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Greene County, New York Facts

Greene County

When was Greene County, NY Created?
Greene County was created on March 25, 1800 from Ulster County and Albany County. This particular county was named in honor of Nathanael Greene (1742–1786), the American Revolutionary War general .

What is the County Seat of Greene County, NY?
The County Seat is located in Catskill and in addition the county government website is greenegovernment.com/

What counties are adjacent to Greene County, NY?
Bordering Counties are Albany County (north), Rensselaer County (northeast), Columbia County (east), Ulster County (southwest), Delaware County (west), Schoharie County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Greene County, NY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ashland (town), Athens (town), Athens (village), Cairo (town), Catskill (village), Catskill (town), Coxsackie (village), Coxsackie (town), Durham (town), Greenville (town), Halcott (town), Hunter (town), Hunter (village), Jefferson Heights, Jewett (town), Leeds, Lexington (town), New Baltimore (town), Palenville, Prattsville (town), Tannersville (village), Windham (town).


Greene County, NY Vital Records

Where can find Greene County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Greene County vital records can be found at the New York Department of Health which has copies of birth records after 1881 and death records after 1880, copies of marriage since 1881 (A marriage license may also sometimes be found in the office of the town or city clerk who issued the license) and a Divorce records since 1847 (Is handled in the supreme court for the county in which the divorce was heard. Divorce files, however, are sealed for one hundred years). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in New York for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Greene County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for New York Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.


Greene County, NY Census Records

What Greene County, NY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Greene County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Greene Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Greene Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Greene Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.

There are New York State censuses from 1880, 1892, 1905, 1855, 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, 1925. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also New York Census Records Research Guide


Greene County, NY Courthouse and Government Records


Greene County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Greene County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Greene County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also New York Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Greene County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 411 Main St., PO Box 467, Catskill, NY 12414
    • Also contact local Town Clerks. They are responsible for vast amounts of local information from deeds, property transfers, and genealogical materials. Research on place and road names, the history of property transfers and much more are available through your Town Clerk. They are a tremendous resources.
  • Greene County Clerk  is the keeper of most civil and criminal trial court records for Supreme Court and County Court, naturalizations, marriages (1908–35), censuses (Some county clerks' offices hold duplicate copies of some of the State censuses taken periodically between 1825 and 1925 and copies of the federal census), as well as deeds and mortgages.
    • Phone: 518-719-3255
    • Land Records: 1800 (Land conveyances, deeds and mortgages are recorded in the county clerks' offices or in the New York City Register's Office. Recording of deeds became mandatory statewide in 1840. Before that many deeds were not recorded)
    • Court Records: 1800
    • Naturalization Records: State court naturalization records remain in custody of the county clerks. Older court naturalization records have been transferred to the National Archives--Northeast Region.
  • Greene County Surrogate Court Clerk maintain records of wills, letters testamentary, letters of administration, orders and decrees, and appointments of guardians; and filed papers, including original wills, petitions for probate (gives date of death and lists next of kin), performance bonds, property inventories (seldom found after ca. 1900), administrator's or executor's accountings, etc. Surrogate's Courts create comprehensive indexes to records and files.
    • Address: 320 Main Street, Catskill, N.Y. 12414
    • Phone: (518) 444-8750
    • Probate Records: 1803 (each county generally has records dating back to the establishment of the county or 1787, whichever was later. Record keeping was systematized by an 1830 statute)
  • Greene County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
  • Greene County Historian maintains archival holdings for virtually every facet of the county’s history. In New York State, every municipality (town, city, village, county) must have an appointed historian. Most of the towns have their own historians as well and each can be contacted. 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.
    • Address: 138 Beecher Road, Coxsackie, NY 12051
    • Phone: (518) 731-6822 or 731-1033
  • Abstract of wills of Greene County, New York
  • New York Wills, 1626-1836
  • BLM Land Records

Greene County, NY Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Greene County, NY?
A list of Greene County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide New York Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

  • Greene County Historical Society, PO Box 44, 90 County Route 42, Coxsackie, NY 12051, Phone: (518) 731-6490; They collect and 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.
  • Capital District Genealogical Society, Empire State Plaza Station, PO Box 2175, Albany, NY 12220-0175
  • Central New York Genealogical Society, Box 104, Calvin Station , Syracuse, New York 13205; Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publication: Tree Talks quarterly with annual index in which you can search for people by county.
  • Mid-Hudson Library System
  • Durham Center Museum, Route 145, , P.O. Box 192 , East Durham, NY 12423, Phone: (518) 239-8461 or (518)239-4081; 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.
  • New York State Archives and Records Administration, 11th Floor, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230; (518) 474-8955
  • New York State Library, Cultural Education Center, 7th Floor, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 122 East 58th Street, New York, New York 10022-1939
  • New York State Historical Association, West Lake Road, P.O. Box 800, Cooperstown, New York, 13326-0800

Where can I connect with other Greene County, NY Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Greene County, NY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Greene County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is simply a listing that has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Greene Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Greene Co. NY Cemeteries & Church Records

Greene Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Greene Co. NY General and History Websites

Greene Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization

Greene Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Greene Co. NY Military Records

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