State of New York
County & City Government Records

New York Court records include a wide variety of genealogy subjects that could guide you with your research, for example land ownership, courts, taxes, and naturalizations. Since New York court records cover a wide selection of subjects, they can help you in many various ways. For instance, they may assist you to find ancestors' residences, establish occupations, discover financial information, confirm citizenship status, or make clear relationships between people. The whole thing will depend on on the type of court records that your particular ancestors" names can be found in. For Definitions of all court trems see the Genealogy Encyclopedia.

New York County records change greatly from county to county in both level of quality and volume. There are four types of court records that are most likely to have information and facts useful in your genealogical research.

New York is divided into 62  counties. Each county serves as the local level of government within its borders. The original twelve counties were created immediately after the British takeover of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, although two of these counties have since been abolished. Five of New York's counties are coterminous with the five boroughs of New York City and do not have functioning county governments, except for a few borough officials. New York City is considered the county seat of these five counties: New York County (Manhattan), Kings County (Brooklyn), Bronx County (The Bronx), Richmond County (Staten Island), and Queens County (Queens). 

This list of county and city government links is limited to government-maintained websites. If you know of a New York county that has an official government web site but is not linked, or if the link is in error, please send us an email so we may edit our database. New York State Government is located in Albany.

State of New York County & City Government Links
County Seat
County Seat
Albany Albany Niagara Lockport
Allegany Belmont Oneida Utica
Bronx New York City Onondaga Syracuse
Broome Binghamton Ontario Canandaigua
Cattaraugus Little Valley Orange Goshen
Cayuga Auburn Orleans Albion
Chautauqua Mayville Oswego Oswego
Chemung Elmira Otsego Cooperstown
Chenango Norwich Putnam Carmel
Clinton Plattsburgh Queens New York City
Columbia Hudson Rensselaer Troy
Cortland Cortland Richmond New York City
Delaware Delhi Rockland New City
Dutchess Poughkeepsie Saratoga Canton
Erie Buffalo Schenectady Ballston Spa
Essex Elizabethtown Schoharie Schenectady
Franklin Malone Schuyler Schoharie
Fulton Johnstown Seneca Watkins Glen
Genesee Batavia St Lawrence Ovid / Waterloo
Greene Catskill Steuben Bath
Hamilton Lake Pleasant Suffolk Riverhead
Herkimer Herkimer Sullivan Monticello
Jefferson Watertown Tioga Owego
Kings New York City Tompkins Ithaca
Lewis Lowville Ulster Kingston
Livingston Geneseo Warren Queensbury
Madison Wampsville Washington Fort Edward
Monroe Rochester Wayne Lyons
Montgomery Fonda Westchester White Plains
Nassau Mineola Wyoming Warsaw
New York New York City Yates Penn Yan
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