This is a list of free Albany County, New York Genealogy Records online with some links to offsite records. This list will continue to be updated with more Albany County family history resources.


“Albany is the oldest continuing settlement in the nation. The City of Albany still serves under its original charter, which dates back to July 22, 1686, and has been the capital of New York State since 1797. …The region that would become Albany County was settled by French and then Dutch fur traders in the early 17th century after Henry Hudson voyaged up “La Grande Riviere” (later named the Hudson River) in his ship the Half Moon, searching for a trade route to the Far East.” – Albany County Official Website




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Birth, Marriage, & Death Records



Birth Indexes & Birth Records

Birth and death records are filed with the New York State Health Department

800 North Pearl Street, 2nd Floor – Room 200
Menands, NY 12204
Weekdays: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Information about town vital statistics (including births and deaths) also contact the the city, town or village clerk:

  • Albany City: (518) 434-5045, City Vital Statistics, City Hall, Room 254M, Albany, NY 12207
  • Altamont (Village): (518) 861-8554
  • Berne: (518) 872-1448
  • Bethlehem: (518) 439-4955
  • Coeymans: (518) 756-2100
  • Cohoes (City): (518) 237-7648
  • Colonie: (518) 783-2734
  • Colonie (Village): (518) 869-7562
  • Green Island: (518) 273-0661
  • Green Island (Village): (518) 273-2201
  • Guilderland: (518) 356-1980
  • Knox: (518) 872-2551
  • Menands (Village): (518) 434-2922
  • New Scotland: (518) 439-4865
  • Ravena (Village): (518) 756-8233
  • Rensselaerville: (518) 797-3798
  • Watervliet (City): (518) 270-3810
  • Westerlo: (518) 797-3111
  • Voorheesville (Village): (518) 765-2692



Marriage Indexes & Marriage Records

“Albany County Marriage Records – The Hall of Records holds marriage records from 1870-1954 for the City of Albany. For a more recent record from the City of Albany, contact the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall at (518) 434-5090. In New York State, marriage licenses are issued only by city and town clerks, and the marriage did not have to take place in that city or town. If you don’t know which city or town clerk issued the marriage license, the best solution is to contact the New York State Health Department.”



Death Indexes & Death Records











Wills & Probate

“Probate records are in the Surrogate’s Court of each county. Albany County Surrogate Court is located at the Albany County Courthouse, 16 Eagle Street, Room 123, Albany, NY 12207-1077. Their phone number is (518) 285-8585.”








Citizenship & Naturalization











  • Albany County – Albany County Almshouse Records, 1806-2004 – The following collection of records consists of record series created by the Albany County Almshouse as well as related records from various city and county agencies that interacted with the Almshouse.







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Daily Life Records











Church History


Court Records

“The County Clerk’s Office holds records for the Supreme and County Courts. The Albany County Clerk is located at the Albany County Courthouse, Room 128, 16 Eagle Street, Albany NY 12207-1077. The phone number is (518) 487-5100. Family Court records are in the custody of Family Court located at 30 Clinton Avenue. The phone number is (518) 285-8600.”

The Albany County Clerk holds Deeds, Mortgages, Divorce Records, Supreme Court Records After 1919

Albany County Clerk
County Court House, Room 128
16 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207-1077
(518) 487-5100

The Albany County Surrogate Court holds Wills and Letters of Administration

Surrogate Court
Family Court Building
Albany, New York 12207
(518) 285-8585






Employees, Officials, & Occupations
















Libraries, Museums, & Archives



Magazines & Periodicals






Notarial Records



Photographs, Postcards, Exhibits



Prisons & Prisoners

  • Albany County – Albany County Jail and Penitentiary Records, 1825-1976
    This group of records consists of admission and discharge registers and financial ledgers for the Albany Penitentiary (Albany County Correctional Facility) during the 19th and early part of the 20th century.























Modern Helps

Modern Helps-Finding Aid for Albany County Hall of Records


Historical Records onsite at Albany County Hall of Records

Hall of Records
95 Tovoli Street
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 436-3663
(518) 436-3678 (fax)
[email protected]
Weekdays: 8:30am – 4:30pm


The following documents will provide you with more information about the holdings of the Albany County Hall of Records.

Chattel Mortgages, 1833-1904
This series contains handwritten and typed chattel mortgages. A chattel mortgage is a loan arrangement in which an item of movable personal property (“chattel”) is used as security. The bulk of these records provide rich and detailed information regarding business and personal transactions that took place throughout the 19th century in and around Albany, including: breweries; steam boats; barges; pharmacies; blacksmith shops; railroads; hotels; and more.

Inside/Outside: Finding a Sense of Place. A Building Research Manual for Albany County
A guide to researching the history of a building: when it was built, the changes and additions to the structure over the years, and information on its past occupants. This finding aid includes a manual illustrating how to conduct the research as well as guide to those records stored at the Hall of Records used in the research.

Off the Record: A Guide to the Special Research Collections of the Albany County Hall of Records
This guide includes an alphabetical listing of 1500 subject files pertaining to the history of Albany County compiled by the Bureau of Historical Services as well as a guide to the oral histories held at the Hall of Records.

Vestiges of Antiquity and Truth: A Guide to the Court Records at the Albany County Hall of Records
This guide provides a history of all Albany County courts past and present with a descriptive listing of all records for each court.

World Our Fathers Made: A Survey of the Records in the County of Albany During the Constitutional Era. 1783-1815
A guide to all the records at the Albany County Hall of Records that pertain to the Constitutional Era (1783-1815). It also includes records of the towns and cities of Albany County for this time period.

Records held onsite by Albany County

Most of these records are immediately available in the Albany County Clerk’s office. For some older records, the Clerk’s office will need to retrieve records from off-site storage, which may take 24 hours.

Deeds 1630 – Present
Mortgages 1630 – Present
Judgements 1877 – Present
Federal Liens 1966 – Present
Building Loans Most recent 6 years
Certificate of Assumed Business Names (DBA) 1916 – Present
Release of Estate Tax Liens 1877 – Present
Court Records 1793 – Present
Divorces 1890 – Present
Patents 1784 – Present
Public Improvement Loans 1987 – Present
Certificates of Partnership 1883 – Present
Convictions 1896 – Present
Military Discharges 1917 – Present
Hospital Liens Most recent 12 years
Mechanic Liens Current 6 years
Miscellaneous Records-Corporations 1830 – Present
Miscellaneous Records-Individuals 1895 – Present
Uniform Commercial Codes Current 5 years
Welfare Liens 1968 – Present
Wage Assignments Most recent 6 years
Lien for Common Charge 1977 – Present
Demolitions 1965 – Present
Tax Delinquency – In Rem Proceedings 1922 – Present
Redemption Certificates 1963 – Present
State Tax Warrants 1971 – Present
Index to Incompetents 1963 – Present
Notice of Pendency 1987 – Present
Surrenders 1942 – Present
Adoptions 1886 – 1971
Selected Wills 1691 – 1833 and 1894 – 1976






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