Erie County, New York
Genealogy, History & Facts
Erie County, New York Facts
When was Erie County, NY Created?
Erie County was created on April 2, 1821 and formed from Niagara 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
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 Courthouse Records Research Guide.
- Erie County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
- Erie County Clerk
- Address: 25 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14202
- Phone: 716-846-8865
- Land Records: 1808
- Court Records: 1808
- Erie County Surrogate Court Clerk
- Phone: 716-845-2560
- Probate Records: 1800
- Erie County Historian
- Address: 95 Franklin Street, 16th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202
- Phone: 716–858–8500
- New York Wills, 1626-1836
- BLM Land Records
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.
- Erie County,New York Town Historians, Historical Societies and Historical Museums
- Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court, Buffalo, NY 14216, 716-873-9644
- Buffalo & Western Ny Italian Genealogy Society, 171 Fowler Street, Kenmore 14217-1503
- Buffalo Genealogical Society Of The African Diaspora, Buffalo
- Buffalo and Erie County Library, Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203, 716-858-8900
- Erie County Historical Federation, 11 Danforth Street, Chektowaga, NY 14227
- Western New York Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 338, Hamburg, N.Y. 14075-0338
- Central New York Genealogical Society, Box 104, Calvin Station , Syracuse, New York 13205
- Rough list of manuscripts in the library of the Buffalo Historical Society (search.ancestry.com)
- Grosvenor Room Genealogy, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203, (716) 858-8900
- Western New York Genealogical Society Library, Hamburg Historical Society Museum, 5859 South Park Avenue, Rt. 62, Hamburg, NY
- E. H. Butler Library, Archives and Special Collections, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222, Phone: (716) 878-6300, Archivist Phone: (716) 878-6308
- Rev. J. Clayton Murray, S.J., Archives & Special Collections, Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library, Canisius College, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14208-1098, Phone: 716-888-8406
- New York State Archives and Records Administration, 11th Floor, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230; (518) 474-8955
- New York State Library, Cultural Education Center, 7th Floor, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
- The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 122 East 58th Street, New York, New York 10022-1939
- New York State Historical Association, West Lake Road, P.O. Box 800, Cooperstown, New York, 13326-0800
Where can I connect with other Erie County, NY Researchers through message boards and forums?
- New York Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
- New York State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Erie County, New York Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
- Erie County, New York Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
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.