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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

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.

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.

  • 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.

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

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

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