Searching for Records in Greene County, NY

Partitioned from Albany and Ulster Counties in 1800, Greene County lies in eastern New York and is located approximately 120 miles north of New York City. The county is bordered by Albany, Rensselaer, and Schoharie Counties to the north, Ulster to the south, Delaware County to the west and Columbia County to the east. The county seat is the Village of Catskill and the county is geographically divided into 14 towns, and 5 villages. The County’s population is 49,221, according to the 2010 U.S. census. Much of the county is mountainous and includes Catskill Park, which has some of the highest peaks in New York south of the Adirondacks, but also contains low lying flat lands in the northeast. 

Here are a couple resources to check out if you are searching for ancestors in Greene County:

Vedder Research Library – The Vedder Library, maintained by the Greene County Historical Society, contains an extensive collection of genealogy and local history materials including genealogies, research guides, cemetery inscriptions, court records, military records, probate indexes 1800–1930, and vital records. A complete list of holdings is available on their website.

Town of Lexington Historical Society – Website includes “History of Lexington, NY,” with select transcribed records documenting Lexington’s history, including land transactions, an indenture record, government appointments, and various town documents.

NYG&B members have access to all our original county guides on our website.  Each guide was created by experts in the field in order to direct researchers to these local, unique resources. To learn more about the benefits of membership, visit our our website.

Additionally, last year we published the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, which is filled with gazetteers, maps, and research guides to each of New York’s 62 counties.  Since our last printing, there have been many updates and changes noted.  See our website for the list of additions and corrections to Greene County.

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