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Queens County, New York
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Queens County, New York Facts

When was Queens County, NY Created?
Queens County was created on November 01, 1683 as one of 12 original counties created in the New York colony. This particular county was named in honor of Catherine of Braganza (1638–1705), Queen of England and wife of King Charles II of England.

What is the County Seat of Queens County, NY?
The County Seat is located in New York City / Borough of Queens and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Queens County, NY?
Bordering Counties are Bronx County (north), Nassau County (east), New York County (west), Kings County (west).

What cities and towns are in Queens County, NY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Arverne, Astoria, Astoria Heights, Auburndale, Bay Terrace, Bayside, Bayswater, Beechhurst, Belle Harbor, Bellerose, Breezy Point, Briarwood, Broad Channel, Cambria Heights, College Point, Corona, Douglaston, East Elmhurst, Edgemere, Electchester, Elmhurst, Far Rockaway, Floral Park, Flushing, Forest Hills, Forest Hills Gardens, Fresh Meadows, Glendale, Glen Oaks, Hamilton Beach, Hammels, Hillcrest, Hollis, Hollis Hills, Howard Beach, Howard Park, Hunters Point, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Laurelton, LeFrak City, Lindenwood, Little Neck, Locust Manor, Long Island City, Malba, Maspeth, Middle Village, Murray Hill, Neponsit, Old Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Pomonok, Queensbridge, Queens Village, Ramblersville, Ravenswood, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, Rochdale, Rockaway, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Rockwood Park, Rosedale, St. Albans, South Jamaica, South Ozone Park, Springfield Gardens, Sunnyside, Sunnyside Gardens, Utopia, Whitestone, Willets Point, Woodhaven, Woodside.

Queens County, NY Vital Records

Where can find Queens County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Queens 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 Queens 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.

Queens County, NY Census Records

What Queens County, NY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Queens 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.

Queens Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Queens Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Queens 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

Queens County, NY Courthouse and Government Records

Queens County Courthouse

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

  • Queens County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY 11424
    • 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.
  • Queens 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.
    • Address: 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York 11435
    • Phone: 718-298-0609
    • Land Records: 1683 (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: 1683
    • 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.
  • Queens 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. Most or all pre-1830 surrogate’s files were lost or destroyed.
    • Address: 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York 11435
    • Phone: 718-298-0400 or 718-298-0500
    • 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)
  • New York City Registrar, Borough of Queens , Queens Business Center, 144-06 94th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11435
  • Queens 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.
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  • New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938  
  • New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921
  • Town minutes of Newtown
  • Minutes of the town courts of Newtown : 1656-1690
  • Documents and letters intended to illustrate the revolutionary incidents of Queens County
  • Select patents of New York towns
  • Records in the office of the county clerk at Jamaica, Long Island, New York
  • New York Wills, 1626-1836
  • BLM Land Records

Queens County, NY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Queens County, NY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Queens 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.

Queens Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Queens Co. NY Cemeteries & Church Records

Queens Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Queens Co. NY General and History Websites

Queens Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization

Queens Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Queens Co. NY Military Records

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