The New York State Archives preserves and makes accessible over 250 million records of New York State and colonial governments dating from 1630 to the present. They have vast onsite collections as well as considerable online collections that can be accessed 24/7.


Online Collections

The New York State Archives has Searchable Name Indexes that are rich in family history information. These indexes search the following collections:




Military Service


Prisons & Inmates


Wills & Probate


Dutch Colonial Records


Land Records


The New York State Archives has Research Topics/Guides


The New York State Archives has Digital Collections. Below is an alphabetical listing. These collections can also be searched by Collection, Place, Repository, or State Agency.



[su_heading size=”24″]Onsite Collections[/su_heading]

The New York State Archives has multiple ways to search onsite collections and newer acquisitons.


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Visit the Archives
Monday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday: Closed


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