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Genealogical Resources in Westchester County

 

LDS Libraries

Greater Hudson Heritage Network

Public Libraries

Quaker Records

Westchester County Genealogical Society

Westchester County Historical Society

Guide to Genealogical Research for Westchester County, New York

 Main Page for Genealogical Assistance

 
Records created in the course of government activity and deemed important enough for permanent retention, such as the 1870 school report pictured below, can be found in governmental repositories such as the Westchester County Archives. Such records can provide valuable information to genealogists.        
Report of the Trustees of Free School District No. 15 in the Town of Cortlandt for the School Year ending September 30, 1870.  Click image to view full page.
Other important genealogical sources, such as diaries, account books, personal letters and photographs, family histories, local histories, records of religious institutions, and published books and journals are often considered private records and are usually located in the collections of historical  and genealogical societies, in churches and synagogues, and in local, college and university libraries. This page provides genealogists tracing their roots in Westchester with a starting point for locating these private repositories.
LDS Libraries

The churches of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) have microfilmed and transferred to optical disk genealogical records worldwide. The organization operates two branches in the Westchester area.

Scarsdale Family History Center
60 Wayside Way
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914) 472-3186

Yorktown Family History Center
801 Kitchawan Road/Route 134
Yorktown, New York
(914) 941-9754 or (914) 941-9150

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Greater Hudson Heritage Network
The Greater Hudson Heritage Network is a not-for-profit consortium of historical agencies throughout the six counties of the lower Hudson region. Its Directory of Historical Agencies lists historical societies, museums, historic houses, libraries, and town historians in these counties and the Bronx. It is available for purchase.

Greater Hudson Heritage Network
2199 Saw Mill River Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
(914) 592-6726
      

Public Libraries
In addition to local history collections in individual public libraries, the libraries listed here have significant genealogical collections related to Westchester County:

Adriance Memorial Library
Poughkeepsie Public Library District
93 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Ferguson Library
Bedford and Broad Streets
Stamford, CT 06904

New York Public Library
Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
5th Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 121
New York, NY 10018-2788
(212) 930-0828

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Quaker Records
Members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) were early settlers in the County. The official repository for these records is:

Haviland Records Room
c/o New York Yearly Meeting
15 Rutherford Place
New York, NY 10016
      

Westchester County Genealogical Society
The Westchester County Genealogical Society meets monthly and publishes a newsletter of interest to family historians. The Society can also help researchers find professional genealogists in the area.

Westchester County Genealogical Society
PO Box 518
White Plains, NY 10603-0518

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Westchester County Historical Society
The Westchester County Historical Society maintains the County's largest collection of private manuscripts and genealogical records and publications. The Society publishes a quarterly journal, The Westchester Historian.

Westchester County Historical Society
2199 Saw Mill River Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
(914) 592-4323 (phone)
(914) 231-1515 (fax)
        

Guide to Genealogical Research for Westchester County, New York
Much useful information, including the addresses of municipal Clerks and of area churches (whose early records may be more valuable than official records), is available in The Guide to Genealogical Research for Westchester County, New York (2003, 3rd ed.) compiled by Marjorie C. H. Renino. For more information or to obtain a copy, contact the Westchester County Historical Society.
          
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