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=== Columbia County New York Historical Facts ===
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===Columbia County New York Historical Facts===
  
==== Description ====   
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====Description====   
  
 
The County was named for Christopher Columbus.  The County is located in the east area of the state.
 
The County was named for Christopher Columbus.  The County is located in the east area of the state.
 
<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Columbus, New York" in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_County,_New_York'' accessed 19 Nov 2018 </ref>   
 
<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Columbus, New York" in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_County,_New_York'' accessed 19 Nov 2018 </ref>   
  
==== Columbia County, New York Record Dates ====  
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====Columbia County, New York Record Dates====  
  
 
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Columbia County, New York. Page 488-493 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 490-492.</ref></center>
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| colspan="7" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |<center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Columbia County, New York. Page 488-493 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 490-492.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Columbia County, New York Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1880  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1880
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1908
 
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1880  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1825
 
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1790
 
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1880. General compliance for births by 1915 and deaths by 1890.</center>
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| colspan="7" |<center>Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1880. General compliance for births by 1915 and deaths by 1890.</center>
 
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==== Parent County ====
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====Parent County====
  
 
Created 4 April 1786 from [[Albany County, New York Genealogy|Albany]] County.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 488. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
Created 4 April 1786 from [[Albany County, New York Genealogy|Albany]] County.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 488. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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====Boundary Changes====
 
For animated maps illustrating New York County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/newyork/ "Rotating Formation New York County Boundary Maps"] (1683-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
 
For animated maps illustrating New York County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/newyork/ "Rotating Formation New York County Boundary Maps"] (1683-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
No changes  
 
No changes  
  
==== Record Loss ====
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====Record Loss====
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Populated Places ====
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====Populated Places====
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://newyork.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,021,c,columbia.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Columbia County, New York," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_County,_New_York, accessed 20 December 2019.</ref>  
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://newyork.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,021,c,columbia.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Columbia County, New York," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_County,_New_York, accessed 20 December 2019.''</ref>  
  
 
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=== Columbia County New York Genealogy Resources ===
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===Columbia County New York Genealogy Resources===
  
==== Bible Records ====
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====Bible Records====
  
 
:*'''1581–1917''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4615 ''New York, Family Bible Records''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. Database is a collection of genealogically important records taken from the Bibles of colony and state residents. Reveals the Bible's original owner, brief record of descendants,and a particular event such as birth or marriage as recorded in Bible.<br>
 
:*'''1581–1917''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4615 ''New York, Family Bible Records''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. Database is a collection of genealogically important records taken from the Bibles of colony and state residents. Reveals the Bible's original owner, brief record of descendants,and a particular event such as birth or marriage as recorded in Bible.<br>
  
==== Biography ====
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====Biography====
  
 
*Reynolds, Cuyler. [http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/families/hmgfm/index.html Hudson–Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs]&nbsp;New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1911. Free online index. {{WorldCat|2595186|disp=Various Libraries}}{{FHL|259216|item|disp=FHL Film 1000229; Book 974.74 D3r 4 vols.}} Master index {{FHL|1368726|item|disp=FHL Book 974.74 D3r index}}
 
*Reynolds, Cuyler. [http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/families/hmgfm/index.html Hudson–Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs]&nbsp;New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1911. Free online index. {{WorldCat|2595186|disp=Various Libraries}}{{FHL|259216|item|disp=FHL Film 1000229; Book 974.74 D3r 4 vols.}} Master index {{FHL|1368726|item|disp=FHL Book 974.74 D3r index}}
  
==== Business Records and Commerce ====
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====Business Records and Commerce====
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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| colspan="3" | &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;*See the [[New York Cemeteries#Online_Resources|New York Cemeteries]] page for details about each site.
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
  
 
*'''1800-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|2552111|New York, Cemetery Abstracts, 1800-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1800-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|2552111|New York, Cemetery Abstracts, 1800-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=69499 Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson] BillionGraves  
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=69499 Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158944 Chatham Rural Cemetery, Chatham] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158944 Chatham Rural Cemetery, Chatham] BillionGraves
  
==== Census ====
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====Census====
  
 
For information and tips on using and accessing online census records, see [[New York Census]].  
 
For information and tips on using and accessing online census records, see [[New York Census]].  
  
===== Federal =====
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*The 1890 Census is lost. For a substitute, see [[Columbia County, New York#Directories|directories]].<br>
 
*The 1890 Census is lost. For a substitute, see [[Columbia County, New York#Directories|directories]].<br>
  
===== State =====
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==== Church Records <br> ====
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====Church Records  ====
  
 
{{NYChurch}}  
 
{{NYChurch}}  
  
===== Dutch Reformed =====
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=====Dutch Reformed=====
  
 
The Dutch Reformed Church at [[Claverack, New York|Claverack]] has records dating from the 1720s.  
 
The Dutch Reformed Church at [[Claverack, New York|Claverack]] has records dating from the 1720s.  
  
===== Latter-day Saints (Mormons) =====
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=====Latter-day Saints (Mormons)=====
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:*'''1930-1941''' Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hudson District. {{FHL|173661|item|disp=FHL film 1962 Items 1-2}} Records of members could include vital information, baptisms, and other church-related data.
 
:*'''1930-1941''' Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hudson District. {{FHL|173661|item|disp=FHL film 1962 Items 1-2}} Records of members could include vital information, baptisms, and other church-related data.
  
