Did you know there are almost 1,600 official historians in the state of New York? That's because back in 1919, the New York state legislature mandated that every "city, town, or village" must have an official historian. It's a regulation that's unique among the 50 states, and basically unenforceable. Towns are not required to pay these record-keepers, who are appointed by a town mayor or manager. Municipalities that fail to find a volunteer are sent a strongly worded letter, but little else can be done. Most historians work part-time, but can be very helpful.
You can search for the Historian for a particular place or browse through the list for the entire state - click on "Historians" above.
Part of the Cultural Education Center and repository for a multitude of genealogy sources. From church records to military records to surname files. There is an online catalog shared with the NYS Archives.
Part of the Cultural Education Center and repository for many records that contain information about individuals, such as:
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Part of the Cultural Education Center and repository of New York History, Archaeology, early Census records of Albany (1600's +), Family Pages and Family Biographies.
Genealogical/Historical Societies of the area: