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Ulster County, New York
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Ulster County, New York Facts

When was Ulster County, NY Created?
Ulster County was created on November 1, 1683 as one of 12 original counties created in the New York colony.

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

What counties are adjacent to Ulster County, NY?
Bordering Counties are Delaware CountyGreene CountyColumbia CountyUlster County, Hudson River, Sullivan CountyOrange CountyDutchess County.

Ulster County, NY Vital Records

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

Ulster County, NY Census Records

What Ulster County, NY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Ulster County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790-189019001910192019301940.

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

Ulster County, NY Courthouse and Government Records

Ulster County Courthouse

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

Ulster County, NY Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Ulster County Genealogical Society (UCGS), P.O. Box 536, , Hurley, NY 12443; The society has extensive genealogical reference library located in Hurley Reformed Church. It publishes a quarterly newsletter, “The GENIE”, to Society members.The research library has Bible Records, Cemetery Records, Census Records, Church Records, Directories, Gazetteers, Genealogies, Maps, Naturalization Records, Newsletters, Newspapers, Obituaries, Reference Books, Surname File Folders, Tax Lists, Undertaker Records, Vital Records, and Wills.
  • Ulster County Archives, 300 Foxhall Ave, , Kingston, New York 12401, Phone: 845-340-3415 ; The Archives operate under the auspices of the Ulster County Clerk. They have a catalog online. Records available at the county Archives include: Census records and indexes, Naturalization records, Birth, marriage and death records, City directories, Poorhouse records, Maps
  • New York-Ulster County, Elting Memorial Library, Historical and Genealogical Department, 93 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845-255-5030; Family History Library microfilm access, church, cemetery, bible, census, and vital records; maps, city directories, obituaries, compiled genealogies, vertical files, newspapers, and periodicals.
  • Ramapo Catskill Library System
  • Bevier House Museum , 2682 Route 209,, Marbletown, New York, Telephone: 845-338-5614 ; The museum associated with the Ulster County Historical Society has a research library as well as collections of 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative arts and tools and a Civil War room.
  • New York Genealogy Research Community (
  • 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 Ulster County, NY Researchers through message boards and forums?

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

Ulster Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ulster Co. NY Cemeteries & Church Records

Ulster Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Ulster Co. NY General and History Websites

Ulster Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization

Ulster Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ulster Co. NY Military Records

Ulster Co. NY Schools & Directories