Schenectady County, New York Records

Schenectady County, New York (Map It) created on 1809 from Albany County. The county was named for a Mohawk word meaning "on the other side of the pine lands" .

Schenectady County is bordered by Saratoga County (east), Albany County (south), Schoharie County (southwest), Montgomery County (west).

Schenectady County Cities and Towns include  Schenectady, Duanesburg, Glenville, Niskayuna, Princetown, Rotterdam. Villages include Delanson, Scotia. Hamlets include Alplaus, Duanesburg, Duane Lake, East Glenville, Mariaville Lake, Niskayuna, Pattersonville-Rotterdam Junction, Rotterdam .

Schenectady County, New York Courthouse Records

Schenectady County, New York Courthouse
Schenectady County, NY Courthouse

The Schenectady County Courthouse is located in Schenectady, 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.

The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. 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 Schenectady county. The date listed for each record is usually the earliest registration filed. The date does not indicate that there are alot records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually filed with the clerk.

  • Schenectady County Clerk has Land Records from 1809, Court Records from 1809 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.
  • Schenectady County Surrogate Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1809. 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.
  • Schenectady County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
  • Schenectady 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.

Schenectady County, New York Census Records

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