===== Catholic =====
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=====Catholic=====
  
 
Ann Mensch's [http://localcatholic.webs.com/newyork.htm Local Catholic Church and Family History &amp; Genealogical Research Guide] is a free online resource that identifies the parishes of Columbia County, years parishes were created, contact information, as well as links to online records and research tips. Columbia County parishes fall under the jurisdiction of the [[New York Church Records#Roman_Catholic|Diocese of Albany]].<br>  
 
Ann Mensch's [http://localcatholic.webs.com/newyork.htm Local Catholic Church and Family History &amp; Genealogical Research Guide] is a free online resource that identifies the parishes of Columbia County, years parishes were created, contact information, as well as links to online records and research tips. Columbia County parishes fall under the jurisdiction of the [[New York Church Records#Roman_Catholic|Diocese of Albany]].<br>  
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{{NYCourts}}  
 
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==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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====Emigration and Immigration====
  
 
*'''1906-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|2299396|New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1906-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|2299396|New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
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====Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups====
  
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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===Maps and Gazetteers===
 
{{NY Maps Intro|Columbia}}
 
{{NY Maps Intro|Columbia}}
 
{{NY Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{NY Columbia County}}}}
 
{{NY Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{NY Columbia County}}}}
  
 
[[Image:Hudson-Athens lighthouse.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Hudson-Athens lighthouse.jpg]] 
 
[[Image:Hudson-Athens lighthouse.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Hudson-Athens lighthouse.jpg]] 
==== Genealogy ====
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====Genealogy====
  
:*[http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.newyork.counties.columbia/mb.ashx Rootsweb message board ]for {{PAGENAME}} has many information threads about families that resided in that county. There is a search engine that allows you to search by surname and topic.
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:*[http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.newyork.counties.columbia/mb.ashx Rootsweb message board] for {{PAGENAME}} has many information threads about families that resided in that county. There is a search engine that allows you to search by surname and topic.
  
==== History ====
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'''Genealogical Resources''': Click on the town pages. Brief histories for some of the towns are given. This is based on a 1878 history by Captain Franklin Ellis.
  
==== Land and Property ====
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{{NY FamilySearch Catalog Land|379756}}  
  
==== Maps ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/newyork/ Maps of New York (1683-1915)]
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/newyork/ Maps of New York (1683-1915)]
  
==== Migration ====
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====Migration====
  
 
[[Image:NY MA CT.png|right|450px|NY MA CT.png]]Migration routes for early European settlers to and from {{PAGENAME}} included:<ref>''Handybook'', 847-61.</ref><br><br>  
 
[[Image:NY MA CT.png|right|450px|NY MA CT.png]]Migration routes for early European settlers to and from {{PAGENAME}} included:<ref>''Handybook'', 847-61.</ref><br><br>  
  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River '''Hudson River'''] a navigable river stretching from north of [[Albany, New York|Albany]] then flowing south to empty into the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Ocean Atlantic Ocean] at [[New York City, New York|New York City]]  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River '''Hudson River'''] a navigable river stretching from north of [[Albany, New York|Albany]] then flowing south to empty into the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Ocean Atlantic Ocean] at [[New York City, New York|New York City]]
*[[Albany Post Road]] from [[New York City New York genealogy|New York City]] to [[Albany, New York]]<ref name="Old Alb">Wikipedia contributors, "Old Albany Post Road" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Albany_Post_Road (accessed 23 June 2011).</ref> 1669  
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*[[Albany Post Road]] from [[New York City New York genealogy|New York City]] to [[Albany, New York]]<ref name="Old Alb">Wikipedia contributors, "Old Albany Post Road" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Albany_Post_Road (accessed 23 June 2011).</ref> 1669
*Alford and Egremont (MA) Turnpike<ref>Frederic J. Wood, ''The Turnpikes of New England and the Evolution of the Same Through England, Virginia, and Maryland'' (Boston: Marshall Jones, 1919), map between 56 and 57, and 168. [https://archive.org/stream/turnpikesofnewen00woodrich#page/168/mode/1up Internet Archive version online].</ref> 1812  
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*Alford and Egremont (MA) Turnpike<ref>Frederic J. Wood, ''The Turnpikes of New England and the Evolution of the Same Through England, Virginia, and Maryland'' (Boston: Marshall Jones, 1919), map between 56 and 57, and 168. [https://archive.org/stream/turnpikesofnewen00woodrich#page/168/mode/1up Internet Archive version online].</ref> 1812
*Ancram (NY) Turnpike<ref>Isaac Huntting, ''History of the Little Nine Partners of North East Precinct and Pine Plains, New York, Dutchess County'' (Amenia, NY: Chas. Walsh, 1897), 99-101. [{{Huntt}} Google Book edition].</ref> 1805, also sometimes called the '''''Catskill Road''''', from [[Salisbury, Connecticut]] to [[Catskill, New York]]  
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*Ancram (NY) Turnpike<ref>Isaac Huntting, ''History of the Little Nine Partners of North East Precinct and Pine Plains, New York, Dutchess County'' (Amenia, NY: Chas. Walsh, 1897), 99-101. [{{Huntt}} Google Book edition].</ref> 1805, also sometimes called the '''''Catskill Road''''', from [[Salisbury, Connecticut]] to [[Catskill, New York]]
*[[Catskill Road]] 1750s from [[Springfield, Massachusetts]] to [[Catskill, New York]]<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 6 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="AncramTpk">[https://web.archive.org/web/20160101070204/http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/Northeast%20U.S.%20Migration%20Routes.htm Ancram Turnpike] in ''Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes'' (accessed 6 November 2014). The '''Ancram Turnpike''' went from Springield, MA to Catskill, NY; and was called the '''''Catskill Road'''''.</ref> <ref name="Morgan">Almira E Morgan, ''The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path'' (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. [http://tcpl.org/local-history/documents/nys-cny/Catskill_Turnpike.pdf Online digital copy].</ref> <ref name="CatskillTpk">[https://web.archive.org/web/20171123013016/http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com:80/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/Northeast%20U.S.%20Migration%20Routes.htm Catskill Turnpike] in ''Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes'' (accessed 6 November 2014). The '''Catskill Turnpike''' went west from Catskill, NY to Bath, NY; the east part was called the '''''Susquehanna Turnpike'''''.</ref> <ref>Huntting, 97-99.</ref>  
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*[[Catskill Road]] 1750s from [[Springfield, Massachusetts]] to [[Catskill, New York]]<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 6 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="AncramTpk">[https://web.archive.org/web/20160101070204/http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/Northeast%20U.S.%20Migration%20Routes.htm Ancram Turnpike] in ''Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes'' (accessed 6 November 2014). The '''Ancram Turnpike''' went from Springield, MA to Catskill, NY; and was called the '''''Catskill Road'''''.</ref> <ref name="Morgan">Almira E Morgan, ''The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path'' (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. [http://tcpl.org/local-history/documents/nys-cny/Catskill_Turnpike.pdf Online digital copy].</ref> <ref name="CatskillTpk">[https://web.archive.org/web/20171123013016/http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com:80/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/Northeast%20U.S.%20Migration%20Routes.htm Catskill Turnpike] in ''Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes'' (accessed 6 November 2014). The '''Catskill Turnpike''' went west from Catskill, NY to Bath, NY; the east part was called the '''''Susquehanna Turnpike'''''.</ref> <ref>Huntting, 97-99.</ref>
*'''''[[Catskill Turnpike]]&nbsp;''''' (aka '''Susquehannah Turnpike&nbsp;''') from Catskill, NY to Unadilla, NY; route travelled by Europeans by 1792; toll booths opened by 1804.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="Morgan" /> <ref>Anastassia Zinke, [http://www.catskillmtn.org/guide-magazine/articles/2001-11-the-susquehanna-turnpike-and-america-s-frontier-history.html The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History] in ''Catskill Mountain Foundation'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref>Joan Odess, [http://www.dcha-ny.org/turnpike.pdf The Susquehanna Turnpike] (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).</ref>  
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*'''''[[Catskill Turnpike]]&nbsp;''''' (aka '''Susquehannah Turnpike&nbsp;''') from Catskill, NY to Unadilla, NY; route travelled by Europeans by 1792; toll booths opened by 1804.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="Morgan" /> <ref>Anastassia Zinke, [http://www.catskillmtn.org/guide-magazine/articles/2001-11-the-susquehanna-turnpike-and-america-s-frontier-history.html The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History] in ''Catskill Mountain Foundation'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref>Joan Odess, [http://www.dcha-ny.org/turnpike.pdf The Susquehanna Turnpike] (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).</ref>
*Columbia (NY) Turnpike 1799  
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*Columbia (NY) Turnpike 1799
*Great Barrington and Aford (MA) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 186-88.</ref> 1812  
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*Great Barrington and Aford (MA) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 186-88.</ref> 1812
*[[Greenwood Road]]<ref>Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 348-49.</ref> 1799 from [[Hartford, Connecticut]] to [[Albany, New York]]  
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*[[Greenwood Road]]<ref>Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 348-49.</ref> 1799 from [[Hartford, Connecticut]] to [[Albany, New York]]
*Hampden and Berkshire (MA) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 203-205.</ref> 1826  
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*Hampden and Berkshire (MA) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 203-205.</ref> 1826
*Hillsdale and Chatham Turnpike 1805 from [[Alford, Massachusetts]] to [[Albany, New York]]  
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*Hillsdale and Chatham Turnpike 1805 from [[Alford, Massachusetts]] to [[Albany, New York]]
*Housatonic River (MA) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 166-67.</ref> 1809  
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*Housatonic River (MA) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 166-67.</ref> 1809
*Massachusetts 10th Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 76-78.</ref> 1800  
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*Massachusetts 10th Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 76-78.</ref> 1800
*Massachusetts 12th Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 79-80.</ref> 1812  
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*Massachusetts 12th Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 79-80.</ref> 1812
*[[Minsi Path]] 1766 from [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]] to [[Kingston, New York]]<ref>''Handybook'', 851.</ref> <ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlehem_Pike Bethlehem Pike] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 17 November 2014).</ref>  
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*[[Minsi Path]] 1766 from [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]] to [[Kingston, New York]]<ref>''Handybook'', 851.</ref> <ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlehem_Pike Bethlehem Pike] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 17 November 2014).</ref>
*Rensselaer and Columbia (NY) Turnpike 1799  
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*Rensselaer and Columbia (NY) Turnpike 1799
*Salisbury and Canaan (CT) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 363-64.</ref> 1801-1829  
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*Salisbury and Canaan (CT) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 363-64.</ref> 1801-1829
 
