Where can I find birth, marriage, and death certificates?

In general, vital records are kept by municipal registrars (town and village clerks) from about 1881 to present. 

New York State did not require birth, death, or marriage records to be kept until that time, but starting about 1881, birth and death records may be available from the local registrar of the municipality where the event occurred. Marriage records are available from the town clerk where the marriage license was issued. If the location of these events is unknown, check Reclaim the Records to access an index. Click here for town clerks' contact information and their vital records holdings.

For vital events before 1880, you can work with newspapers, published histories, church records, census records, and other resources to help fill in your family tree. The County Historian's Office does have some vital records from 1847-1849 and other years indexed by name on our Online Records Index.

Keep in mind that events prior to 1850 in this region of New York are poorly documented, and many times it is impossible to prove relationships or important dates. Contact us with your questions, hopefully we can help!


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