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Queens County, New York (Map It) created on November 01, 1683 as one of 12 original counties created in the New York colony. The county was named in honor of Catherine of Braganza (1638–1705), Queen of England and wife of King Charles II of England.
Queens County Cities and Towns include Arverne, Astoria, Astoria Heights, Auburndale, Bay Terrace, Bayside, Bayswater, Beechhurst, Belle Harbor, Bellerose, Breezy Point, Briarwood, Broad Channel, Cambria Heights, College Point, Corona, Douglaston, East Elmhurst, Edgemere, Electchester, Elmhurst, Far Rockaway, Floral Park, Flushing, Forest Hills, Forest Hills Gardens, Fresh Meadows, Glendale, Glen Oaks, Hamilton Beach, Hammels, Hillcrest, Hollis, Hollis Hills, Howard Beach, Howard Park, Hunters Point, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Laurelton, LeFrak City, Lindenwood, Little Neck, Locust Manor, Long Island City, Malba, Maspeth, Middle Village, Murray Hill, Neponsit, Old Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Pomonok, Queensbridge, Queens Village, Ramblersville, Ravenswood, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, Rochdale, Rockaway, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, Rockwood Park, Rosedale, St. Albans, South Jamaica, South Ozone Park, Springfield Gardens, Sunnyside, Sunnyside Gardens, Utopia, Whitestone, Willets Point, Woodhaven, Woodside.
Queens County, New York Courthouse Records
Queens County, NY Courthouse
The Queens County Courthouse is located in New York City, New York and Borough of Queens, 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 Queens 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.
- Queens 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.
- Queens County Surrogate Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1787. Most or all pre-1830 surrogate’s files were lost or destroyed. 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.
- New York City Registrar, Borough of Queens , Queens Business Center, 144-06 94th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11435
- Queens 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.
Queens 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
Queens 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
Queens County, New York Resources
- State of New York Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for New York
- Queens Historical Society (QHS)
- Bayside Historical Society
- Broad Channel Historical Society
- Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society
- Greater Astoria Historical Society
- The Richmond Hill Historical Society
- Queens Genealogy Workshop
- Queens Borough Public Library
- LaGuardia Community College/CUNY
- Queens County Farm Museum
- New York Genealogy Research Community
- Queens County, New York Message Boards
- Queens County, New York Genealogy Forum
Queens County, New York External Links
- Historical Newspapers from New York (1719 - 1992)
- Queens County, New York Books - Amazon
- New York City Deaths, 1892-1902
- New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938
- New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921
- Town minutes of Newtown
- Minutes of the town courts of Newtown : 1656-1690
- Documents and letters intended to illustrate the revolutionary incidents of Queens County : with connecting narratives, explana
- Select patents of New York towns
- Records in the office of the county clerk at Jamaica, Long Island, New York
- New York City, Dutch Church Burials
- Springfield, Jamaica, Queens County, Long Island, New York Cemetery : 1735 or 1760 to 1909
- Description of private and family cemeteries in the borough of Queens
- Cemeteries in Kings and Queens Counties, Long Island, New York
- Queens Co., New York - FindaGrave
- Two centuries in the history of the Presbyterian Church, Jamaica, L.I.
- First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica, New York, 1662-1942
- The rise of the Jewish community of New York, 1654-1860
- The origin and history of Grace Church, Jamaica, New York
- The annals of Newtown in Queens County, New-York
- Queens County, New York Links - Cyndi's List
- Queens Co. NYGenweb
- Queens County, New York Ancestry Database Collections
- New York City Immigrants (Austria, Galicia, Poland), 1891
- New York City Immigrants (Austria, Galicia, Poland), 1890
- Queens County, New York Military Records