone: 718-816-2290

  • Marriages from 1866 to 1907
  • After 1907 if bride's residence or licenses of nonresidents was obtained in Staten Island
County Historian

Richmond County Historian[13]
10 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, New York 10301-1903
Richard B. Dickenson


The Richmond (Staten Island) County Clerk's office land records; the Surrogate Court has probate records; and the County Health Department has marriage and death records. For further information about where the records for Richmond County are held, see the Richmond (Staten Island) County Courthouses page.

Family History Centers

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 Staten Island Borough, New York Genealogy is the Staten Island New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.


Sandy Ground Historical Society[13]
1538 Woodrow Road
Staten Island, New York 10309
Phone: 718-317-5796

  • contains "largest documentary collection of African-American culture and history of Staten Island"

Staten Island Historical Society[13]
Historic Richmond Town
411 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10306-1198
Phone: 718-351-1611
Fax: 718-351-6057

Quarter publication: Richmondtown Restoration: Newsletter of the Staten Island Historical Society, Staten Island Historian

Tottenville Historical Society[13]
PO Box 70185
Staten Island, New York 10307-0185
Phone: 646-291-7005

  • They provide research services in their library and off-site at local repositories for a fee. They accept requests through mail or email. For more information.
Social Groups Online


  • 1699–1734 Tax assesment rolls New York Public Library; Family History Library's Film 484033. These rolls are a great finding aid to locate someone that was a city resident and finding the ward they belonged to; includes renters and owners. There is a break in the years from 1710 to 1720. The rolls from 1721 to 1734 include Queens, Richmond, and Westchester as well as New York City. [14]

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.

  • Dickenson, Richard and Julie Moody Ojelade. Afro-American Vital Records and 20th Century Abstracts Richmond County Staten Island 1915 and 1925 New York State Census Records. Staten Island, New York: Sandy Ground Historical Society, c1985. FHL Book 974.726 F2d.

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.

A digital version of the Family History Library's guide to New York City birth records is available online.

Birth Substitutes


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 {{{1}}} until {{{2}}}.[15]

A digital version of the Family History Library's guide to New York City marriages is available online.

Marriage Substitutes


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


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.


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.


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.

A digital version of the Family History Library's guide to New York City death records is available online.

Death Substitutes

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Richmond County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Richmond– 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




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kathryn Ford Thorne, New York Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993), 157. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 E7t.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wikipedia contributors, "York Shire (Province of New York)" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 7 January 2012). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "YCNY" defined multiple times with different content
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 478. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wikipedia contributors, "Staten Island" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 16 December 2011).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Borough (New York City)" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 16 December 2011).
  6. 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.
  7. Staten Island, New York Church Records, 1749-1828, Ancestry, (accessed 17 November 2011).
  8. "Former Synagogues of NYC," UpFront with NGS: Blog of the National Genealogical Society,, accessed 29 December 2011.
  9. Handybook, 847-61.
  10. 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.
  11. Family History Library Catalog, FamilySearch, accessed 6 December 2011,
  12. About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011,
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 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), 462. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009.
  14. Harry Macy Jr., “New York City Assessment Rolls 1699-1734”,The NYGB Newsletter 3(Fall 1996): 26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.71 D25n v.7 Updated version at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society on the Society’s Website. This is listed under “Research Aid Articles”.
  15. 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.