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Columbia County, New York
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Columbia County, New York Facts

When was Columbia County, NY Created?
Columbia County was created on April 4, 1786 from Albany County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Columbia County, NY?
Bordering Counties are Rensselaer CountyBerkshire County, MA, Dutchess CountyUlster CountyGreene CountyAlbany CountyLitchfield County, CT.

Columbia County, NY Vital Records

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

Columbia County, NY Census Records

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

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

Columbia County, NY Courthouse and Government Records

Columbia County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Columbia County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Columbia 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 Columbia 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.

Columbia County, NY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Columbia Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Columbia Co. NY Cemeteries & Church Records

Columbia Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Columbia Co. NY General and History Websites

Columbia Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization

Columbia Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Columbia Co. NY Military Records

Columbia Co. NY Schools & Directories