Chemung County, New York Genealogy Guide

Chemung County, New York (Map It) was created on March 29, 1836 from Tioga County. The county was named for a Lenape word meaning "big horn", which was the name of a local Native American village.

Chemung County is bordered by Schuyler County (north), Tompkins County (northeast), Tioga County (east), Bradford County, Pennsylvania (south), Tioga County, Pennsylvania (southwest), Steuben County (west).

Chemung County Cities and Towns include Ashland (town), Baldwin (town), Big Flats Airport, Big Flats (town), Catlin (town), Chemung (town), Elmira Heights (village), Elmira (city), Elmira (town), Erin (town), Horseheads North, Horseheads (town), Horseheads (village), Millport (village), Southport (town), Van Etten (town), Van Etten (village), Veteran (town), Wellsburg (village), West Elmira.

Chemung County, New York Courthouse Records

Chemung County, New York Courthouse
Chemung County, NY Courthouse

The Chemung County Courthouse is located in Elmira, New York. Also contact local Town Clerks. They are responsible for vast amounts of local information from deeds, property transfers, and genealogical materials. Research on place and road names, the history of property transfers and much more are available through your Town Clerk. They are a tremendous resources. Learn More About State of New York Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Chemung county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Chemung County Clerk has Land Records from 1836, Court Records from 1836 and Naturalization Records. State court naturalization records remain in custody of the county clerks. Older court naturalization records have been transferred to the National Archives--Northeast Region. The County Clerk is the keeper of most civil and criminal trial court records for Supreme Court and County Court, naturalizations, marriages (1908–35), censuses (Some county clerks' offices hold duplicate copies of some of the State censuses taken periodically between 1825 and 1925 and copies of the federal census), as well as deeds and mortgages.
  • Chemung County Surrogate Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1836. The County Surrogate Court Clerk maintain records of wills, letters testamentary, letters of administration, orders and decrees, and appointments of guardians; and filed papers, including original wills, petitions for probate (gives date of death and lists next of kin), performance bonds, property inventories (seldom found after ca. 1900), administrator's or executor's accountings, etc. Surrogate's Courts create comprehensive indexes to records and files.
  • Chemung County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
  • Chemung County Historian maintains archival holdings for virtually every facet of the county’s history. In New York State, every municipality (town, city, village, county) must have an appointed historian. Most of the towns have their own historians as well and each can be contacted. The County Historian may provide access to obituaries, vital records, church records, maps, and family files or journals. Some historians provide search services for their office records and others may refer you to local genealogists who research in the area.

Chemung County, New York Census Records

Chemung County, New York Vital Records

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