*[[Ulster and Delaware Turnpike]] 1802 from [[Salisbury, Connecticut]] to [[Bainbridge, New York]]
 
*[[Ulster and Delaware Turnpike]] 1802 from [[Salisbury, Connecticut]] to [[Bainbridge, New York]]
  
==== Military ====
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====Military====
  
===== Civil War =====
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=====Civil War=====
  
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932388|New York, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932388|New York, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
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:- [[6th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery|6th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery]], Company M.
 
:- [[6th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery|6th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery]], Company M.
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:- [[12th Regiment, New York Cavalry|12th Regiment, New York Cavalry]], Companies B, C and G.  
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:- [[62nd Regiment, New York Infantry|62nd Regiment, New York Infantry]]  
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:- [[91st Regiment, New York Infantry|91st Regiment, New York Infantry]], Companies E, H and I.
:- [[128th Regiment, New York Infantry|128th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Companies A, D, E, F, G and K.  
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:- [[128th Regiment, New York Infantry|128th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Companies A, D, E, F, G and K.
:- [[156th Regiment, New York Infantry|156th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Companies H, I and K.  
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:- [[156th Regiment, New York Infantry|156th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Companies H, I and K.
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:- [[159th Regiment, New York Infantry|159th Regiment, New York Infantry]], 2nd Company G.
 
:- [[159th Regiment, New York Infantry|159th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Companies A, C, D, E, G and I.
 
:- [[159th Regiment, New York Infantry|159th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Companies A, C, D, E, G and I.
  
 
[[New York in the Civil War|New York in the Civil War]]  
 
[[New York in the Civil War|New York in the Civil War]]  
  
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[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/columbia/ USGenNet - Columbia County]  
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'''Genealogical Resources''': Click on the town pages and then the Civil War Section. Lists men from that community that served in the Civil War. This is based on a 1878 history by Captain Franklin Ellis.  
 
'''Genealogical Resources''': Click on the town pages and then the Civil War Section. Lists men from that community that served in the Civil War. This is based on a 1878 history by Captain Franklin Ellis.  
  
 
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
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====Naturalization and Citizenship====
  
 
:*'''1791-1980''' {{RecordSearch|1999177|New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
:*'''1791-1980''' {{RecordSearch|1999177|New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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:*'''1917-1950''' {{RecordSearch|1840493|New York, Southern District Naturalization Index, 1917-1950}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. <br>
 
:*'''1917-1950''' {{RecordSearch|1840493|New York, Southern District Naturalization Index, 1917-1950}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. <br>
  
==== Newspapers ====
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====Newspapers====
  
 
{{NY Fulton}}  
 
{{NY Fulton}}  
  
:*''Chatham NY Courier ''1867-1967  
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:*''Chatham NY Courier ''1867-1967
:*''Chatham NY Republican ''1886-1898  
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:*''Chatham NY Republican ''1886-1898
 
:*''Hudson NY Evening Register ''1867-1944
 
:*''Hudson NY Evening Register ''1867-1944
  
 
[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers for Pittsfield, Massachusetts newspapers (1858-1977) and North Adams, Massachusetts newspapers (1895-1977) covering local news that included Columbia County residents.  
 
