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Cortland County, New York
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Cortland County, New York Facts

When was Cortland County, NY Created?
Cortland County was created on April 8, 1808 from Onondaga County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Cortland County, NY?
Bordering Counties are Onondaga CountyMadison CountyChenango County, Broome CountyTompkins CountyTioga County, Cayuga County.

Cortland County, NY Vital Records

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

Cortland County, NY Census Records

What Cortland County, NY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Cortland County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18101820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Cortland County, NY Courthouse and Government Records

Cortland County Courthouse

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

Cortland County, NY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Cortland Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Cortland Co. NY Cemeteries & Church Records

Cortland Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cortland Co. NY General and History Websites

Cortland Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization

Cortland Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cortland Co. NY Military Records

Cortland Co. NY Schools & Directories