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Hamilton County, New York

Hamilton County

Hamilton County was created on February 21, 1816 from Montgomery County. This particular county was named in honor of Alexander Hamilton (1755–1804), the early American political theorist and first Secretary of the Treasury.

The Hamilton County Seat can be found in Lake Pleasant and in addition the county government website is

Regions neighboring Hamilton County include Franklin County (northeast), Essex County (northeast), Warren County (east), Saratoga County (southeast), Fulton County (south), Herkimer County (west), St. Lawrence County (northwest).

Cities and Towns to be found in Hamilton County consists of Arietta (town), Benson (town), Hope (town), Indian Lake (town), Inlet (town), Lake Pleasant (town), Lake Pleasant, Long Lake (town), Raquette Lake (village), Morehouse (town), Speculator (village), Wells (town).

Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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.

Hamilton County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in looking into your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules are present for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Hamilton Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hamilton Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hamilton Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.

Hamilton County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Hamilton County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Hamilton County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently overlook the significance of Hamilton County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in New York courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the aspirations and worries of the many New York men and women.

The possibilities are excellent that your particular ancestors and forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of factors of their lives in the Hamilton County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Hamilton county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Hamilton remained attached to Montgomery County until 1838 and then briefly to Fulton County. Earlier surrogates’ records are evidently in Montgomery, Fulton, and St. Lawrence counties.

Please make sure to contact the clerk's office to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or inquiring information because of occasionally changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A good number of staff will help people in locating the resources, however it is up to the person to carry out the research.
  • Hamilton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: County Office Building, Rt. 8, Lake Pleasant, NY 12108
    • 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.
  • Hamilton 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: 518-548-7111
    • Land Records: 1797 (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: 1797
    • 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.
  • Hamilton 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: 179 White Birch Lane, P.O. Box 780, Indian Lake, NY 12842
    • Phone: 518-648-5411
    • Probate Records: 1861 (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)
  • Hamilton County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
  • Hamilton 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: 102 County View Drive, P.O. Box 205, Lake Pleasant, N.Y. 12108
    • Phone: 518-548-5526

Hamilton County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Hamilton 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. Feel free to suggest your own favorite Hamilton County genealogy or family history related sites.

Hamilton Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hamilton Co. NY Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hamilton Co. NY Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hamilton Co. NY Census Records

Hamilton Co. NY Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hamilton Co. NY Church & Bible Records

Hamilton Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hamilton Co. NY General and History Websites

Hamilton Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization

Hamilton Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hamilton Co. NY Military Records

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