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Richmond County, New York (Map It) created on November 1, 1683 as one of 12 original counties created in the New York colony. The county was named in honor of Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond (1672–1723), the illegitimate son of King Charles II of England.
Richmond County Cities and Towns include Annadale, Arden Heights, Arrochar, Bay Terrace, Bloomfield, Brighton Heights, Bulls Head, Castleton, Castleton Corners, Charleston, Clifton, Concord, Dongan Hills, East Shore, Egbertville, Elm Park, Eltingville, Emerson Hill, Farm Colony, Fort Wadsworth, Fox Hills, Fresh Kills, Graniteville, Grant City, Grasmere, Great Kills, Greenridge, Grymes Hill, Heartland Village, Hoffman Island, Howland Hook, Huguenot, Isle of Meadow, Lighthouse Hill, Livingston, Manor Heights, Mariners Harbor, Meiers Corners, Mid-Island, Midland Beach, New Brighton, New Dorp, New Dorp Beach, New Springville, North Shore, Oakwood, Ocean Breeze, Pleasant Plains, Port Ivory, Port Richmond, Prall's Island, Prince's Bay, Randall Manor, Richmondtown, Richmond Valley, Rosebank, Rossville, St. George, Shooters Island, Shore Acres, Silver Lake, Snug Harbor, South Beach, South Shore, Stapleton, Stapleton Heights, Sunnyside, Swinburne Island, Todt Hill, Tompkinsville, Tottenville, Tottenville Beach, Travis, Ward Hill, Westerleigh, West New Brighton, West Shore, Willowbrook, Woodrow.
Richmond County, New York Courthouse Records
Richmond County, NY Courthouse
The Richmond County Courthouse is located in New York City, 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 Richmond 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.
- Richmond 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.
- Richmond 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.
- Richmond County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
- Richmond County (Borough of Staten Island) 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.
Richmond 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
Richmond 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 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
Richmond County, New York Resources
- State of New York Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for New York
- Sandy Ground Historical Society
- Staten Island Historical Society
- Tottenville Historical Society
- College of Staten Island (CUNY)
- Richmondtown Library
- Staten Island Museum
- Wagner College
- New York Genealogy Research Community
- Richmond County, New York Message Boards
- Richmond County, New York Genealogy Forum
Richmond County, New York External Links
- Historical Newspapers from New York (1719 - 1992)
- Richmond County, New York Books - Amazon
- English crown grants
- New York City Deaths, 1892-1902
- Staten Island, New York Church Records, 1749-1828
- New York City, Dutch Church Burials
- New York, Hebrew Burial Records (HFBA), Silver Lake and Mount Richmond Cemeteries, 1899-1991
- Richmond Co., New York - FindaGrave
- The Church of St. Andrew, Richmond, Staten Island
- Staten Island and its people : a history, 1609-1929
- Richmond County, New York Links - Cyndi's List
- Richmond Co. NYGenweb
- Staten Island, New York Directory, 1886
- Richmond County, New York Ancestry Database Collections
- New York City Immigrants (Austria, Galicia, Poland), 1891
- New York City Immigrants (Austria, Galicia, Poland), 1890
- Richmond County, New York Military Records