[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers for Pittsfield, Massachusetts newspapers (1858-1977) and North Adams, Massachusetts newspapers (1895-1977) covering local news that included Columbia County residents.  
  
==== Obituaries ====
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==== Periodicals ====
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====Periodicals====
  
==== Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc. ====
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====Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.====
  
==== Probate Records ====
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====Probate Records====
  
 
{{NYProbate}}<br>{{NYProbate petitions|Columbia}}<br>The petitions for {{PAGENAME}} are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers:  
 
{{NYProbate}}<br>{{NYProbate petitions|Columbia}}<br>The petitions for {{PAGENAME}} are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers:  
  
*'''1830–1880''' Listed as "will papers" and "administration papers" {{FHL|307213|item|disp=FHL Film 587933 (77 films)Will papers }} and {{FHL|247251|item|disp=FHL Film 479417 (37 films)Administration papers}}. [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to use FamilySearch Catalog ]]<br>
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*'''1830–1880''' Listed as "will papers" and "administration papers" {{FHL|307213|item|disp=FHL Film 587933 (77 films)Will papers }} and {{FHL|247251|item|disp=FHL Film 479417 (37 films)Administration papers}}. [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|How to use FamilySearch Catalog]] <br>
  
 
'''Online Probate Indexes'''  
 
'''Online Probate Indexes'''  
  
*'''1629 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1920234|New York Probate Records 1629-1971}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images  
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*'''1629 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1920234|New York Probate Records 1629-1971}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
*'''1659 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8800 New York Wills and Probate Records 1659-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $  
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*'''1659 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8800 New York Wills and Probate Records 1659-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*'''1786-1904''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/wills/ny/newyork.htm#columbia SAMPUBCO] - Browsable index of testators of wills.<br>  
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*'''1786-1904''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/wills/ny/newyork.htm#columbia SAMPUBCO] - Browsable index of testators of wills.<br>
*'''1786-1851''' - Barber, Gertrude A. ''Calendar of Wills of Columbia County, New York''. 8 vols. New York, 1935. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25766 Ancestry] ($).<br>  
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*'''1786-1851''' - Barber, Gertrude A. ''Calendar of Wills of Columbia County, New York''. 8 vols. New York, 1935. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25766 Ancestry] ($).<br>
*'''1787-1835''' [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=094&Da=7 Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835] at [http://newyorkancestors.org/ New York Ancestors] ($); includes {{PAGENAME}}.<ref>About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.</ref>  
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*'''1787-1835''' [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=094&Da=7 Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835] at [http://newyorkancestors.org/ New York Ancestors] ($); includes {{PAGENAME}}.<ref>About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.</ref>
 
*'''1866 - 1923''' {{RecordSearch|1466356|New York Kings County Estate Files 1866-1923}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
 
*'''1866 - 1923''' {{RecordSearch|1466356|New York Kings County Estate Files 1866-1923}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
  
 
<br> '''Probate Records on Microfilm'''  
 
<br> '''Probate Records on Microfilm'''  
  
*'''1786-1920''' Will books and index, 1786-1904; decrees on settlements of accounts, 1880-1901; letters testamentary and administrations, 1830-1904; letters of administration, 1787-1903; records of bonds, guardians, trustees, administrators, and executors, 1890-1903; minutes of proceedings, 1831-1920 {{FHL|307213|item|disp=FHL Film 479108 (125 films)}}.  
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*'''1786-1920''' Will books and index, 1786-1904; decrees on settlements of accounts, 1880-1901; letters testamentary and administrations, 1830-1904; letters of administration, 1787-1903; records of bonds, guardians, trustees, administrators, and executors, 1890-1903; minutes of proceedings, 1831-1920 {{FHL|307213|item|disp=FHL Film 479108 (125 films)}}.
*'''1830-1880''' Administration papers {{FHL|247251|item|disp=FHL Film 479417 (37 films)}}.  
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*'''1830-1880''' Administration papers {{FHL|247251|item|disp=FHL Film 479417 (37 films)}}.
 
*'''early-1880''' Guardian papers {{FHL|238374|item|disp=FHL Film 479386 (29 films)}}.
 
*'''early-1880''' Guardian papers {{FHL|238374|item|disp=FHL Film 479386 (29 films)}}.
  
 
{{NY FamilySearch Catalog Probate|Columbia+County|494421}}
 
{{NY FamilySearch Catalog Probate|Columbia+County|494421}}
  
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'''Columbia County Historian'''<br>Mary J. Howell<br>490 County Route 10<br>Germantown, New York 12526<br>518-828-3442; 518-828-2969(fax)  
 
'''Columbia County Historian'''<br>Mary J. Howell<br>490 County Route 10<br>Germantown, New York 12526<br>518-828-3442; 518-828-2969(fax)  
  
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=====Archives, Libraries and Museums=====
  
 
ARCHIVES<br>  
 
ARCHIVES<br>  
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There are twelve public libraries in Columbia County New York, one of which is a Branch Library. They belong to the [http://gigcat.midhudson.org/ Mid-Hudson Library System] that serves the communities of Columbia, Duchess, Greene, Putnam, and Ulster Counties. They share a catalog that includes a sizable collection of Genealogical materials. The shared catalog is found on the library systems main page. For information on the individual libraries in Columbia County, [[Columbia County New York Public Libraries|click here.]]  
 
There are twelve public libraries in Columbia County New York, one of which is a Branch Library. They belong to the [http://gigcat.midhudson.org/ Mid-Hudson Library System] that serves the communities of Columbia, Duchess, Greene, Putnam, and Ulster Counties. They share a catalog that includes a sizable collection of Genealogical materials. The shared catalog is found on the library systems main page. For information on the individual libraries in Columbia County, [[Columbia County New York Public Libraries|click here.]]  
  
