Richmond County, New York
Genealogy, History & Facts
Richmond County, New York Facts
When was Richmond County, NY Created?
Richmond County was created on November 1, 1683 as one of 12 original counties created in the New York colony.
Richmond County, NY Vital Records
Where can find Richmond County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Richmond 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 Richmond 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.
Richmond County, NY Census Records
What Richmond County, NY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Richmond County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790-1890, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Richmond Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Richmond Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Richmond 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
Richmond County, NY Courthouse and Government Records
What genealogical records can I find in the Richmond County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Richmond 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 Richmond 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.
- Richmond County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 100 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
- Richmond County Clerk
- Address: 130 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY 10301
- Phone: 718-675-8960
- Land Records: 1683
- Court Records: 1683
- Richmond County Surrogate Court Clerk
- Address: 18 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
- Phone: 718-675-8500
- Probate Records: 1787
- Richmond County (Borough of Staten Island) Historian
- Address: 10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York 10301-1903
- Phone: ?
- English crown grants
- New York Wills, 1626-1836
- BLM Land Records
Richmond County, NY Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Richmond County, NY?
A list of Richmond County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide New York Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Sandy Ground Historical Society, 1538 Woodrow Road, Staten Island, New York 10309, Phone: 718-317-5796; contains “largest documentary collection of African-American culture and history of Staten Island”
- Staten Island Historical Society, Historic Richmond Town, 411 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10306-1198, Phone: 718-351-1611; Quarter publication: Richmondtown Restoration: Newsletter of the Staten Island Historical Society, Staten Island Historian
- Tottenville Historical Society, PO Box 70185, Staten Island, New York 10307-0185, Phone: 646-291-7005; They provide research services in their library and off-site at local repositories for a fee.
- College of Staten Island (CUNY), Archives and Special Collections, Library, 1L-216, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10314, Phone 718-982-4128
- Richmondtown Library, New York Public Library, 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, New York 10306, Phone:718-668-0413
- Staten Island Museum, aka Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, History Library and Archives, 75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, New York 10301, Phone: 718-727-1135 ext. 122, archivist; History Archives & Library Collection
- Wagner College, The Horrmann Library, 1 Campus Road, Staten Island, New York 10301, Phone: 718-390-3401
- 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 Richmond County, NY Researchers through message boards and forums?
- New York Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
- New York State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Richmond County, New York Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
- Richmond County, New York Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
What other genealogical resources are available in Richmond County, NY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Richmond 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.