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Albany County, New York
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Albany County, New York Facts

When was Albany County, NY Created?
Albany County was created on November 1, 1683 as one of 12 original counties created in the New York colony.

What is the County Seat of Albany County, NY?
The County Seat is located in Albany and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Albany County, NY?
Bordering Counties are Schenectady CountySaratoga CountyRensselaer CountyColumbia CountyGreene CountySchoharie County.

Albany County, NY Vital Records

Where can find Albany County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Albany 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 and a Divorce records since 1847 . 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 Albany County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for New York Birth and Death CertificateMarriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.

Albany County, NY Census Records

What Albany County, NY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Albany County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790-189019001910192019301940.

Albany Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Albany Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Albany Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.

There are New York State censuses from 1880, 1892, 19051855186518751892190519151925. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also New York Census Records Research Guide

Albany County, NY Courthouse and Government Records

Albany County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Albany County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Albany County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in New York courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless New York residents. The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Albany County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also New York Courthouse Records Research Guide.

Albany County, NY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Albany Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Albany Co. NY Cemeteries & Church Records

Albany Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Albany Co. NY General and History Websites

Albany Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization

Albany Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Albany Co. NY Military Records

Albany Co. NY Schools & Directories