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Mary Howell, [http://www.columbiacountyny.com/dept_contacts.html Historian]<br>490 County Route 10<br>Germantown, NY 12526<br>Also:<br>610 State Street<br>Hudson, NY 12534<br>Phone: (518) 828-3442<br>Fax: (518) 828-2969<br>E-mail: mhowell@govt.co.columbia.ny.us  
 
Mary Howell, [http://www.columbiacountyny.com/dept_contacts.html Historian]<br>490 County Route 10<br>Germantown, NY 12526<br>Also:<br>610 State Street<br>Hudson, NY 12534<br>Phone: (518) 828-3442<br>Fax: (518) 828-2969<br>E-mail: mhowell@govt.co.columbia.ny.us  
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[[Image:First Columbia County courthouse, Claverack, NY.jpg|thumb|right|200px|First Columbia County courthouse, Claverack, NY.jpg]]  
 
[[Image:First Columbia County courthouse, Claverack, NY.jpg|thumb|right|200px|First Columbia County courthouse, Claverack, NY.jpg]]  
  
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The Columbia County Clerk's office has marriage, court, land and naturalization records. The Surrogate court has probate records. For further information about where the records for Columbia County are held, see the [[Columbia County, New York Courthouse|Columbia County Courthouse]] page.  
 
The Columbia County Clerk's office has marriage, court, land and naturalization records. The Surrogate court has probate records. For further information about where the records for Columbia County are held, see the [[Columbia County, New York Courthouse|Columbia County Courthouse]] page.  
  
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[http://cchsny.org/ Columbia County Historical Society] - [http://www.hrvh.org/collections/inst-intro.htm?inst=23 digital collections]<br>5 Albany Ave.<br>PO Box 311<br>Kinderhook, NY 12106. <br>Telephone(518) 758-9265<br>Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, &amp; Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sundays by appointment<br>  
 
[http://cchsny.org/ Columbia County Historical Society] - [http://www.hrvh.org/collections/inst-intro.htm?inst=23 digital collections]<br>5 Albany Ave.<br>PO Box 311<br>Kinderhook, NY 12106. <br>Telephone(518) 758-9265<br>Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, &amp; Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sundays by appointment<br>  
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:Counties served: Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, '''Columbia''', Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Oreleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Washington, Wayne, Warren, Wyoming, and Yates.<br><br>
  
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:*[http://www.facebook.com/search/results.php?q=Lewis%20Historical&init=quick&tas=0.6579933515055042#!/cchsny Columbia County Historical Society] - Facebook.<br>
 
:*[http://www.facebook.com/search/results.php?q=Lewis%20Historical&init=quick&tas=0.6579933515055042#!/cchsny Columbia County Historical Society] - Facebook.<br>
  
 
:*[http://www.facebook.com/NewYorkGenealogy New York Genealogy Research Community] (FamilySearch on Facebook)
 
:*[http://www.facebook.com/NewYorkGenealogy New York Genealogy Research Community] (FamilySearch on Facebook)
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:*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/columbiacountynygenealogy Columbia County New York Genealogy Facebook Group]
  
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:*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/columbia/vitals/index_vitals.htm Index Vital Records Columbia County, New York] at [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
 
:*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/columbia/vitals/index_vitals.htm Index Vital Records Columbia County, New York] at [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
  
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:*See ''Town Clerks' Registers of Men who Served in the Civil War'' in the Civil War section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Military|Military]] for birth information.<br>
  
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:*'''1639-1962''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=new%20york%2cny New York, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
:*'''1639-1962''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=new%20york%2cny New York, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
  
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:*'''1824-1851''' Harriett M. Wiles, ''Marriages Copied From the Rural Repository, Published in Hudson, N.Y.'' 4 vols. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16723 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 
:*'''1824-1851''' Harriett M. Wiles, ''Marriages Copied From the Rural Repository, Published in Hudson, N.Y.'' 4 vols. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16723 Ancestry] ($).<br>
  
:*'''1847''' [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/columbia/vitals/rural_repository_1847.htm Marriage Records from the ''Rural Repository'', published at Hudson, Columbia County, New York] at [http://www.usgennet.org/ USGenNet] - free.<br>  
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:*'''1847''' [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/columbia/vitals/rural_repository_1847.htm Marriage Records from the ''Rural Repository'', published at Hudson, Columbia County, New York] at [http://www.usgennet.org/ USGenNet] - free.<br>
  
 
:*'''1856–1863''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49240 ''Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. These newspaper notices refer to people up and down the East Coast as well as mid-westerners and persons from as far west as the State of California. Also brouseable.<br>
 
:*'''1856–1863''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49240 ''Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. These newspaper notices refer to people up and down the East Coast as well as mid-westerners and persons from as far west as the State of California. Also brouseable.<br>
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:*'''1874-5''' [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/columbia/1875/1875_marriages.htm Marriages from the 1875 State Census, Columbia County, New York] at [http://www.usgennet.org/ USGenNet] - free.<br>
 
:*'''1874-5''' [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/columbia/1875/1875_marriages.htm Marriages from the 1875 State Census, Columbia County, New York] at [http://www.usgennet.org/ USGenNet] - free.<br>
  
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:*'''1824-1962''' - {{RecordSearch|2373798|New York, Church and Civil Deaths, 1824-1962}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
:*'''1824-1962''' - {{RecordSearch|2373798|New York, Church and Civil Deaths, 1824-1962}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
:*'''1880-1956''' - {{RecordSearch|2803479|New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
:*'''1880-1956''' - {{RecordSearch|2803479|New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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:*'''1823-1828''' Wiles, Harriett M. ''Marriages and Deaths from the Northern Whig. Published in Hudson, N.Y., 1823-1828.'' 1952. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=15105 Ancestry] ($).
 
:*'''1823-1828''' Wiles, Harriett M. ''Marriages and Deaths from the Northern Whig. Published in Hudson, N.Y., 1823-1828.'' 1952. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=15105 Ancestry] ($).
  
