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Kings County Cities and Towns include Barren Island, Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, Bedford, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bensonhurst, Bergen Beach, Boerum Hill, Borough Park, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn Heights, Brownsville, Bushwick, Cadman Plaza, Canarsie, Carroll Gardens, City Line, Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, Coney Island, Crown Heights, Cypress Hills, Ditmas Park, Downtown, Dyker Heights, East Flatbush, East New York, East Williamsburg, Fiske Terrace, Flatbush, Flatlands, Fort Greene, Fort Hamilton, Fulton Ferry, Georgetown, Gerritsen Beach, Gowanus, Gravesend, Greenpoint, Homecrest, Kensington, Little Poland, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park, Midwood, Mill Basin, Navy Yard, New Lots, New Utrecht, Ocean Hill, Ocean Parkway, Park Slope, Pigtown, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park South, Red Hook, Seagate, Sheepshead Bay, South Brooklyn, Starrett City, Stuyvesant Heights, Sunset Park, Vinegar Hill, Williamsburg, Windsor Terrace.
Kings County, New York Courthouse Records
Kings County, NY Courthouse
The Kings County Courthouse is located in New York City, New York and Brooklyn, 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 Kings 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. Many Surrogate’s files before about 1870 are now at the NYC Archives and on microfilm at the Family History Library.
- Kings County Clerk has Land Records from 1683, Court Records from 1683 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.
- Kings County Surrogate Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1787. 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.
- Kings County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
- Kings County (Brooklyn Borough) 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.
Kings County, New York Census Records
- Learn More: State of New York Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: 1660-1820
- State Population Schedules: 1855, 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, 1925
- Other State Census Schedules: Census of Inmates in Almshouses and Poorhouses, 1830-1920, Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880, Non-Population Schedules 1850-1880
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Kings County, New York Vital Records
- Learn More: State of New York Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from 1880 to present
- Marriage Records: from 1880 to present
- Divorce Records: from January 1963 to present. Earlier Records are in the County Clerk's Office.
- Locations: New York State Dept of Health, Vital Records Section
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate, Genealogy Applications.
- In Person: New York State Dept of Health, Vital Records Section, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237; (518) 474-3077, (518) 474-3038 Information
Kings County, New York Resources
- State of New York Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for New York
- Brooklyn Historical Society Library
- The Gravesend Historical Society, P.O. Box 1643, Gravesend Station, Gravesend, New York 11223, Phone: 718-375-6831
- Kingsborough Historical Society
- Brooklyn Public Library
- New York Genealogy Research Community
- Kings County, New York Message Boards
- Kings County, New York Genealogy Forum
Kings County, New York External Links
- Historical Newspapers from New York (1719 - 1992)
- Illustrated Speedway News (Brooklyn, New York)
- Kings County, New York Books - Amazon
- New York City, Deaths, 1892-1902
- Brooklyn, New York Catholic Church Marriage Records, 1839-1900
- Index of wills probated in Kings County, New York
- Titles to land and land under water at Sea Gate, New York Harbor
- AJHS Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum Records, 1878-1969
- New York, Kings County Estate Files, 1866-1923
- Web: Brooklyn, New York, Green-Wood Cemetery Burial Index
- New York City, Dutch Church Burials
- Inscriptions from Gravesend Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Cemeteries in Kings and Queens Counties, Long Island, New York
- Dutch Reformed Cemetery, Flatbush, Kings County, New York : 1754 per 1913
- Kings Co., New York - FindaGrave
- Proceedings of the Advisory Council of Congregational Churches and Ministers
- Brooklyn, New York Catholic Church Baptism Records, 1837-1900
- New York City, Lutheran Church Records, 1834-1854
- The Brooklyn compendium
- History of the City of Brooklyn, New York
- History of the City of Brooklyn, New York
- A history of the city of Brooklyn and Kings County
- Kings County, New York Links - Cyndi's List
- Kings Co. NYGenweb
- Brooklyn, New York Directories, 1888-1890
- Kings County, New York Ancestry Database Collections
- New York City Immigrants (Austria, Galicia, Poland), 1891
- New York City Immigrants (Austria, Galicia, Poland), 1890
- Kings County, New York Military Records