The website of the Dutchess County clerk now offers online searching of 12,000 pages from the Ancient Documents collection of eighteenth-century legal papers from the Dutchess County Court of Common Pleas and General Sessions, which began operation in 1721. The collection may be searched by name, keyword, record type, offense, location and year. The New York State Archives Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund helped underwrite this three-phase project, whose final phase will commence this year.
The journal of the Dutchess County Genealogical Society, The Dutchess, published a surname index of the Ancient Documents collection in more than 50 installments, starting with vol. 21, no. 2.