:*'''1824-1825, 1828-1851''' Wiles, Harriett M. ''Deaths Copied from the Rural Respository. Published in Hudson, N.Y.'' 3 vols. 1988. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16725 Ancestry] ($).<br>  
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:*'''1824-1825, 1828-1851''' Wiles, Harriett M. ''Deaths Copied from the Rural Respository. Published in Hudson, N.Y.'' 3 vols. 1988. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16725 Ancestry] ($).<br>
:*'''1847''' [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/columbia/vitals/1847_deaths.htm Death Records from the ''Rural Repository'', published at Hudson, Columbia County, New York] at [http://www.usgennet.org/ USGenNet ]- free.<br>
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:*'''1847''' [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/columbia/vitals/1847_deaths.htm Death Records from the ''Rural Repository'', published at Hudson, Columbia County, New York] at [http://www.usgennet.org/ USGenNet] - free.<br>
  
 
:*'''1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80''' See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for death information.<br>
 
:*'''1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80''' See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for death information.<br>
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newyork/columbia-county/ Columbia County, NY History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116552830480687209686 New York Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[http://columbia.nygenweb.net/contents.html The Columbia County NYGenWeb Project], an member of [[NYGenWeb|The NYGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
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*[http://columbia.nygenweb.net/contents.html The Columbia County NYGenWeb Project], an member of [[NYGenWeb|The NYGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/columbia/columbia.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Columbia County. (Mirror site)
 
*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/NY/Columbia-County.htm Columbia County Genealogy]
 
*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/NY/Columbia-County.htm Columbia County Genealogy]
  
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Latest revision as of 07:23, 19 May 2020

Guide to Columbia County, New York ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

This page describes sources of genealogical data about Columbia County, New York Genealogy families, including links to smaller localities at the bottom of this page. New York-related pages show useful statewide sources. United States pages explain the terminology and contents of genealogical records.


Columbia County, New York
Map
Map of New York highlighting Columbia County
Location in the state of New York
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Facts
Founded 1786
County Seat Hudson
Courthouse
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Address 401 State St.
Hudson, NY 12534
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Columbia County New York Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Christopher Columbus. The County is located in the east area of the state. [1]

Columbia County, New York Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1908 1880 1825 1790 1787 1663
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1880. General compliance for births by 1915 and deaths by 1890.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

Created 4 April 1786 from Albany County.[3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating New York County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation New York County Boundary Maps" (1683-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

No changes

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Hamlets
Census-designated places


Columbia County New York Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1581–1917 New York, Family Bible Records at Ancestry– ($); Index. Database is a collection of genealogically important records taken from the Bibles of colony and state residents. Reveals the Bible's original owner, brief record of descendants,and a particular event such as birth or marriage as recorded in Bible.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories
Findagrave.com* Family History Library* Findagrave.com*
Interment.net* WorldCat* Tombstone Project*
Cemetery Site*   Names in Stone*
New York Gravestones*   Billion Graves*
NYGenWeb*    
Billion Graves*    
Names in Stone*    
Linkpendium*    
Ancestry*    
   *See the New York Cemeteries page for details about each site.

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Census[edit | edit source]

For information and tips on using and accessing online census records, see New York Census.

Federal[edit | edit source]

U.S. Census Mortality Schedules for New York, 1850-1880:

  • Available online at Ancestry ($).
  • Deaths are included for the 12 months prior to the census, 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, and 1879-80 beginning 1 June and ending 31 May of the census year.[5]
  • Basic contents of the records include: Name, sex, age, color, marital status, place of birth, month of death, occupation, and cause of death. 1870 also has parents' birthplace. 1880 lists how long a resident of the county.
  • Also on FHL Films 1415128–42.
  • The 1890 Census is lost. For a substitute, see directories.
State[edit | edit source]
Source 1825 1835 1845 1855 1865 1875 1892 1905 1915 1925
Ancestry.com - - - Yes - Yes - - Yes Yes
Family History Library - - - Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes Yes
FamilySearch images - - - Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes Yes
New York State Library - - Yes Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes Yes

New York State 1865 and 1875 Census Marriage, Mortality; and 1865 Soldier Mortality records:

  • Images available online at New York State Census, 1865 and New York State Census, 1875. Click on the link to go to the page, then click on the ‘Browse through images’ link and select your county, then select an ancestor's town and browse to the end of the population schedule until you find the Marriage, Mortality, and 1865 soldier mortality schedules.
  • Includes marriages and deaths for the 12 months prior to the census, ending 1 June of the census year.
  • Marriage entry content: Husband's name, wife's name, ages and previous marital status, month and day and place of marriage, and church or civil ceremony.
  • Death entry content: Name, age, sex, color, marital status, month and day of death, native state or country, occupation and cause of death.
  • 1865 deaths of officers and enlisted men entry content: Name, age, marital status, citizenship status, enlistment date, original regiment, original rank, regiment at death, rank at death, promotions, death date and place, manner of death, surviving associates, and burial place.
  • Also on microfilm. See the Family History Library line in the above State Census Chart.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records are good substitutes for birth, marriage, and death information and are most often found on a local city/town or county level.  Published and manuscript church records can be found at public, university, and private libraries.

For a brief general history of denominations and a guide to finding various New York denomination's records, see New York Church Records Wiki page.

Dutch Reformed[edit | edit source]

The Dutch Reformed Church at Claverack has records dating from the 1720s.

Latter-day Saints (Mormons)[edit | edit source]
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  • 1930-1941 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hudson District. FHL film 1962 Items 1-2 Records of members could include vital information, baptisms, and other church-related data.
Catholic[edit | edit source]

Ann Mensch's Local Catholic Church and Family History & Genealogical Research Guide is a free online resource that identifies the parishes of Columbia County, years parishes were created, contact information, as well as links to online records and research tips. Columbia County parishes fall under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Albany.

Additional Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Columbia County, New York Genealogy Church Records  in online catalogs like:

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Ancestors may have also been involved in municipal, state, or federal court cases. See also New York Court Records and United States Court Records.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Genealogy[edit | edit source]

  • Rootsweb message board for Columbia County, New York Genealogy has many information threads about families that resided in that county. There is a search engine that allows you to search by surname and topic.

History[edit | edit source]

Additional Resources:

USGenNet - Columbia County

Schenectady Digital History Archive includes "Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: Index to Families" includes people from Columbia County.

