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Monroe County, New York
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Monroe County, New York Facts

When was Monroe County, NY Created?
Monroe County was created on February 23, 1821 from Genesee County and Ontario County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Monroe County, NY?
Bordering Counties are Lake Ontario and Canada, Wayne CountyOntario CountyLivingston CountyOrleans CountyGenesee County.

Monroe County, NY Vital Records

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

You can also get vital records from the Monroe County Department of Health, 111 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY 14692; (585) 274-6140; The Health Department has birth and death records since 1880 for $11.00 fee. Marriage records are still with the Town Clerks or the Rochester Records Management Office in the City of Rochester.

Monroe County, NY Census Records

What Monroe County, NY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Monroe County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Monroe County, NY Courthouse and Government Records

Monroe County Courthouse

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

Monroe County, NY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Monroe Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Monroe Co. NY Cemeteries & Church Records

Monroe Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Monroe Co. NY General and History Websites

Monroe Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization

Monroe Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Monroe Co. NY Military Records

Monroe Co. NY Schools & Directories