Montgomery County, New York
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Montgomery County, New York Facts
When was Montgomery County, NY Created?
Montgomery County was created on March 12, 1772 from Albany County (Origianall called Tryon County, renamed in 1784). This particular county was originally named after Tryon County after colonial governor William Tryon (1729–1788), renamed after the American Revolutionary War generalRichard Montgomery (1738–1775) in 1784 .
What is the County Seat of Montgomery County, NY?
The County Seat is located in Fonda and in addition the county government website is www.co.montgomery.ny.us/
What counties are adjacent to Montgomery County, NY?
Bordering Counties are Fulton County (north), Saratoga County (east), Schenectady County (east), Schoharie County (south), Otsego County (southwest), Herkimer County (west).
What cities and towns are in Montgomery County, NY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ames (village), Amsterdam (city), Amsterdam (town), Canajoharie (town), Canajoharie (village), Charleston (town), Florida (town), Fonda (village), Fort Johnson (village), Fort Plain (village), Fultonville (village), Glen (town), Hagaman (village), Minden (town), Mohawk (town), Nelliston (village), Palatine Bridge (village), Palatine (town), Root (town), St. Johnsville (town), St. Johnsville (village) .
Montgomery County, NY Vital Records
Where can find Montgomery County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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.
- U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- Social Security Death Index
- USGenweb Archives New York Marriage Project
- 10,000 Vital Records of Eastern New York, 1777-1834
- 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York, 1813-1850
- 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York, 1809-1850
- New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962
- New York Marriages to 1784
- New York, County Marriages, 1908-1935
- New York Marriages, 1600-1784
- New York Marriages, 1686-1980
- New York Marriage Notices, 1800-55
- Marriages copied from the Rural repository
- New York, Marriage Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1880 (Barber Collection)
- Names of persons for whom marriage licenses were issued by the secretary of the province of New York, previous to 1784
- New York, Death Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1890 (Barber Collection)
- New York City Deaths, 1814-16
- New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952
Montgomery County, NY Census Records
What Montgomery County, NY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Montgomery County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Montgomery Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Montgomery Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Montgomery 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
Montgomery County, NY Courthouse and Government Records
Montgomery County Courthouse
What genealogical records can I find in the Montgomery County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Montgomery County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also New York Corthouse Records Research Guide.
PLEASE READ FIRST!!! Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will guide individuals in locating the materials, however it's up to the person to carry out the research.
- Montgomery County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 9 Park Street, Old Courthouse, Fonda, NY 12068
- 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.
- Montgomery 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: 518-853-8111
- Land Records: 1777 (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: 1777
- 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.
- Montgomery 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: 58 Broadway, Fonda, NY 12068
- Phone: (518) 853-8108
- Probate Records: 1787 (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)
- Montgomery County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
- Montgomery 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.
- New York Wills, 1626-1836
- BLM Land Records
Montgomery County, NY Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Montgomery County, NY?
A list of Montgomery County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide New York Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Central New York Genealogical Society, P.O.Box 104, Colvin Station, Syracuse, NY 13205
- Capital District Genealogical Society, Empire State Plaza Station, PO Box 2175, Albany, NY 12220-0175
- Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley, 366 West Main Street, Route 5, Amsterdam, New York 12010, Phone: 518-843-5151
- Noteworthy Indian Museum, 2 Prospect Street, Amsterdam, New York 12010, Phone: 518-843-4761
- Old Fort Johnson, Phone: 518-843-0300,
- Montgomery County Department of History and Archives, Old Court House, P.O. Box 1500, Fonda, NY 12068-1500, 518-853-8187; Genealogical resources: Family Files Surnames are identified online. Local histories, biographies, cemetery records, compiled genealogies, land records, newspapers, city directories, gazetteers, vital records, church, census, and military records.
- Margaret Reaney Memorial Library and Museum, 19 Kingsbury Ave., St. Johnsville, NY 13452, 518-568-7822; Genealogical resources: Family Bibles, maps, biographies, surname files, obituaries, censuses, cemetery, marriage, military, church records. City directories, county histories, compiled genealogies, and manuscripts. Great place to study Palatine Germans who settled the Mohawk Valley.
- 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 Montgomery County, NY Researchers through message boards and forums?
What other genealogical resources are available in Montgomery County, NY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Montgomery 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.
Montgomery Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications
Montgomery Co. NY Cemeteries & Church Records
- New York Cemetery Research Guide (raogk.org)
- Montgomery Co., New York Graves (findagrave.com)
- Montgomery County Tombstone Transcription Project (usgwtombstones.org)
- Montgomery Co., New York Cemeteries (Internment.net)
- Montgomery Co., New York Cemetery Books (amazon.com)
- New York Church & Bible Research Guide (raogk.org)
- German Reformed Church of Montgomery, Orange County, New York (search.ancestry.com)
- Records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Caughnawaga : now the Reformed Church of Fonda, in the village of Fonda, Mon (search.ancestry.com)
- Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Stone Arabia : in the town of Palatine, Montgomery County, N.Y. (search.ancestry.com)
- Records of the Dutch Reformed Saint John's Church : in the town of St. Johnsville, Montgomery County, N.Y. (search.ancestry.com)
- Records of marriages and baptisms of the Rev. James Dempster (search.ancestry.com)
- Register of baptisms, marriages, communicants, & funerals begun by Henry Barclay at Fort Hunter, January 26th, 1734 /5 : regist (search.ancestry.com)
- Directory, First [sic] Ave. Methodist Episcopal Church (search.ancestry.com)
- Fort Plain Reformed Church records (search.ancestry.com)
- Fonda church records (search.ancestry.com)
- New York, Family Bible Records, 1581-1917 (search.ancestry.com)
- Montgomery County, New York Church Books (amazon.com)
Montgomery Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Montgomery Co. NY General and History Websites
Montgomery Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization
Montgomery Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Montgomery Co. NY Military Records
Montgomery Co. NY Schools & Directories