Genealogical Resources: Click on the town pages. Brief histories for some of the towns are given. This is based on a 1878 history by Captain Franklin Ellis.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See New York Land and Property for more details, especially about the papers generated in New York State by large speculative land companies.

Original land records in Columbia County, New York Genealogy began in [?dateyear?]. These records are housed at the [?repository?] in [?town?].

Online

Microforms

Books

Additional land records can sometimes be found using these catalogs:

Additional resources

Additional resources for Columbia County, New York Genealogy land records may be found in the Columbia County, New York Genealogy – Land Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche may be available for viewing at various Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Migration[edit | edit source]

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Migration routes for early European settlers to and from Columbia County, New York Genealogy included:[6]

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Town registers. The New York town clerks kept a bound register of all soldiers from their town serving in the Civil War 1861-1865. Registers are arranged by county, and town. Some town registers are missing. The registers include an index at the start of each town.

Content. Many register entries include full name, residence, date and place of birth, parents names, marital status, date of enlistment and muster and rank, discharges, death, or promotion.

Access. The original registers are at the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. Microfilm copies are found at the Family History Library (FHL Film 1993401-37). They are also indexed and available at Ancestry.com ($).

Available towns. Registers are available for: Ancram · Austerlitz · Canaan · Chatham · Claverack · Clermont · Copake · Germantown · Ghent · Greenport · Hillsdale · Kinderhook · Livingston · New Lebanon · Stockport · STuyvesant · Taghkanic.

Regiments. Service men in Columbia County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.[27]

- 6th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery, Company M.
- 6th Regiment, New York Cavalry, Company M.
- 12th Regiment, New York Cavalry, Companies B, C and G.
- 14th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies I and K.
- 20th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company H.
- 62nd Regiment, New York Infantry
- 65th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company B.
- 91st Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies E, H and I.
- 128th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies A, D, E, F, G and K.
- 156th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies H, I and K.
- 159th Regiment, New York Infantry, 2nd Company G.
- 159th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies A, C, D, E, G and I.

New York in the Civil War

USGenNet - Columbia County

Genealogical Resources: Click on the town pages and then the Civil War Section. Lists men from that community that served in the Civil War. This is based on a 1878 history by Captain Franklin Ellis.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Old Fulton NY Post Cards has the largest online collection of 400 New York 1795-2007 newspapers. The instructions for this quirky site are needed to get the most out of it.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards has the following Columbia County, New York Genealogy newspaper images:

  • Chatham NY Courier 1867-1967
  • Chatham NY Republican 1886-1898
  • Hudson NY Evening Register 1867-1944

Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers for Pittsfield, Massachusetts newspapers (1858-1977) and North Adams, Massachusetts newspapers (1895-1977) covering local news that included Columbia County residents.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records including original estates and wills for New York are held in the office of the county Surrogate Court beginning in 1787, or when the county was formed. Prior to 1787, most are housed at the New York State Archives. See New York Probate Records for more information about using probate records.
Content:  Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types:  Wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distribution.

Probate Petitions

In 1830, state law required the Surrogate Court clerk to issue a probate petition for a deceased individual with property. This petition, unique to New York, usually lists the deceased's death date. It also lists the heirs, their relationship to the deceased, and their residence. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 479. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004. Henry B. Hoff, "Navigating New York Probate," American Ancestors 12 (Fall 2011): 57.


These petitions are often found in the estate files and can be obtained from the county Surrogate Court.



The petitions for Columbia County, New York Genealogy are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers:

Online Probate Indexes


Probate Records on Microfilm

  • 1786-1920 Will books and index, 1786-1904; decrees on settlements of accounts, 1880-1901; letters testamentary and administrations, 1830-1904; letters of administration, 1787-1903; records of bonds, guardians, trustees, administrators, and executors, 1890-1903; minutes of proceedings, 1831-1920 FHL Film 479108 (125 films).
  • 1830-1880 Administration papers FHL Film 479417 (37 films).
  • early-1880 Guardian papers FHL Film 479386 (29 films).

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Columbia County, New York Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Columbia County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1987). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.739 A3. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Columbia County Historian
Mary J. Howell
490 County Route 10
Germantown, New York 12526
518-828-3442; 518-828-2969(fax)

Archives, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

ARCHIVES

Columbia County, NY On-Line History
On-Line Historical Archives
This is a growing collection of transcripts, indexes, and photographs related to the history of Columbia County, NY. It includes oral histories and folklore, several gazetteers, federal and state censuses, early probates, deeds, private papers, and more.

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

There are twelve public libraries in Columbia County New York, one of which is a Branch Library. They belong to the Mid-Hudson Library System that serves the communities of Columbia, Duchess, Greene, Putnam, and Ulster Counties. They share a catalog that includes a sizable collection of Genealogical materials. The shared catalog is found on the library systems main page. For information on the individual libraries in Columbia County, click here.

County Historian's Office[edit | edit source]

Mary Howell, Historian
490 County Route 10
Germantown, NY 12526
Also:
610 State Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: (518) 828-3442
Fax: (518) 828-2969
E-mail: mhowell@govt.co.columbia.ny.us

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.

First Columbia County courthouse, Claverack, NY.jpg
Courthouses[edit | edit source]

The Columbia County Clerk's office has marriage, court, land and naturalization records. The Surrogate court has probate records. For further information about where the records for Columbia County are held, see the Columbia County Courthouse page.

Family History Center[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Columbia County, New York Genealogy is the Kingston New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Columbia County Historical Society - digital collections
5 Albany Ave.
PO Box 311
Kinderhook, NY 12106.
Telephone(518) 758-9265
Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sundays by appointment

The Columbia County Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the history of Columbia County, NY. The Society owns and operates three historic properties and a museum, open year-round. They include the Columbia County Museum, the James Vanderpoel House, and the Luykas Van Alen House.

  • Columbia County Museum
    5 Albany Avenue
    Kinderhook, NY 12106
    The Columbia County Museum houses the Columbia County Historical Society offices, research library, collections storage and exhibit space. It appears to be the only museum belonging to the historical society with collections for genealogical research.

Capital District Genealogical Society[29]
Empire State Plaza Station
PO Box 2175
Albany, NY 12220-0175

Counties served: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Washington.
$3 for non-member queries in their newsletter. Monthly meetings. They staff a genealogy support desk at the Town of Colonie Library.

