Richmond County, New York
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Richmond County, New York Facts
When was Richmond County, NY Created?
Richmond County was created on November 1, 1683 as one of 12 original counties created in the New York colony. This particular county was named in honor of Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond (1672–1723), the illegitimate son of King Charles II of England.
What is the County Seat of Richmond County, NY?
The County Seat is located in New York City and in addition the county government website is http://www.nyc.gov/
What counties are adjacent to Richmond County, NY?
Bordering Counties are Hudson County, NJ (north), Union County, NJ (west), Middlesex County, NJ (west), Kings County (northeast).
What cities and towns are in Richmond County, NY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Annadale, Arden Heights, Arrochar, Bay Terrace, Bloomfield, Brighton Heights, Bulls Head, Castleton, Castleton Corners, Charleston, Clifton, Concord, Dongan Hills, East Shore, Egbertville, Elm Park, Eltingville, Emerson Hill, Farm Colony, Fort Wadsworth, Fox Hills, Fresh Kills, Graniteville, Grant City, Grasmere, Great Kills, Greenridge, Grymes Hill, Heartland Village, Hoffman Island, Howland Hook, Huguenot, Isle of Meadow, Lighthouse Hill, Livingston, Manor Heights, Mariners Harbor, Meiers Corners, Mid-Island, Midland Beach, New Brighton, New Dorp, New Dorp Beach, New Springville, North Shore, Oakwood, Ocean Breeze, Pleasant Plains, Port Ivory, Port Richmond, Prall's Island, Prince's Bay, Randall Manor, Richmondtown, Richmond Valley, Rosebank, Rossville, St. George, Shooters Island, Shore Acres, Silver Lake, Snug Harbor, South Beach, South Shore, Stapleton, Stapleton Heights, Sunnyside, Swinburne Island, Todt Hill, Tompkinsville, Tottenville, Tottenville Beach, Travis, Ward Hill, Westerleigh, West New Brighton, West Shore, Willowbrook, Woodrow.
Richmond County, NY Vital Records
Where can find Richmond County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Richmond 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 Richmond 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
Richmond County, NY Census Records
What Richmond County, NY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Richmond 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.
Richmond Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Richmond Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Richmond 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
Richmond County, NY Courthouse and Government Records
Richmond County Courthouse
What genealogical records can I find in the Richmond County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Richmond 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.
- Richmond County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 100 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
- 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.
- Richmond 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: 130 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY 10301
- Phone: 718-675-8960
- 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.
- Richmond 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: 18 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
- Phone: 718-675-8500
- 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)
- Richmond County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
- Richmond County (Borough of Staten Island) 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: 10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York 10301-1903
- Phone: ?
- English crown grants
- New York Wills, 1626-1836
- BLM Land Records
Richmond County, NY Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Richmond County, NY?
A list of Richmond County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide New York Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Sandy Ground Historical Society, 1538 Woodrow Road, Staten Island, New York 10309, Phone: 718-317-5796; contains "largest documentary collection of African-American culture and history of Staten Island"
- Staten Island Historical Society, Historic Richmond Town, 411 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10306-1198, Phone: 718-351-1611; Quarter publication: Richmondtown Restoration: Newsletter of the Staten Island Historical Society, Staten Island Historian
- Tottenville Historical Society, PO Box 70185, Staten Island, New York 10307-0185, Phone: 646-291-7005; They provide research services in their library and off-site at local repositories for a fee.
- College of Staten Island (CUNY), Archives and Special Collections, Library, 1L-216, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10314, Phone 718-982-4128
- Richmondtown Library, New York Public Library, 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, New York 10306, Phone:718-668-0413
- Staten Island Museum, aka Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, History Library and Archives, 75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, New York 10301, Phone: 718-727-1135 ext. 122, archivist; History Archives & Library Collection
- Wagner College, The Horrmann Library, 1 Campus Road, Staten Island, New York 10301, Phone: 718-390-3401
- 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 Richmond County, NY Researchers through message boards and forums?
What other genealogical resources are available in Richmond County, NY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Richmond 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.
Richmond Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications
Richmond Co. NY Cemeteries & Church Records
- New York Cemetery Research Guide (raogk.org)
- New York City Deaths, 1892-1902 (search.ancestry.com)
- Staten Island, New York Church Records, 1749-1828 (search.ancestry.com)
- New York City, Dutch Church Burials (search.ancestry.com)
- New York, Hebrew Burial Records (HFBA), Silver Lake and Mount Richmond Cemeteries, 1899-1991 (search.ancestry.com)
- Richmond Co., New York Graves (findagrave.com)
- Richmond County Tombstone Transcription Project (usgwtombstones.org)
- Richmond Co., New York Cemeteries (Internment.net)
- Richmond Co., New York Cemetery Books (amazon.com)
- New York Church & Bible Research Guide (raogk.org)
- The Church of St. Andrew, Richmond, Staten Island (search.ancestry.com)
- History of the parish of Immaculate Conception : on the occasion of the 75th anniversary, 1887-1962. (search.ancestry.com)
- New York, Family Bible Records, 1581-1917 (search.ancestry.com)
- Richmond County, New York Church Books (amazon.com)
Richmond Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Richmond Co. NY General and History Websites
Richmond Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization
Richmond Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Richmond Co. NY Military Records
Richmond Co. NY Schools & Directories