Troy, Rensselaer County, New York Genealogy

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Troy, New York
Map of New York highlighting Rensselaer County
Rensselaer County's location in the state of New York
Founded 1765
Seat Troy



Elmwood Hill Cemetery

Nail Factory Cemetery FHLC

New Mount Ida

Oakwood Cemetery Oakwood Cemetery in Troy is the 10th largest cemetery in the United States containing about 60,000 graves. Records from 1851-1873 and 1897-1903 have been transcribed so far.

  • Index to interments, books of interments, plot books FHLC

Old Lansingburgh Cemetery

Inscriptions from Lansingburgh Cemetery FHLC

Old Mount Ida Cemetery

  • Troy Burial Records Burial records for all people who died and were buried in Troy, New York 1833-1891 and 1919-1928.

Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery

Catholic Cemeteries

  • St Peter’s Cemetery FHLC
  • St John’s Cemetery (518) 463-0134

Formerly the parish cemetery of St. Augustine Church, Lansingburgh Cemetery Road, Troy FHLC

  • St. Jean de Baptiste Cemetery

Formerly the parish cemetery of St. Jean de Baptiste, Troy 968 Spring Avenue Extension, Troy, NY 12180 Phone (518) 463-0134

  • St Mary’s Cemetery (518) 463-0134 FHLC
  • Saint Augustine's Catholic Cemetery, 25 115th Street, Troy, NY 92182 Phone (518) 235-3861‎

Saint Nicholas's Ukrainian Cemetery

The cemetery is located in Watervliet. This is the cemetery for the Saint Nicholas's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY 12180 (518)-274-5482

Vital records, obituaries, and tombstone inscriptions in Troy newspapers FHLC

Vital records of Rensselaer County, New York-deaths, 1847-1851 FHLC

Cemetery inscriptions and epitaphs from Troy and elsewhere in Rensselaer County, New York FHLC

Church Records

City Records

To locate additional published and transcribed records for Troy, Rensselaer 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.


  • Times Record (Troy, N.Y.). 1943-1977. Indexed and searchable at Ancestry ($).
  • Troy Record. 1943-1977. Indexed and searchable at Ancestry ($).


Archives, Libraries and Museums

The following have good local history collections:

  • Emma Willard School Archives
    Emma Willard School
    285 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180
    Phone: (518) 833-1300
    Fax: (518) 833-1815
    The Archive collects records about the Emma Willard School (formerly the Troy Female Seminary) dating back to 1814.
  • Russell Sage College Archives
    65 1st St
    Troy, New York
    Phone: (518) 244-2217
    Russell Sage College is a comprehensive college for women.

Hart-Cluett House Museum is run by the Rensselaer County Historical Society (see below).
Phone: 518-244-6846


Rensselaer County Historical Society
57 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: 518-272-7232
Fax: 518-273-1264

Research Library of the Rensselaer County Historical Society has diaries, city directories, county histories, family histories, town and village histories, photographs, etc. 

City Clerk

City Clerk's Office, Marriage License
1776 Sixth Avenue
Troy, New York 12180
Phone: 518-279-713
This site includes a list of the Marriage Officiants by town hall with phone numbers.

Genealogy Search
The City Clerk’s office will do genealogy searches for marriages only. For birth or death records, contact the Office of Vital Records at (518) 279-7309.[1]

Marriage Records at the City Clerk's Office date back to November of 1881. An application must be filled out and accompanied by a check for $22.00 for each search payable to the Troy City Clerk. Mail the application and payment to the City Clerk’s office or drop it off at the Clerk’s office. Most searches will be done within one week.[2] (as of 15 December 2011)

City Historian

Troy has no City Historian.[3]
The Troy Bureau of Vital Statistics has birth and death records from 1876.
Troy City Clerk (see above) has marriage records from about 1876.

Vital Records

The Troy government website offers advice on ordering birth and death records.


Marriage Substitute


Death Substitute


  1. Troy, NY. Permits and Licenses. Marriage License, (accessed 15 December 2011).
  2. Troy, NY. Permits and Licenses. Marriage License, (accessed 15 December 2011).
  3. USGenWeb Project. Rensselaer County Municipal Historians, (accessed 15 December 2011).