Central New York Genealogical Society[30]
Box 104, Calvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205
E-mail: CNYSG@yahoo.com

Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publication: Tree Talks (At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 B2t) quarterly with annual index.
Counties served: Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Oreleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Washington, Wayne, Warren, Wyoming, and Yates.

Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit source]

Town records in New York may include early births, marriages, deaths, divorces, local histories, selected military records, and town meeting minutes. Vital records from 1880/1882 are kept by town and village clerks, although some (Kent’s and Putnam Valley’s) are available in the County Historian’s Office. For further details, try the links to individual town Wiki pages found in Places. See also:

The County Archives has the following records:

  • 031 Petitions, Licenses, and recognizance to sell liquor (Tavern licenses) 1813-1878
  • 139 Monthly Reports of Hunting and fishing licenses, 1908-1938
  • 165 Certificates of Qualifications as Examiner in Lunacy, 1883-1947

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records of birth, marriage or death were first recorded at the local level in the village clerk, town clerk, or city clerk’s ledger book. If you know where a birth, marriage or death took place, a copy of the certificate or record may be obtained by writing to the town, village or city clerk. See also How to order New York Vital Records or order electronically online.

See the heading Places on this wiki page for links to local community wiki pages and their available records. See New York Vital Records for a discussion about beginning dates and availability of vital records in New York.

Use substitute records for birth, marriage, and death information. These substitute records include Bible Records, Cemeteries, Church Records, Newspapers, and Probate Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Early births were recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) The New York State Department of Health (state level) began recording births in 1881. Births were not recorded on the county level.

Birth Substitutes

  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men who Served in the Civil War in the Civil War section of Military for birth information.
Marriage[edit | edit source]

Early marriages were sometimes recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. In 1880, town clerks were to record the marriage and a copy was sent to the New York State Department of Health (state level). Town clerks continue to record marriages. The marriages in this county were recorded by the county clerk from 1908 until 1934.[31]

Marriage Substitutes

  • 1800–1855 New York Marriage Notices at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage notices published in newspapers around the state. Contains name of bride and groom, marriage date, marriage location, residence, and newspaper found in.
  • 1804–1850 Fred Q. Bowman, 8000 More Vital Records of Eastern New York State, 1804-1850 (Rhinebeck, New York: Kinship Books, 1991). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.7 V2bfqa. Abstracts of newspaper marriage and death columns.
  • 1824-1851 Harriett M. Wiles, Marriages Copied From the Rural Repository, Published in Hudson, N.Y. 4 vols. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1864-5, 1874-5 See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for marriage information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.
Divorce[edit | edit source]

Pre–1787

All divorces were granted by the governor or legislature and were very rare.

1787–1847

All divorces were granted by the court of chancery. These records are found in the New York State Archives or for the New York City area at the New York County Clerk's office.These divorces were granted only on the grounds of adultery.

1847–present

All divorces are handled by the county Supreme Court where the divorce was granted. Divorce files in New York are sealed for 100 years. Contact the County Clerk for information about divorce records.

Divorce judgment papers often include date and place of the marriage and the names and birthdates of any children. Local newspapers may publish notices of divorce actions.

Death[edit | edit source]

Early deaths were recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) The New York State Department of Health (state level) began recording deaths in 1881. Deaths were not recorded on the county level.

Death Indexes

Death Substitutes

  • 1804–1850 Fred Q. Bowman, 8000 More Vital Records of Eastern New York State, 1804-1850 (Rhinebeck, New York: Kinship Books, 1991). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.7 V2bfqa. Abstracts of newspaper marriage and death columns.
  • 1823-1828 Wiles, Harriett M. Marriages and Deaths from the Northern Whig. Published in Hudson, N.Y., 1823-1828. 1952. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of Census for death information.
  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War in the Civil War section of Military for death information.
  • 1864-5, 1874-5 See Mortality Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for death information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Columbia County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Columbia– Vital Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Columbia County New York Places[edit | edit source]

Columbia County New York Genealogy Websites[edit | edit source]

Columbia County New York Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Columbus, New York" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_County,_New_York accessed 19 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Columbia County, New York. Page 488-493 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 490-492.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 488. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Columbia County, New York," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_County,_New_York, accessed 20 December 2019.
  5. Arlene Eakle, and Johni Cerni, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1984), 103. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27ts.
  6. Handybook, 847-61.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Old Albany Post Road" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Albany_Post_Road (accessed 23 June 2011).
  8. Frederic J. Wood, The Turnpikes of New England and the Evolution of the Same Through England, Virginia, and Maryland (Boston: Marshall Jones, 1919), map between 56 and 57, and 168. Internet Archive version online.
  9. Isaac Huntting, History of the Little Nine Partners of North East Precinct and Pine Plains, New York, Dutchess County (Amenia, NY: Chas. Walsh, 1897), 99-101. Google Book edition.
  10. List of turnpikes in New York in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 6 November 2014).
  11. Ancram Turnpike in Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes (accessed 6 November 2014). The Ancram Turnpike went from Springield, MA to Catskill, NY; and was called the Catskill Road.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Almira E Morgan, The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. Online digital copy.
  13. Catskill Turnpike in Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes (accessed 6 November 2014). The Catskill Turnpike went west from Catskill, NY to Bath, NY; the east part was called the Susquehanna Turnpike.
  14. Huntting, 97-99.
  15. List of turnpikes in New York in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 1 November 2014).
  16. Anastassia Zinke, The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History in Catskill Mountain Foundation (accessed 1 November 2014).
  17. Joan Odess, The Susquehanna Turnpike (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).
  18. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 186-88.
  19. Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 348-49.
  20. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 203-205.
  21. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 166-67.
  22. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 76-78.
  23. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 79-80.
  24. Handybook, 851.
  25. Bethlehem Pike in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 17 November 2014).
  26. Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 363-64.
  27. Frederick Phisterer, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912). Internet Archive digital copy; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 1486494-96; Fiche 6083559-64; Book 974.7 M2p.
  28. About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.
  29. Capital District Genealogical Society (Internet site) at http://www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org/index.html (accessed 31 October 2011).
  30. Central New York Genealogical Society at http://cnygs.org/ (accessed 13 June 2018).
  31. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 488-493. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.