Census and Vital Record Pages

Updated May 31th, 2015

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New York State  Records for genealogy use

  • Birth certificates: Available from 1881 to 75 years ago and the person must be known to be dead
  • Death Certificates: Available from 1881 to 50 years ago.
  • Marriage Certificates: Available from 1881 to 50 years if both bride and groom deceased.
  • Direct Descendants: Time period are waived for direct descendants.
  • Local: You might also find it easier to the local registrar or town clerk of the place where the birth or death occurred or where the marriage certificate was issued
  • NYS Indexes: Going to be near one of the cities listed below?  If so you can check for microfiched indices for ALL of "public" New York State births, deaths, and marriages.  These can now be searched by the general public saving you expensive searching fees. You can find out ahead of time if the record exists, which town it is in, filing date, volume and page numbers.  All this will to make your trip to the registrar's or town clerk's office a productive on and save you having to pay a fee for a search that produces a "Not Found" result.
Rochester Public Library
115 South Avenue
Rochester, NY,14604

M,Th 9am-9pm,  T,W,F 9am-6pm
Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1-5
(585)-428-7300  TDD 454-8023
New York State Archives,
Cultural Education Center,
Empire State Plaza, Albany
Monday through Friday, 9:00-4:45

New York City
National Archives, at New York City
One Bowling Green, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10004
Toll-free: 1-866-840-1752 or 212-401-1620
Fax: 212-401-1638
Email: newyork.archives@nara.gov

Onondaga County Public Library
447 South Salina Street,
Syracuse, NY 13202;
Telephone (315) 435-1900

CAVEAT: Transcription, reproduction, loan or sale of indexes is not permitted. Several microfiche readers are available for use, however, researchers will be limited to one hour's use of a microfiche reader, if other persons are waiting to use the readers. 

For more information 

NYS DOH Vital Records Information Page

NYS Request Genealogical Services
Request from in PDF Format
in PDF Format

(Link to NYS Document Repository no longer exists)




Please do not contact the transcriber, or the coordinators for information on the census indexes.   They don't have permanent copies of the microfilm.   You can order the census index from your local LDS center or, for a small fee, have the Cattaraugus County Historian  look  up your request on their records.
The Cattaraugus County Historian's Office accepts inquiries about census records.  If you would like to have more information about an entry, please forward your request with the census page number, if you have it, to:

Evelyn Penman
Cattaraugus County Historian
302 Court Street
Little Valley, NY  14755

There is no charge for research services for Cattaraugus County residents.

Years 1820-1875
 $5.00 per name for each census year
Years 1880-1920
 $10.00 per name per census year

Click here for information on obtaining other records from New York State  for Genealogy Purposes

The Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) has put up the 1880 Federal Census on their web page at http://www.familysearch.org - you can access the census directly by clicking on the following link.
LDS 1880 Federal Census
 The above site is owned and maintained by the LDS

Information submitted by volunteers

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New York State Census Indices
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1855 Cattaraugus Indices by Alphabetical Surname

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Indices by Township in Cattaraugus County (reformatted March 7, 2018)
Allegany Farmersville Little Valley Perrysburg
Ashford Franklinville Lyndon P ersia
Bucktooth Freedom Machias Portville
Carrolton Great Valley Mansfield Randolph
Conewango Hinsdale Napoli South Valley
D ayton Humphrey New Albion Yorkshire
East Otto Ischua Olean
Ellicottville Leon Otto
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If you would like to have the entire 1865 index for all of Cattaraugus County so that you can browse it on your computer, you can download it here.  You can download it either as an HTML file, or as a MS Word Document.  Both are available to download in compressed (zip) format, either as a ZIP file, or as a self-extracting .EXE file.  Warning, after they are decompressed (unzipped), they are HUGE, over 9mb, and even on your hard drive they will take some time to open. 

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Individual Town Indexes

Allegany Franklinville Machias Randolph
Ashford Freedom Mansfield Salamanca
Carrolton Great Valley Napoli South Valley
Cold Spring Hinsdale New Albion Yorkshire
Connewango Humphrey Olean
Dayton Ischua Otto
East Otto Leon Perrysburg
Ellicottville Little Valley Persia
Farmersville Lyndon Portville

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1875  State Census Indices:  (Links will go "hot" as each town's index comes online)
Allegany Franklinville Lyndon Portville
Ashford Freedom Machias Randolph
Carrolton Great Valley Mansfield Red House
Cold Spring Hinsdale Napoli Salamanca
Connewango Humphrey New Albion South Valley
Dayton Indian Reservation Olean Yorkshire
East Otto Ischua Otto
Ellicottville Leon Perrysburg
Farmersville Little Valley Persia

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Other links of interest. 

Click for Census Online

by Mark Reed with links to cenus information on line.  Most of links are to our own GENWEB sites, but there are some others.  A helpfull tool to help simplify navigation if you are researching just census information
New York GenWeb Cemetery Links



Some of these links just point back to this web site. However, there are many links to other countys and other web sites outside of the GenWeb realm.  

Click Here for Census Tools
Some very  nice XL spreadsheets to help you organize your census information.  Not only forms to duplicate different census forms, but also "Census Trackers" which allow you to organize all the census information on a particular individual. 
These sheets are what we used to call "Honorware", they are essentially free, you don't need to pay anything to download and use them.  However, the author does asks for a purely voluntary donation of $10 (via Amazon.com's Honor System) if you are satisfied and use the spreadsheets.
National  Archives and Records Aministration web site with information on the 1930 Federal Census This is is a link to a comprehensive guide to the 1930 census. Learn how the census was taken, which records survive today,  and how to find microfilm that may contain your family's records.

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