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Erie County, New York Facts

Erie County

When was Erie County, NY Created?
Erie County was created on April 2, 1821 and formed from Niagara County.

What is the County Seat of Erie County, NY?
The County Seat is located in Buffalo and in addition the county government website is www.erie.gov/

What counties are adjacent to Erie County, NY?
Bordering Counties are Niagara County, Wyoming County, Genesee County, Cattaraugus County, Chautauqua County .


Erie County, NY Vital Records

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


Erie County, NY Census Records

What Erie County, NY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Erie County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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


Erie County, NY Courthouse and Government Records


Erie County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Erie County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Erie 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 Erie 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 Corthouse Records Research Guide.


Erie County, NY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Erie Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Erie Co. NY Cemeteries & Church Records

Erie Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Erie Co. NY General and History Websites

Erie Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization

Erie Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Erie Co. NY Military Records

Erie Co. NY Schools & Directories

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