Albany, NY Resources

The history of Albany, NY dates back to it's 17th century Dutch roots.  Over the centuries, it's location on the Hudson River made it a transportation center and it also became the state capital.  For an overview of Albany's history see http:/www.albanyny.org/government/city history.aspx .

For the genealogists and/or historian the following repositories are important:

Albany Public Library
The main branch has an Albany History Room which offers Federal and State Censuses on microfilm, many city directories for Albany and surrounding areas, a variety of local newspapers with a few dating to the 1780's, as well as many genealogy books and family histories.

New York State Library and Archives

The Local History and Genealogy area is manned by volunteers from the local genealogical society to aid visitors in navigating the collection.  The collection includes DAR records, census records, church records, local histories, family histories, city directories, and newspapers.  There are card files for easy access to surname records and vital records. 

The Archives is located in the same building on a separate floor.  There a state wide death index can be accessed.  The Archives is a rich source of research materials including manuscripts, rare books, prints, maps, and ephemera. 

An additional treasure is the New Netherland Research Center at the Archives which houses a rich collection of Dutch Colonial documents.

Important to note as well is that the Library's catalog also indexes manuscript collections at repositories across the state.

Albany County Hall of Records

This repository is a joint collection of City of Albany and Albany County archival records.  The website offers an index to the historical records of the collection as well as helpful finding aids.  There are some online databases such as a naturalization index and a mortgage and deed index.  The collection includes city directories, census records, a grantor/grantee property transaction index with records back to 1630, and marriage records back to 1870, and a vast variety of city records.