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Ulster County, New York

Ulster County

Ulster County was created on November 1, 1683 as one of 12 original counties created in the New York colony. This particular county was named for the Irish province of Ulster, then an earldom of the Duke of York, later King James II of England.

The Ulster County Seat can be found in Kingston and in addition the county government website is

Regions neighboring Ulster County include Delaware County (northeast), Greene County (northeast), Columbia County (northeast), Ulster County (northeast), Hudson River (east), Sullivan County (southwest), Orange County (south), Dutchess County (southeast).

Cities and Towns to be found in Ulster County consists of Kingston, Denning, Esopus, Gardiner, Hardenburgh, Hurley, Kingston, Lloyd, Marbletown, Marlborough, New Paltz, Olive, Plattekill, Rochester, Rosendale, Saugerties, Shandaken, Shawangunk, Ulster, Wawarsing, Woodstock. Villages include Ellenville, New Paltz, Saugerties. Communities include Accord, Bearsville, Big Indian, Boiceville, Centerville, Chichester, Clintondale, Cottekill, Cragsmoor, East Kingston, Gardiner, Glasco, High Falls, Highland, Highmount, Hillside, Kerhonkson, Lake Katrine, Lincoln Park, Malden, Marlboro, Milton, Mount Pleasant, Mount Tremper, Napanoch, Olivebridge, Oliverea, Phoenicia, Pine Hill, Port Ewen, Rifton, Rosendale Village, Saugerties South, Seager, Shady, Shokan, Spring Glen, Stone Ridge, Sundown, Tillson, Veteran, Walker Valley, Wallkill, West Hurley, West Park, West Shokan, Willow, Woodstock, Zena

Ulster 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 Ulster 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.

Ulster County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in looking into your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules are present for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Ulster Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ulster Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ulster Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.

Ulster County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Ulster County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

  • RAOGK Volunteers for New York (
  • New York Genealogy Community (
  • New York State Genealogy Network (
  • Ulster County Genealogical Society (UCGS), P.O. Box 536, , Hurley, NY 12443; The society has extensive genealogical reference library located in Hurley Reformed Church. It publishes a quarterly newsletter, "The GENIE", to Society members.The research library has Bible Records, Cemetery Records, Census Records, Church Records, Directories, Gazetteers, Genealogies, Maps, Naturalization Records, Newsletters, Newspapers, Obituaries, Reference Books, Surname File Folders, Tax Lists, Undertaker Records, Vital Records, and Wills.
  • Ulster County Archives, 300 Foxhall Ave, , Kingston, New York 12401, Phone: 845-340-3415 ; The Archives operate under the auspices of the Ulster County Clerk. They have a catalog online. Records available at the county Archives include: Census records and indexes, Naturalization records, Birth, marriage and death records, City directories, Poorhouse records, Maps
  • New York-Ulster County, Elting Memorial Library, Historical and Genealogical Department, 93 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845-255-5030; Family History Library microfilm access, church, cemetery, bible, census, and vital records; maps, city directories, obituaries, compiled genealogies, vertical files, newspapers, and periodicals.
  • Ramapo Catskill Library System
  • Bevier House Museum , 2682 Route 209,, Marbletown, New York, Telephone: 845-338-5614 ; The museum associated with the Ulster County Historical Society has a research library as well as collections of 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative arts and tools and a Civil War room.
  • New York Genealogy Research Community (
  • Ulster County, New York Message Boards ( read and post messages about your ancestors in Ulster County
  • Ulster County, New York Genealogy Forum ( read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Ulster County
  • USGenWeb Archives for Ulster County (

Ulster County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently overlook the significance of Ulster County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in New York courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the aspirations and worries of the many New York men and women.

The possibilities are excellent that your particular ancestors and forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of factors of their lives in the Ulster County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

The following specifics denotes whatever birth, death, marriage, land, probate, and legal records will be in Ulster County. The years pointed out listed below tend to be the first known records in this county.

Please make sure to contact the clerk's office to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or inquiring information because of occasionally changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A good number of staff will help people in locating the resources, however it is up to the person to carry out the research.
  • Ulster County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 244 Fair Street, P.O. 1800, Kingston, New York 12402
    • 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.
  • Ulster 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: (845) 340-3288
    • Land Records: 1684 (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: 1684
    • 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.
  • Ulster 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: 240 Fair Street, Kingston, N.Y. 12401
    • Phone: (845) 340-3348
    • 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)
  • Ulster County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
  • Ulster 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.
    • Address: 38 Rondout Harbor, Port Ewen, NY 12466
    • Phone: 845-331-7380
  • Village & Town Clerk Phone Directory

Ulster County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Ulster 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. Feel free to suggest your own favorite Ulster County genealogy or family history related sites.

Ulster Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ulster Co. NY Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Ulster Co. NY Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Ulster Co. NY Census Records

Ulster Co. NY Cemeteries & Graveyards

Ulster Co. NY Church & Bible Records

Ulster Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Ulster Co. NY General and History Websites

Ulster Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization

Ulster Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ulster Co. NY Military Records

Ulster Co. NY Schools & Directories

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